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Eric Sykes Dies

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Eric Sykes Dies

Comedian Eric Sykes dies aged 89
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"Eric Sykes, 89, star of TV, stage and films, died peacefully this morning after a short illness," said Norma Farnes. "His family were with him."

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Born in Oldham, Sykes started his career writing radio material for comedians including Frankie Howerd, Tony Hancock and The Goon Show.

Sad. I used to particularly like Sykes with Hattie Jacques.
Some of the contemporary comedians could do with looking at some of the masters such as Eric Sykes for inspiration.

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A very funny man who will be sadly missed.
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A brilliant comedy actor who I thoroughly enjoyed.
Just ordered The Plank on DVD. I had it on VHS years ago.
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Very sad news.
Not many good comedians left now although Ken Dodd is still going strong.
I Simply fail to understand most of the younger comedians today, a number seem to find it amusing to make jokes about the disabled or other groups who cannot answer back, their so called jokes are often littered with four letter words to add effect.
Lucky we still have films and other recordings from years ago.
Anyone remember Tony Hancock ? one of the all time greats in my opinion.
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Very sad news, great admirer of Eric Sykes.
Have "The Plank" but there was another silent "similar" film, I think it was called "The Move" which was even better, had it on VHS but accidentally erased it Sad Sad
Edit: correction, its called "Its Your Move" brilliant.
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Anyone remember Tony Hancock ? one of the all time greats in my opinion.

One of my all time favourite comedians., and here's one of his classics:
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A great shame. I remember his series with Hattie Jacques, Deryck Guyler, and Richard Wattis. It's as funny now to watch as it was then.
As has been said, a great comedian that can be watched and laughed at by all the family.
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One of my favorite Sykes lines:-
When he asked a publisher "what would happen if he sold all the copies of my book he'd printed"
Publisher "I'll just print another 10" copies"

Or "I had lunch with a chess champion the other day. I knew he was a chess champion because it took him 20 minutes to pass the salt".
RIP Eric