Thu 27 Jan, 2022 05:32 am
One of the great comedy legends has died. He was known mostly as a writer having written for most of the major British comedy shows from the 50s onwards, but he was also a popular panelist on quiz shows.
I'm surprised he lasted as long as he did, for the last years I was always taken aback to see he was still about.
He was one of the good guys, not racist, sexist or homophobic.
I looked over his biography on Wikipedia. He wrote for some of the people I liked over here, such as Jack Benny.
He was prolific, better known over here than there.
He was funny. Recall him on 'Would I Lie To You?' playing on his advanced age. 'Have the visitor's gone? They steal your trousers when you're asleep, you know.' You could see the love and respect the newer comics had for him. Comedy royalty. RIP.
He was, on every panel show, like just a minute or give us a clue, he got on really well with the younger comics.
In many ways he was the polar opposite of Jim Davidson who loved racism but hated disrespect towards the rich and powerful.
He wrote for Bob Hope, it's amazing how many people he was involved with. Nobody had a bad word to say about him.