The One Ronnie
As I’m sure you will all know, I have great time and admiration for that fantastic British comedy duo: The Two Ronnies, and for Ronnie Barker most especially. It was with great sadness that wordsmiths around the world learned of his passing, some two years ago. He really was a marvelously clever and funny big man. I adore his wordplay, and he was instrumental in my realising that smart people could be funny, a fact that I had overlooked while in was being bullied in school. Alas, Ronnie Barker is no more, living on only in television reels and youtube clips, and in the hearts and minds of millions of fans.
However, a bird in the hand is better than two in Shephard’s Bush and it appears with this in mind that the BBC made a new series, starring Ronnie Corbett, The One Ronnie. Or more so it was because Ronnie C has turned eighty this year, but my God does he still look marvellous in drag. Anyway, here’s a sketch from the new show; fans will of course recognise it as an homage to the Fork Handles and Ice Cream Parlour sketches. Ronnie Barker might not be around to write them anymore, but it’s just as good.