Funny Bones (film) A young comedian, Tommy Fawkes, trying to succeed but living in the shadow of his famous father, George, flees to Blackpool, England, where he spent the first six years of his life and where he hopes to find the perfect physical comedy act. While auditioning acts there, he discovers dark secrets about his father’s past, most importantly that he has a half brother. Directed by Peter Chelsom. A Hollywood Pictures film. Released on March 24, 1995, exclusively in New York City. 128 min. Stars Oliver Platt (Tommy Fawkes), Lee Evans (Jack), Richard Griffiths (Jim Minty), Oliver Reed (Dolly Hopkins), George Carl (Thomas Parker), Leslie Caron (Katie), Jerry Lewis (George Fawkes). The film was shot on location in Blackpool, in Las Vegas, and at Ealing Studios in West London. Released on video in 1995.