Tuesday, January 11, 2011

AS SEEN ON TV: MORECAMBE & WISE

Statistically, most of America has never heard of the comedy duo who makes up our "Two For Tuesday" edition of "As Seen On TV". I've only been able to see one or two of their comedy bits from their long career. But in Great Britain, they are so revered that there's a statue erected to their memory.....
MORECAMBE & WISE

AS SEEN IN:
"Eric & Ernie"

AS PLAYED BY:
Eric Morecambe - Daniel Rigby

Ernie Wise - Bryan Dick

From Wikipedia:
Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, usually referred to as Morecambe and Wise, or Eric and Ernie, were a British comic double act, working in variety, radio, film and most successfully in television. Their partnership lasted from 1941 until Morecambe's death in 1984. They have been described as "the most illustrious, and the best-loved, double-act that Britain has ever produced". In a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000, voted for by industry professionals, 'The Morecambe and Wise Show' was placed 14th. In September 2006, they were voted by the general public as number 2 in a poll of TV's Greatest Stars and in 2011 their early career was the subject of the television biopic "Eric and Ernie". BCnU!

2 comments:

On Smash said...

In NYC during the late 1970's WWOR, Chanel 9 used to show M&W at night. After the success of the Benny Hill show they started looking for other Brit shows

Toby O'B said...

I remember Dave Allen's show being brought over in the wake of Benny Hill, and I think the Two Ronnies rode that swell, but on Thirteen. Don't remember seeing M&W, But I also had an early wakeup for work back then....