Friday, 29 August 2008

Classic Comedy: The Two Ronnies

"My great grandfather was killed at Custer's last stand - he didn't take part in the fighting, he was camping nearby and went over to complain about the noise."

The Two Ronnies, along with Morecambe and Wise, were a regular part of TV viewing in the 1970s and 80s. The mix of sketches, monologues and guest spots from popular musicians of the day set the gold standard for sketch shows for many years.

The show started and ended the same way - with Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett both reading comedy "news" items.

Unusually for a double act, both Ronnie C and Ronnie B had successful solo careers whilst "The Two Ronnies" was airing, including "Porridge" and "Open All Hours" for Ronnie Barker, and "Sorry" for Ronnie Corbett.

Less well known at the time was the fact that Ronnie Barker also wrote many of the sketches, especially those including word play, such as the "Four Candles" sketch.

Just before Ronnie Barker's death a couple of years ago, they resurrected the format for "The Two Ronnies Sketchbook", which showed just how funny their stuff still was.

And here is the news

Four Candles

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