Another golden oldie from 2017
The phrase ‘comedy lecture’ sounds like a bit of an oxymoron but when you name it after Ronnie Barker and have it delivered by Ben Elton, how can anyone resist? It’s oxymoronically appropriate too, as Ben Elton and Ronnie B did not get off to the best start. They met at a BBC Light Entertainment dinner some time in the ’80’s, when the Two Ronnies were at the height of their fame. Ronnie C and Ronnie B held, as it were, separate orbits; Ronnie C’s being relaxed and full of laughter and Ronnie B’s being full of intent, nodding BBC executives listening to the great man pronounce. Excellent comic actor (and writer) he may have been; self-deprecating he undoubtedly was, but it seems Ronnie Barker could be a tad pompous. Anyway, as Ben Elton, Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson hovered at his shoulder like the three wise monkeys, Ronnie swivelled…
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2 thoughts on “Standing Up For Sitcom: The Inaugural Ronnie Barker Comedy Lecture”
I love Upstart Crow! Great characters, well written, and well acted: what’s not to love! Cheers, Jon.
It is good indeed but I can’t help feeling it’d be better with the cast of Blackadder : Rowan Atkinson as Shakespeare, Hugh Laurie as Marlowe and Stephen Fry as Robert Green