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.

Mickey Finn

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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.

BBC Comedy Exhibition

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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…