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Double acts and partnerships..the funny one and the erm..less so

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Initial post: 4 Nov 2009 10:29:19 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Thread on Enfield got me thinking about other comedy partnerships where one of the partners is much funnier, better actor, more talented etc than the other. A good example is the Two Ronnies, with Barker pretty much carrying Corbett throughout their career. He wrote many of the best TR sketches and was clearly a far better comic actor too. And Cannon and Ball....errm....OK I'll stop there. Any others?

Posted on 4 Nov 2009 10:46:08 GMT
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Posted on 4 Nov 2009 19:38:32 GMT
gille liath says:
I think the best example of this is French & Saunders. Dawn French is actually pretty funny; Jennifer Saunders is, shall we say, not.

I don't agree about Corbers, he's a comic genius in his own (admittedly minor) right. But the Two Ronoids were never a proper double act, anyway - more two comics who happened to work on the same show. For 87 years.

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 04:17:41 GMT
Natasha S says:
Kermit and Miss Piggy are a brilliant double act.

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 08:59:12 GMT
Bug DeLug says:
The good- The Two Ronnies
The bad- Mitchell and Webb

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 10:41:33 GMT
gille liath says:

Yes, but no weak link there!

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 12:01:49 GMT
T. Franklin says:
The Bad - Little & Large
The Badder - Hale & Pace
The Worst - Cheese & Onion

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 12:29:01 GMT
Martin says:
I don't agree about Ronnie Corbett either - for me he was the true comedian in The Two Ronnies, and was naturally funny without a script unlike Ronnie Barker who was really just a comedy actor and not funny at all as himself.

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 12:43:46 GMT
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Dustin Gee and the one that's still alive.............

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 12:49:38 GMT
gille liath says:
We must stop agreeing like this!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 12:53:17 GMT
Martin says:

Posted on 6 Nov 2009 15:58:03 GMT
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Posted on 7 Nov 2009 11:06:57 GMT
gille liath says:
Do you find it at all depressing that most of the contributors to this haven't read the question? Shame, cos it's an interesting one - the dynamics of the double act. It's always easy to think the straight man is untalented, but it ain't necessarily so - cf. Oliver Hardy. I don't think there are really any proper double acts nowadays, with one exception: PJ and Duncan, sorry, Ant and Dec. 'We don't do everything together, you know!'

Posted on 7 Nov 2009 11:21:41 GMT
Phatmandan says:
OK not strictly a double act as such, but the radio god that is Terry Wogan and his Audience have been together for such a long time it has become difficult to separate them. But surely it has been his audience that has supplied the truly comic material. Any thoughts?

Posted on 8 Nov 2009 19:00:22 GMT
Debs W says:
I know its not a double-act on stage, but I thought Dawn French was much funnier as Geraldine Grainger with Alice Tinker in the Vicar of Dibley than she ever was with Jennifer Saunders. I personally think that Morecambe and Wise were the ultimate Double Act, they suited each other perfectly.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2009 23:57:51 GMT
Martin says:
Ant & Dec surely decant together?

Posted on 9 Nov 2009 00:02:33 GMT
PJGE says:
Graham Garden 'carrying' Tim Brooke-Taylor. Brooke-Taylor should be an inspiration for us all, his career shows that not only does the BBC not discriminate of the grounds of race and sex but - in his case - not on the grounds of talent. That a waste of space can make it big is an inspiration and an amazement.

Posted on 10 Nov 2009 19:16:26 GMT
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis spring to mind as candidates for best current double act. But as the thread regards who is the lesser talent of the two, I'd say it's probably Punt, if only because Dennis has taken reasonably well to television, and - as far as I can remember - Punt has not done any (barring game shows) since the two started out with Paul Merton. On radio though their "tasks" as part of a double act are pretty well defined and, as the old song says "you can't have one without the other".

Posted on 11 Nov 2009 17:26:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Nov 2009 17:31:25 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - Blair the actor and comedian, Brown the stooge and bad actor

there were many great writers working with the 2 Rons and i really enjoyed Corbett's monologue - underrated a bit as a comic actor i think but not in Barker's class

Other Masters -
Pete and Dud
Fry and Laurie

Posted on 11 Nov 2009 17:35:46 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. just as well Bing could sing !

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2009 15:23:21 GMT
I can't agree that Garden carried anyone, The Goodies were a triple act and I never found them funny. Garden, Brooke-Taylor and Oddie all took part in the radio show 'I'm sorry I'll read that again' (along with John Cleese and others). I thought it was brilliant but I was only about 15 at the time. Brooke-Taylor was also very good when he partnered Marty Feldman in numerous TV sketches but Feldman was a genius.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2009 14:13:09 GMT
Debs W says:
You mention politicians - what about the funniest of them all, Boris Johnson?! He is a total blast and I always look forward to his latest exploits. Ping pong will forever been known to me as whiff whaff and I particularly enjoyed seeing a picture of him jogging in voluminous shorts LOL a comic genius.
I also admire HRH Prince Phillip (aka Mrs Queen) - I am going to really miss him when he falls off his perch. Never fails to grab my interest and make me laugh like a drain :)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2009 16:17:46 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
r u any relation of Barry ?
totally agree - TB-T on radio "ISIRTA" - very funny, i think some of that show was improvised
think Bill Oddie was the weakest but hairiest

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2009 16:19:36 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
who are u suggesting is Boris' less talented partner - Snooty Cameron?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2009 19:09:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2009 19:12:50 GMT
Debs W says:
I was thinking more of Anne Widdecombe. Wouldn't they make a great double act??? :D
And Prince Phillip's has got to be the Queen who could look at him daggers and whack him with her handbag as soon as they get home! Someone call the BBC quick...they are missing a trick! LMAO
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