The Best of Ronnie Corbett

The passing of Ronnie Corbett is a huge loss to anyone who likes to laugh. These are my two favorite of his sketches. The first is one of the best known in British history, and in addition to the point it makes I love how Corbett plays with timing. The second is one of many moments of genius from The Two Ronnies.

p.s. To get the joke in the second sketch about Burke’s peerage vs. Berks, it may help to brush up on the rules of Cockney slang

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College Lonon. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over ten thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.