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A genuine wit, there. And they come along all-too rarely. The "four candles" sketch is overplayed, but he really was a master of linguistic play and trickery. And I'm a sucker for that.

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The word 'genius' is over-used, but I think Ronnie B deserves it. As a writer, comedian and actor, there's not many who come close. RIP.

By IanIanSymes
October 04, 2005 @ 12:36 pm

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His peformances in Porridge still make me laugh out loud even though I practically know the scripts by heart. He had almost perfect comic timing, IMO equalled only by two other of my childhood heroes - Eric Morecambe and Peter Sellers (pre-Hollywood). IanIanSymes is quite right, the word 'genius' is hugely accurate when describing Ronnie Barker's comedic talent.

By pookee
October 04, 2005 @ 5:12 pm

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He truly was fantastic, a legend. The Two Ronnies Sketchbook reminded me of just how funny they were (Barker in particular) and how influential they've been on comedians now like The League Of Gentlemen, with the local shop being like a more extreme Two Ronnies sketch.

He's definitely up there with the best of the best.

By performingmonkey
October 04, 2005 @ 8:56 pm

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