Where Are All The Double Acts?

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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.