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Tom's A'Gonner
« on: July 18, 2021, 01:24:51 PM »
Comedian Tom O'Connor dies aged 81 (BBC)

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-57879765

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2021, 01:28:40 PM »
Cross (because he’s dead and he’d rather be alive) wits.

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2021, 01:31:03 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2021, 01:35:38 PM »
He was on some bobbins daytime reality show around five years back. Can't remember what it was though. Celebrity Coach Trip, maybe. Hope this helps. He was deffo on a Come Dine With Me. I think.

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2021, 01:36:41 PM »
He's sleeping with the sardines now.

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2021, 01:40:09 PM »
Copied over from the Death List thread-

Actually got to see his act about seven years ago. It wasn’t aimed at my age group, but he was proper old school professional and quite funny (down to Earth I wouldn’t know about though).

At the time I thought he looked a little bit older than his years, but he was seven years past his Parkinson’s diagnosis I suppose. Didn’t stop him making a sharp exit at the end to reception to man a table selling his books (not that is at all unusual for comedians, of course. I remember Stewart Lee doing the same).

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2021, 01:40:15 PM »
Scant obituary from the BBC. Pathetic. He was a legend that propped up an ailing television industry during the 80s and early 90s, only to be booted to the sidelines by conservative television executives looking for bland but yoof-friendly. Now TV is all about nice but beige presenters such as Jenas, Scott, Banjo, Teeth - and I expect national days of mourning for them because the BBC put value in not rocking the cradle and try desperately to forget the true enigmas of TV like O'Connor.

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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2021, 01:46:09 PM »
I wonder if they'll just play the first 4 notes of the funeral march.

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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2021, 01:50:25 PM »
Scant obituary from the BBC. Pathetic. He was a legend that propped up an ailing television industry during the 80s and early 90s, only to be booted to the sidelines by conservative television executives looking for bland but yoof-friendly. Now TV is all about nice but beige presenters such as Jenas, Scott, Banjo, Teeth - and I expect national days of mourning for them because the BBC put value in not rocking the cradle and try desperately to forget the true enigmas of TV like O'Connor.

Least they didn't mention his marriage troubles. Though Stewart Lee did, as part of a routine. Unless I dreamt that

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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2021, 02:00:00 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2021, 02:06:30 PM »
Now TV is all about nice but beige presenters such as Jenas, Scott, Banjo, Teeth

Am I massively missing out by having no idea who any of these people are?

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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2021, 02:08:11 PM »
RIP Comedy Chat too.

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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2021, 02:15:59 PM »
He came out Stew (in a coffin)

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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2021, 02:23:58 PM »
I'm sure I read that he died some years ago. Maybe I got him confused with Tarbuck.

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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2021, 02:41:37 PM »
He taught at my primary school (St James) many years before I went there. Loved his CD when I was a kid. I imagine it hasn't held up but it is all on YouTube.

I'm sure I read that he died some years ago. Maybe I got him confused with Tarbuck.

Loads of people think he died in prison.

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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2021, 02:44:24 PM »
I'm sure I read that he died some years ago. Maybe I got him confused with Tarbuck.

Tarby's still alive.

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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2021, 02:44:54 PM »
He’s in soil.

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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2021, 02:59:37 PM »
He taught at my primary school (St James) many years before I went there. Loved his CD when I was a kid. I imagine it hasn't held up but it is all on YouTube.

Me too, i had a record from about 1975. Never made any sense of the stories but i loved the patter and the accents.

Always believed that he was very nice in person, heard that more than once.

And I'm racking my brains, I'm sure he was pranked by someone on a comedy show, when the trick was revealed, he was very friendly and sporting about it. Can anyone remember?

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« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2021, 03:30:50 PM »
He was standing at Preston train station just a few yards down from me on the platform about three years ago. He looked a bit lost. I almost went up to him to say 'how are you Tom?' - thought he'd actually be OK with that. Who knows?

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« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2021, 03:30:56 PM »

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« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2021, 03:48:27 PM »
Sad news. Rest in Peace mate.

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« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2021, 03:58:33 PM »
I think he had an LP called King Of Clubs.  Can't be bothered looking it up.  A definite fixture of 70s TV, and probably a good 'un.

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« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2021, 04:15:10 PM »
Vicki Michelle is claiming on Instagrams that he was a "very lovely man". If there's a higher authority, I'd love to see it

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« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2021, 05:06:48 PM »
He’s in soil.

Appreciate this greatly.

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« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2021, 05:11:58 PM »
Of course sardines are much more usually in tomato sauce.  Who ever had a sardine in oil?

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« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2021, 05:43:38 PM »
Tarby's still alive.

Yeah, figured it out now. It was Stan Boardman.

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« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2021, 05:55:49 PM »
Brucie, Tarby, Tommy O'Connory

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« Reply #27 on: July 18, 2021, 05:55:57 PM »
Saw him in Ilfracombe in about 1990. He was good. And Crosswits was good as well.

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« Reply #29 on: July 18, 2021, 09:54:42 PM »
Literally only heard of him cos of that Stewart Lee bit. RIP I guess. Now he's in a container and smells foul. Is he a sardine?

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