Funny Bones

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Funny Bones (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Funny Bones” is a dark comedy film released in 1995, directed by Peter Chelsom. The movie stars Oliver Platt as Tommy Fawkes, Jerry Lewis as George Fawkes, and Lee Evans as Jack Parker.

The story follows Tommy Fawkes, a struggling comedian in Los Angeles, who is unable to escape the shadow of his famous comedian father, George Fawkes. Determined to make a name for himself, Tommy travels to Blackpool, England, in search of fresh material and inspiration.

In Blackpool, Tommy encounters Jack Parker, a quirky and eccentric local comedian with a unique style that captivates audiences. Impressed by Jack’s act, Tommy steals some of his jokes and incorporates them into his own routine, hoping to revive his career.

As Tommy’s act gains popularity, he faces the consequences of his plagiarism and must confront his own insecurities and the complexities of his relationship with his father.

“Funny Bones” is known for its blend of dark humor and emotional depth, as well as the standout performances of Oliver Platt and Lee Evans. The film explores themes of identity, artistic integrity, and the desire to find one’s own voice in a world overshadowed by the legacy of others.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics but has been appreciated by audiences who enjoy unconventional and thought-provoking comedies.

“Funny Bones” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a unique and introspective comedy that offers a mix of laughter and introspection. It remains a poignant and emotionally resonant film that explores the complexities of the comedy world and the search for authenticity and individuality in the pursuit of artistic success.

Additional Details


  • Oliver Platt: Tommy Fawkes
  • Jerry Lewis: George Fawkes
  • Lee Evans: Jack Parker
  • Leslie Caron: Katie Parker
  • Richard Griffiths: Jim Minty
  • Sadie Corre: Poodle Woman
  • Oliver Reed: Dolly Hopkins
  • George Carl: Thomas Parker
  • Freddie Davies: Bruno Parker
  • Ian McNeice: Stanley Sharkey
  • Christopher Greet: Lawrence Berger
  • Ruta Lee: Laura Fawkes
  • Harold Nicholas: Himself
  • Peter Gunn: Nicky


  • Director: Peter Chelsom
  • Producers: Peter Shelsom and Simon Fields
  • Writers: Peter Chelsom and Simon Fields

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