Tim Brooke-Taylor: Cleese, Fry, and more pay homage to comedy “hero”


Tim Brooke-Taylor

John Cleese, Stephen Fry and David Mitchell paid tribute to “wonderful actor” Tim Brooke-Taylor after his death at the age of 79.

Cleese, who co-starred with Brooke-Taylor in the 60s and 70s, said he was “a great performer and companion.”

Fry described him as “a hero for as long as I can remember,” while Mitchell said “the world has been stolen.”

Former member of the 1970s trio The Goodies died on Sunday after contracting a coronavirus.

Cleese, who met the actor at Cambridge University and then appeared with him on stage and on screen, said the news meant he had just “lost the will to be stupid.”

Fry added that Brooke-Taylor was “sweet, kind, funny, wise, warm, but spiritually impactful when he chose to be.”

Mitchell, who appeared alongside Brooke-Taylor on the BBC Radio 4 panel show I’m Sorry I Havn’t A Clue, described him as “a wonderful comedian and a really lovable man.”

The surviving members of the Goodies mourned their co-star. Bill Oddie remembered him as “a true visual comedian and a great friend”, while Graeme Garden said he was “terribly saddened by the loss of a dear colleague and close friend over 50 years of age”.

The madcap sketch show started in 1970 and lasted 12 years, bringing the success of the TV trio during prime time.

Brooke-Taylor had previously performed with Garden, Oddie and Cleese, among others, in the BBC radio comedy I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again in the 1960s.


Brooke-Taylor (right) with I’m Sorry I’m Read That Again co-stars including John Cleese (second left)

This later led to Radio 4, I’m sorry, I have no idea. Brooke-Taylor appeared on the first edition in 1972 and remained a regular guest.

  • Obituary: Tim Brooke-Taylor

The show’s host, Jack Dee, said Brooke-Taylor was “a charming man and never anything but great company.”

He said: “Tim has brought a unique quality to Clue. He was a good team player, very generous as an artist, never selfish and always more than happy to present himself as the goal of the joke.

“For me, his great comedy gift played the innocent wounded and he did it with brilliance and a characteristic lightness of touch.

“It is always heartbreaking to lose a loved one, but these times have created the most cruel circumstances for this to happen and my thoughts are with his wife Christine and all of his family. “


The Goodies – Brooke-Taylor, Garden and Oddie – on their famous “trandem”

One of his greatest contributions to British comedy has been the co-writing and directing of the famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch with John Cleese, Chapman and Marty Feldman, originally for the ITV comedy program At Last The 1948 Show!

Crowds of other comedy and television figures have paid tribute on social media.

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