||[Mar. 31st, 2016|07:01 pm]
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. |
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.
I had no idea The Two Ronnies was shown in the States!
He got a lot of mileage out of his stature.:)
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.
And of course, the first run through of Monty Python. And Dad's Army, and Mother and Son...
Sure was. The Two Ronnies, was hilarious. Corbett will be missed.
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.
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.