And It’s Goodbye From Him…



Ronnie Corbett (right) and his comedy partner Ronnie Barker (who died in 2005), pictured in the 1970s.

Ronnie Corbett, best known for The Two Ronnies, dies aged 85 (BBC News)




A Ronnie wordplay tribute.

(Thanks Robert Boyle)

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38 thoughts on “And It’s Goodbye From Him…

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    Those two were one of the most annoying double acts on TV. But I admit his Timothy character was funny and well-scripted – really indicative of so many Irish sons. RIP.

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      Those two were one of the most annoying double acts on TV.

      Say it ain’t so Hoopsy!

      1. ivan

        heh – i read that and i understood what it felt like to be a fan of The Wire when somebody says ‘arrah it’s not all that’, like they did yesterday.

      2. Spaghetti Hoop

        Sorry. I hated this brand of dumb Saturday night canned laughter TV such as the Ronnies, Morecambe & Wise, Little & Large etc. I was too serious a kid perhaps ;)

        1. Bertie Blenkinsop

          Comparing The Two Ronnies to Little and Large is like comparing Bill Hicks to Michael McIntyre.

          1. ivan

            Or Cliff Richard to Keith Richards…

            (damn Keef for going back to the plural form of his name…)

    2. Medium Sized C

      “Those two were one of the most annoying double acts on TV.”

      Said somebody about every double act ever.

    3. Fairhill

      I agree though At the time it was first shown it used to be must see TV, but didn’t age well. A few years later Not the Nine O clock news did a piss take and I never found it funny again

  2. formerly known as

    The Extras episode, where he featured, was one of the funniest things I’ve seen. He may not have written it but he played along with it.

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          Darling, that’s tomorrow. We’re making a weekend event out of it. Bodger is gonna interview me, and get a hairy timeline going, and a liveblog. There will be balloons.

  3. Murtles

    Awww so sad, he had some cracking one liners, but a few I can think of off the top of my head :
    * “We will be talking to an out-of-work contortionist who says he can no longer make ends meet.”
    * “All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my right hand.”
    * “West Midlands Police have said tonight that they wish to interview a man wearing high heels and frilly knickers, but the Chief Constable said they must wear their normal uniforms.”
    And of course the four candles sketch with the other Ronnie was a side splitter
    :) RIP Ronnie

  4. Rich Uncle Skeleton

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  5. Tired old refrain

    i notice a direct correlation between people who enjoy the so-called ‘comedy’ of this worthless blackpool nightclub act and a low iq

    just sayin’

    1. Kieran NYC

      So people who enjoyed their clever wordplay type of comedy have low IQs?

      Makes sense to me.

    2. The People's Hero

      You ever notice that when someone fails badly on the internet, it’s always spectacular? Assuming you believe that opinion (not fact), it affords the rest of us to laugh at your imbecilic ill-informed state of being and judge your inability to hold an opinion worth caring about…..

        1. Bacchus

          It’s not that people don’t agree with you (although we don’t) it’s that you’ve shown yourself up as a moron while implying others might have a low IQ. I love irony.

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