British performer Tim Brooke-Taylor, a member of comedy trio The Goodies, has died after contracting coronavirus. He was 79.
- Brooke-Taylor’s agent said the comedian died from COVID-19
- His fellow Goodies members remembered him as a funny man and a great friend
- Their television show was a hit in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in the 1970s
Brooke-Taylor’s agent said he died on Sunday morning (local time) “from COVID-19”.
Fellow Goodies star Graeme Garden said Brooke-Taylor was “a funny, sociable, generous man who was a delight to work with”.
“Audiences found him not only hilarious but also adorable,” Garden said.
“His loss at this dreadful time is particularly hard to bear.”
The Goodies in 2003, from left: Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor. (PA via AP: Yui Mok)
Bill Oddie, the third member of the trio, remembered Brooke-Taylor as a “true visual comic and a great friend”.
Bill Oddie on Twitter: Fifty years and he only got cross with me once… well maybe twice… no quite a lot actually! No one could wear silly costumes or do dangerous stunts like Tim. I know it hurt cos he used to cry a lot.
Announcing the death, his agent said he was “an exceptional client” who had “many fans whom he always treated cheerfully, even after long and exhausting rehearsals and recordings”.
Comedians David Walliams, Ross Noble and Stephen Fry were among some of the British entertainers who paid tribute to Brooke-Taylor on Twitter.
David Walliams on Twitter: I was obsessed with ‘The Goodies’ as a child, the first comedy show I really loved. I queued up to get the Goodies’ autographs as a grown-up, and got to meet Tim Brooke-Taylor more recently at a party
“He was so kind and generous. It is so sad he is gone,” Walliams said.
Stephen Fry on Twitter: Just heard the devastating news of the death of Tim Brooke-Taylor. A hero for as long as I can remember, and –on a few golden occasions – a colleague and collaborator on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
Ross Noble on Twitter: So sorry to hear that Tim Brooke Taylor has passed away. He was such a lovely funny man. I watched him as a kid and it was always a thrill to work with him.
Rob Brydon on Twitter: So sad to hear that the great Tim Brooke Taylor has died. A wonderful man, so many happy times sat next to him on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
London-based Australian comedian Adam Hills wrote that Brooke-Taylor was “a lovely, wonderful, talented, generous, friendly human being”.
Adam Hills on Twitter: No. Just no. Such a lovely, wonderful, talented, generous, friendly human being. Absolutely devastated. Our heroes are dying from this thing. Please stay inside. Please stay safe.
Brooke-Taylor was part of Cambridge University’s Footlights revue, the breeding ground of several generations of British comedic talent.
He broke into radio and television comedy in the 1960s alongside future Monty Python members John Cleese and Graham Chapman.
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Brooke-Taylor then went on to form The Goodies with Garden and Oddie. The trio specialised in slightly surreal sketches incorporating visual inventiveness, slapstick and songs.
Their song Funky Gibbon even became a UK top 10 chart hit in 1975.
The Goodies perform their song Funky Gibbon, which was a hit in the UK.
Their TV show, which ran throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, was a hit in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
For more than 40 years, Brooke-Taylor was also a panellist on BBC radio’s much-loved comic quiz show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
Brooke-Taylor is being remembered as a generous and friendly person. (Wikimedia Commons)
Brooke-Taylor is survived by his wife, Christine, and two sons.
His death comes just months after Monty Python star Terry Jones passed away.
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