Last month, we told you of our discovery of the sad, untimely death of Ivo Pešák – the king of Dad Dancing from the Ivan Mládek Banjo Band. The guy became an internet phenomenon in the noughties when his dancing on the Ivan Mládek song Jožin z Bažin was discovered. The song was about a bog monster which had the unfortunate effect of scaring Razzi so much. Ivan, the leader of the Banjo Band which Ivo played with, said that the death of his band mate had come as a great loss. Now, however, we are pleased to announce we have discovered another music video starring Ivo with the other band he was in, The DýzaBoys, called “Poslední Guláš” or – for us philistines – The Last Goulash.
Today we are starting a new series of posts where we will share some of our favourite comedians and comedy routines with you. We love comedy here at Jammy Toast, be it from old masters or young pretenders. People like Peter Kay, Jeff Dunham, Sacha Baron Cohen, John Bishop and Jerry Sadowitz amongst the newer comedians with Ken Dodd, Mickey Finn and Eddie Flannigan amongst the older funny men. From time to time we will share some of our favourite comedians and today we thought we would start the ball rolling with…
Today the whole of Jammy Toast has gone into mourning after our friend Tim broke the news that Ivo Pešák has died. Ivo was a Czech singer, dancer, and comic performer. He is perhaps best known for his work with Ivan Mládek’s Banjo Band, and particularly for his high-spirited performance in the viral video phenomenon, featured on Jammy Toast yesterday, Jožin Z Bažin. Ivo was born at Jaroměř, then in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. He was a member of the rock ‘n’ roll revival band known as the Rockec Ivo Pesaka. He died in Prague from complications following a heart bypass surgery in 2011, he was 66. In Ivo’s later years, he was in a duo named Dýza Boys.
As many of you will know, Edward has been trawling through the Jammy Toast archives for posts to include on our other site; Classic Toast. Yesterday he discovered some posts from 2008 featuring an old friend of ours Jožin Z Bažin. Now Jožin is the creation of another old friend of ours Ivan Mládek. So for the purposes of those of you who have never head of Jožin or Ivan let me explain. Ivan Mládek is from Prague and in 1966 he formed his first – now famous – Banjo Band. In the 1970s Ivan and his Band had become famous in Czechoslovakia. By the mid-1980s, Ivan was the star of many Czechoslovakian television shows.
The Chimpton and I have been arguing lately – nothing new there you may all be saying. However, this time it is because I wanted to start a new series of posts on Jammy Toast featuring some of our favourite comedians. Nothing wrong with that, except The Chimpton says our taste in comedy is old fashioned and is mostly from the 1970s. I disagree with this because, although I do like many older comedians, I also like many modern comedians also. Peter Kay, Jeff Dunham, Sacha Baron Cohen, John Bishop and Jerry Sadowitz amongst the newer comedians with Ken Dodd, Mickey Finn and Eddie Flannigan amongst the older funny men.
When Bimbo and I were kids, comedy double acts were all the rage. Morecombe and Wise, Little and Large, Cannon and Ball, the list was pretty much endless. However, these days neither of us can name one young TV double act and neither can Barry Cryer – the comedy writer who has written for some of the best comedy acts. In fact, at the start of his career he wrote for the gold standard of comedy duos, Morecambe and Wise. “It’s like telepathy,” Cryer says. “It’s rapport, a chemistry. They feed off each other.” At the height of their powers, Eric and Ernie raked in more than 28 million TV viewers. These days, they’ve overwhelmingly made way for stand-ups or comedy troupes.
Here at Jammy Toast, we have just learned of the death last year of a true great Liverpool comedian, Mickey Finn. He died last March at the age of 69. Mickey, who was originally from the Scotland Road area and lived in Litherland, died in St Joseph’s Hospice, in Thornton, near Crosby. Mickey, who was born Joseph Flannery, fell ill in November 2015 while appearing in Stan Boardman’s play Medals. He spent months in hospital after suffering blood poisoning and complications arising from existing heart problems.
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