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.
An exhibition featuring the best of British comedy and sitcoms is opening in Warwickshire. Comedy faces from Frankie Howerd to Ricky Gervais are on display at the Compton Verney Art Gallery from 9th July. BBC Faces of Comedy is showing 100 pictures ranging from the 1950s to the present day. Leading comics have curated the exhibition – including Have I Got News For You panellist Paul Merton and the star of Citizen Khan, Adil Ray. Here they talk about some of their favourite comedy moments…
Welcome to the first, but hopefully not last, annual Bear Awards. We decided that if the Queen can have a New Year’s Honours List then we don’t see why we cannot have a New Year’s Bear List. The General Idea is to give some recognition to the people who have given us something during the last twelve months. They could have made us laugh, astonished us with facts, entertained us with a film – the scope of the Bear Awards is wide-ranging.
This year’s Edinburgh Comedy Festival has ended and all the prizes handed out to the best and worst comedians. Because they are so funny, we thought we would share the funniest jokes with you all. Comedian Tim Vine won the prize for the funniest joke after his joke made the shortlist of 24 jokes, which were then voted on by members of the public.