Congratulations to Ronnie Corbett, CBE

I am so glad that Ronnie Corbett has made the Honours List. Some stuffy sorts feel that honours should be reserved for those British actors who perform “serious works”, e.g., Osborne plays and Shakespearean dramas. But a country that has given so much to the world of comedy (and whose citizen could stand to laugh much more than they do) should celebrate its masters of the craft. Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett were brilliant comedians and their names still quite rightly bring a smile to many a British face.

I have already posted at RBC my favorite Two Ronnies sketch, a brilliant parody of Mastermind involving a most unusual contestant. Many of my British friends consider “Four Candles” even funnier.

Author: Keith Humphreys

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2 thoughts on “Congratulations to Ronnie Corbett, CBE”

  1. They were largely unknown in the US, though some PBS stations did air their old shows. The one Ronnie that’s left had an Internet hit recently with this fruity bit about consumer electronics, which, in setting and concept, is similar to the video here.

    1. Thanks Jay, that was funny.

      Hadn’t realized that the Two Ronnies hadn’t jumped the pond — that’s too bad for America.

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