Eric Sykes Dies at 89- Now there are only two left


Eric Sykes

Eric Sykes


With the death of Eric Sykes today, only Galton & Simpson remain of that group of post WWII comic writers who changed broadcast comedy worldwide. All acknowledged their debt to Jack Benny & Fred Allen for creating the genre. ITMA and Tommy Handley saw the war years through. Then came Much Binding In the Marsh with Murdoch & Horne. Muir & Norden ( Still with us thankfully) forged ahead with Take it from here. Then Came The Crazy Gang which became the Goons. Milligan Sykes and Galton & Simpson formed Associated London Scripts. Each added new dimensions to Comedy. These men were autodidacts forged by WWII and responding to the economic gloom that was England in victory. Sykes wrote and performed. He wrote for Frankie Howerd and the Goons. 5o yewars ago I remember sitting in front of Montreal’s one channel and being mesmerised by he and Hattie Jacques. Where Milligan was mad as a hatter Sykes wrote,played golf then wrote again. His autobiography is a paen to his modesty-
Thank You Eric Sykes

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