Sunday, December 26, 2010

Funny Fruit

I've long been a fan of British humor—Monty Python, in particular, but also several of the series like Yes, Minister and To the Manor Born—but I never really got hooked on The Two Ronnies. Perhaps I was just too young at the time: although the show ran in the U.K. into the 1980s, it was only on in Fort Worth for a brief time in the mid-'70s, when I was a 12 or 13. In more recent years, I have acquired a book of 20th century British sketch comedy—from bits written for the musical halls through the golden age of radio in the 1950s and, finally, into television—and it including many by Ronny Corbett and Ronny Barker and their writers that I have enjoyed reading (and rereading them) immensely. Their humor very language-based and, most often, heavily-laden with puns. Ronny Barker died a few years ago but Ronny Corbett is still working—most recently creating this very funny sketch for a Christmas special on the BBC.

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