I’m truly saddened to hear about the death of Ronnie Corbett. One of the last from an elite and unforgettable number of comedians to leave this mortal realm. Whether you loved him or hated him, Ronnie Corbett was an undisputed titan of British entertainment, who alongside the late great Ronnie Barker made a genius contribution to the landscape of comedy. I grew up watching The Two Ronnies with my Grandad and the memories captured whilst viewing those iconic sketches will stay in my heart and mind forever. From ‘The Ice Cream Parlour’ sketch and ‘The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town,’ written by the legendary Spike Milligan to the immortal ‘Fork Handles’ has influenced every British comedian who has followed them directly or indirectly.
I know that the duo’s humour has influenced my writing consistently which is inescapably apparent in one of my upcoming projects. Today a nation of comedy lovers will mourn the passing of a great, but we will also be thankful for a vast body of hilarious work that we can chuckle at for generations to come.
What better way to pay tribute to Ronnie C than with one of his ingenious wandering monologues that brought us so many laughs.
I leave you with ‘The Parrot Joke’
Ronnie you will be missed…
It’s good night from me… and good night from him.
1930 – 2016