Ronnie Corbett died last night, at the age of 85, with his wife and two daughters by his side. The man who was best known as one half of the British sitcom, The Two Ronnies, graced our screens for 16 years from 1971 to 1987 and in that time, he made many love him.
He finished every show with “And it’s goodnight from him, and goodnight from me,” a line any Ronnies fan will remember vividly.
The pair were renowned for their skits and their armchair comedy, both of which were dearly loved across the world.
One of Barker’s memorable skits, Mastermind comes to mind when we look back.
And beyond that, there is so many funny quips and quotes that we can’t capture them all. Here’s a few.
“We’ve just heard that in the English Channel, a ship carrying red paint has collided with a ship carrying purple paint. It is believed that both crews have been marooned.”
“There was a fire at the main Inland Revenue office in London today, but it was put out before any serious good was done.”
“West Mersea police announced tonight that they wish to interview a man wearing high heels and frilly knickers, but the Chief Constable said they must wear their normal uniforms.”
“We’ll be talking to a car designer who’s crossed a Toyota with Quasimodo and come up with the Hatchback of Notre Dame.”
“After a series of crimes in the Glasgow area, Chief Inspector McTavish has announced that he is looking for a man with one eye. If he doesn’t find him, he’s going to use both eyes.”
“A juggernaut of onions has shed its load all over the M1. Motorists are advised to find a hard shoulder to cry on.”
“If I wear too much tartan I tend to look like a Thermos flask.”
“A man was marooned on a desert island. One day a beautiful woman arrives in a wet suit. ‘When did you last have a smoke?’ she asks. ‘Five years ago.’ So she gets out a cigar and he smokes it. She unzips her wet suit a bit and says, ‘When did you last have a drink?’ He said, ‘Five years ago.’ So she gets out a bottle of Scotch and he has a drink. Then she unzips her wet suit a bit more and says, ‘And when was the last time you played around?’ He looks at her in amazement and says: ‘You’re not telling me you’ve got a set of golf clubs in there?”’
“It was revealed in a government survey published today that the Prime Minister is doing the work of two men, Laurel and Hardy.”
What’s your finest memory of Ronnie Corbett?
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