Comedic Giant Ronnie Corbett Has Passed Away
The comedic giant Ronnie Corbett has passed away today, aged 85. Born on the 4th December 1930, the entertainer had been suffering from ill-health. He had previously been to hospital in 2014 with gall bladder problems.
A statement from his publicist said: “Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family.
“They have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.”
He was also well-known for his appearance alongside Monty Python’s John Cleese in the cutting-edge satirical comedy The Frost Report which aired in the 1960s – here’s one of their sketches:
Most well-known for being one of The Two Ronnies which ran between 1971 to 1987, the classic comedy icon will be sorely missed. Here are just a few of his best gags:
“There was a fire at the main Inland Revenue office in London today, but it was put out before any serious good was done”
“A man was marooned on a desert island. One day a beautiful woman arrives in a wet suit. ‘When did you last have a smoke?’ she asks. ‘Five years ago.’ So she gets out a cigar and he smokes it. She unzips her wet suit a bit and says, ‘When did you last have a drink?’ He said, ‘Five years ago.’ So she gets out a bottle of Scotch and he has a drink. Then she unzips her wet suit a bit more and says, ‘And when was the last time you played around?’ He looks at her in amazement and says: ‘You’re not telling me you’ve got a set of golf clubs in there?”
“West Mersea police announced 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.”
Comedian Ricky Gervais led a number of triputes:
RIP the lovely, funny legend Ronnie Corbett. It was an absolute honour & joy to have known him.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 31, 2016
Ronnie Corbett had the rare talent of making all generations laugh. He'll be remembered as one of the all time great comedians.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 31, 2016
Ronnie Corbett was a giant of British entertainment who was loved by millions. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with his family
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 31, 2016
And it's good night from Ronnie Corbett . Thanks for all the laughs mate.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 31, 2016
Feature image from here.