British performer Tim Brooke-Taylor, a member of comedy trio The Goodies, has died after contracting the brand new Corona Virus. He was 79.
Brooke-Taylor’s agent says he died Sunday morning “from COVID-19.”
Brooke-Taylor was half of Cambridge University’s Footlights revue, the breeding floor of a number of generations of British comedian expertise. He broke into radio and tv comedy within the 1960s alongside future Monty Python members John Cleese and Graham Chapman.
Cleese and British comedian actors Rob Brydon and David Walliams have been amongst these paying tribute this weekend to Brooke-Taylor on social media.
I used to be obsessive about ‘The Goodies’ as a toddler, the primary comedy present I actually cherished. I queued as much as get the Goodies’ autographs as a grown-up, and acquired to fulfill Tim Brooke-Taylor extra just lately at a celebration. I used to be in complete awe, however he was so variety & beneficiant. It is so unhappy he’s gone. <a href=”https://t.co/wxyGpJoyIU”>pic.twitter.com/wxyGpJoyIU</a>
Brooke-Taylor went on to kind The Goodies with Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. The trio specialised in barely surreal sketches incorporating visible inventiveness, slapstick and songs. Their music Funky Gibbon even grew to become a U.K. prime 10 chart hit in 1975.
Their TV present, which ran all through the 1970s, was successful in Britain, Australia and New Zealand and developed a cult following in lots of different international locations.
The Goodies fashioned half of a golden period of British tv comedy within the 1960s and 70s that included Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Not the Nine O’Clock News.
For greater than 40 years, Brooke-Taylor was additionally a panellist on BBC radio’s a lot cherished comedian quiz present I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
Goodies co-star Garden mentioned Brooke-Taylor was “a humorous, sociable, beneficiant man who was a delight to work with. Audiences discovered him not solely hilarious but in addition lovely.”
“His loss at this dreadful time is especially arduous to bear,” Garden mentioned.
Writer-performer Stephen Fry tweeted: “Just heard the devastating information of the demise of Tim Brooke-Taylor. A hero for so long as I can keep in mind, and — on a number of golden events — a colleague and collaborator on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Gentle, variety, humorous, sensible, heat, however piercingly witty when he selected to be. So unhappy.”
Brooke-Taylor is survived by his spouse, Christine, and two sons.
Tim was an enormous half of my early comedy life. We carried out collectively in The West End, on Broadway, and in over 100 “I’m Sorry I’ll Read that Again”s. And then two collection of “At Last, It’s The 1948 Show”<br><br>He was an important performer and companion.<br><br>I’ve simply misplaced the desire to be foolish
So unhappy to listen to that the nice Tim Brooke Taylor has died. An exquisite man, so many joyful occasions sat subsequent to him on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Here we’re with Barry, Colin and Graeme at a celebration of the present in January. He was on nice kind. My ideas are along with his household. <a href=”https://t.co/9CfottzJVe”>pic.twitter.com/9CfottzJVe</a>