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Ronnie Corbett [Mar. 31st, 2016|07:01 pm]
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Little chap, bouncy but not cocky, sweet-natured and naturally funny. Working with Ronnie Barker meant wigs and accents, but he didn't need them- and the most reliably funny section of their show was the bit where he sat- as himself- in a huge leather chair and told shaggy dog stories. Not everything he did was first rate but- in a career that stretched from the post-war comedy clubs to a self-subverting cameo in Ricky Gervais's Extras- he did movies, sitcoms, sketches and stand up- and the best of his clips are going to go on being recycled for as long anyone continues to take an interest in 20th century British comedy. 
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2016-03-31 06:10 pm (UTC)
We used to get the show on PBS here on Friday nights. I still remember him singing:
"I have never seen a body
comin' thro the rye
I cannot see anybody
for it grows too high."

As I short person myself, I still find this extremely funny. He will be missed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-31 06:17 pm (UTC)
I had no idea The Two Ronnies was shown in the States!

He got a lot of mileage out of his stature.:)
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2016-03-31 06:28 pm (UTC)
PBS is responsible for a lot of *your* tv being shown here. I watch As Time Goes By on Saturday nights, we all know who Hyacinth Bucket is, and there is Fawlty Towers. But I did love the Two Ronnies, very much.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-31 06:56 pm (UTC)
Well I never!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2016-03-31 07:55 pm (UTC)
And of course, the first run through of Monty Python. And Dad's Army, and Mother and Son...
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2016-04-01 09:56 am (UTC)
Sure was. The Two Ronnies, was hilarious. Corbett will be missed.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-04-02 04:46 pm (UTC)
A real loss, absolutely. And, perhaps due to where its roots lay, their comedy spanned just about all ages and classes - not out of being mindfully "child safe" or anything like that, but simply having innately broad appeal, whomever they might be riffing on at the time.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-02 05:02 pm (UTC)
Barker and Corbett's career coincided with a time when there were only two or three TV channels and families sat down together to watch the big shows- of which theirs was one. They reached more people at any given time than is possible now. It was a sort of a golden age.
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