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Ronnie Corbett

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:20 pm
by Dirty Old Yank
Saddened to learn of comedy icon Ronnie Corbett’s passing.
Like most of the best of British telly the Two Ronnies wasn’t broadcast here, haven’t seen it yet but hope to someday. What little I’ve seen (not intended as a joke) of his work was always brilliant. Knew him best from "The Frost Report," “Casino Royale,” “Fierce Creatures,” and “Burke and Hare.” RIP.

Re: Ronnie Corbett

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:57 pm
by Archie
Yes a great entertainer The Two Ronnie's was always part of my families Saturday night viewing in the 70's RIP.

Re: Ronnie Corbett

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:56 pm
by Ivor Biggun
Terrible news. One of the last of the old guard of comedians before the dragon of alternative comedy reared it's ugly head. Apart from his work with Ronnie B., I liked him in Sorry! and No Sex Please, We're British.

Re: Ronnie Corbett

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:07 pm
by Ilovesteptoe
So sad on hearing this. Loved the Two Ronnies as a kid. Still do. Last of the true double act greats. RIP Ronnie C. :|

Re: Ronnie Corbett

PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:08 am
by Dirty Old Yank
Ilovesteptoe wrote:...Last of the true double act greats...

You may be right ILS, but do you know the Smothers Brothers? Thoroughly hilarious and completely brilliant folk musician/comedians, they’re retired now but their albums were an inestimably positive influence this side of the pond in the early-mid 1960’s. Well worth looking for.

Re: Ronnie Corbett

PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:36 pm
by Ilovesteptoe
Dirty Old Yank wrote:
Ilovesteptoe wrote:...Last of the true double act greats...

You may be right ILS, but do you know the Smothers Brothers? Thoroughly hilarious and completely brilliant folk musician/comedians, they’re retired now but their albums were an inestimably positive influence this side of the pond in the early-mid 1960’s. Well worth looking for.


You're right DOY. There are some other great double-acts still out there on both sides of the pond. Not myself being familiar with the American Smothers Brothers ( will check them out a.s.a.p) my knowledge is only acts that I grew up with i.e Morecambe & Wise, and of course the Two Ronnies in the UK.

There are parallels with both acts as both too. Both Eric Morecambe and Ronnie Barker passed leaving both their comic partners behind. Only difference being both Eric & Ernie were childhood friends, performers not writers, and that Eric was the leading force behind the duo comedy. His death in 1984 left a huge void which could never be filled hence his comedy career was effectively over. In the latter stages of life he (wise) was a paper Garden columnist until ill health forced him to retire completely before his untimely death due to a heart attack in 1999.

Unlike Morecambe & Wise The Two Ronnies on the other hand were multi skilled and had numerous strings to their bows. Once their 12th and final TV series ended in 1987, then later in 1988 Ronnie Barker decided to retired from the business to run his beloved Antiques shop, and in-between they both still had a career in television, well Corbett did where Barker did it out of choice. Barker did the odd acting role which he cherry picked, continued script writing for others, and had a one-off Two Ronnies reunion with a friend Corbett who himself never stopped working with comedy series walk-ons, charity golf tournaments, appearing in countless pantomimes, commercials/TV Ads and so on. End of an era. Very sad.

Re: Ronnie Corbett

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:34 pm
by Uncle Nobby
Ronnie Corbett RIP.

What a great comedian, gone to the great armchair in the sky.
A bit of humour in this sad occasion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAG39jKi0lI

Re: Ronnie Corbett

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:34 pm
by Ivor Biggun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JSahEDRjvw

One of the Two Ronnie's best with guest Stephen Fry.