And its goodnight from him.

by Harry on April 2, 2016


Even the Grainud obit underestimates him, I think. Sometime, before too long, I am sure that Radio 4 Extra will carry that lovely play from a couple of years ago about the relationship between the two ronnies. Til then, here Desert Island Discs. If anyone can find a clip of him on Crackerjack… please!!!!

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Anna 04.02.16 at 3:21 am

…erm, that shuold be “Grauniad”, if Im not misstaiken.

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Dean C. Rowan 04.02.16 at 5:17 am

I’m a librarian. I love that he provoked other librarians to utter, once again, “We are trying to improve the image of librarians.” Not knowing the show, I’m guessing Timothy Lumsden’s performance wasn’t actually a step in any particular direction vis-a-vis librarians, yet some moronic librarians chose to view it as such, and offensively so. Meanwhile, doctors recommend stretching exercises. Their image?

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Dipper 04.02.16 at 10:36 am

My memory of British comedy in the 1970’s is that it was essentially joke after joke with little observation or commentary. There were two comedians who pulled stand-up (or in his case, sit down) comedy in the direction we see now, a humorous monologue. The obvious one is Billy Connolly, but Ronnie Corbett in his armchair monologue (2nd clip) was the other. As a teenager I would, along with the rest of the UK, watch the Two Ronnies every week. As I got older, Ronnie Corbett’s monologue went from an annoying break between sketches to become for me the highlight of the show. Very clever in its construction, and ahead of his time. Always a joy to watch.

I can’t find the clip of him in the toilet in Extras, but would be very grateful if someone else could locate it on the web.

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harry b 04.02.16 at 12:47 pm

Go to about 3.00:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-Gmi3SNGCM
Thanks, I’d never seen that.

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Gary Othic 04.02.16 at 6:10 pm

A very great comedian; felt the same way as Dipper about his monologues (only ‘got’ them later). His comic timing and ability to hold a pause was superb.

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BBA 04.02.16 at 6:15 pm

I’ll light fork handles in his memory.

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ZM 04.03.16 at 3:26 am

I will watch some YouTube clips to remember him, I loved the two ronnies when I was a child they were so funny.

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ScrewyCanuck 04.03.16 at 2:37 pm

ZM, we’re on the same page. I watched a number of The Two Ronnies shows throughout the evening, and enjoyed the tributes many colleagues have given. I have many fond memories of watching The Two Ronnies on PBS, with my Dad (who recently passed as well). Both Ronnie Corbett and his partner Ronnie Barker were such warm personalities. I’m really grateful their shows are preserved for us to reminisce and enjoy one again.

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