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--> '''Ronnie Corbett:''' "Well it's hello from me..."
--> '''Ronnie Barker:''' "...and it's hello from him!"

Another famous British comic double act, but these two did other pretty famous stuff separately. Their show on the BBC (''The Two Ronnies'') ran from 1971 to 1987.
Consisted of:
* Ronnie Barker. Also did ''{{Porridge}}'' (as the lead prisoner) and ''Series/OpenAllHours'' (as Arkwright, the stammering shop owner - the series also features a young Creator/DavidJason)
* Ronnie Corbett. A short guy (who would make jokes about it), who also appeared in ''Sorry!'' and has presented ''HaveIGotNewsForYou''.

Most of the humour is based on wordplay, with sketches built around the {{Spoonerism}}, {{pun}}s, homophones, [[{{Mondegreen}} mondegreens]] and similar. The show had many writers: in a fairly famous background story, one of the more celebrated writers was the mysterious Gerald Wiley, who was eventually revealed to the production team to be Ronnie Barker himself submitting material under an assumed name.

OnceAnEpisode, Corbett would always give one of his famous "chair monologues", which consisted of him telling a long rambling story to the audience from an armchair, always taking jabs at the producer and/or his wife. Often these were based around a joke which, if told straight, would not be very funny - the hilarity came from the roundabout and tangential way he got to the punchline.

The most famous Two Ronnies sketches have to be:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu9MptWyCB8 "Four Candles".]] A shopkeeper serially misunderstands his customer reading out a shopping list. "No, I said fork 'andles! 'Andles for forks!"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Si7_e-934 "Mastermind".]] A close impersonation of the {{quiz show}} ''Series/{{Mastermind}}'', with Corbett as a contestant who specializes in "Answering the question before last." His misaligned answers get funnier and funnier as the sketch proceeds.

Each series included a serial, in full costume and with drama-series quality props (not that that was ''very'' high quality on the BBC in those days). The most (in)famous was ''The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town'', written by Creator/SpikeMilligan ("and a Gentleman").

Barker died in 2005. Corbett is still alive and acting.

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!!This double act includes examples of:
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption:
** Although not using interruptions per se, the "''Series/{{Mastermind}}''" sketch is perhaps the ultimate in cleverly using this trope.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6jWCVO38iA "Crossed Lines"]] is a more literal version of the gag, with two people at payphones, whose halves of their conversations are "unintentionally" funny together.
* BedsheetGhost: One turns up in the serial "Stop! You're killing me!", haunting the graveyard at dead of night. Charlie's response is to build a device to blow the bedsheet off it from below. The first person to trigger it [[PantyShot is a young woman in a short skirt]], the second [[GoofyPrintUnderwear is the local vicar]], and the third [[NakedPeopleAreFunny is their landlord in a nightshirt]].
* Bogus News (the start of each show)
* CannotTellAJoke: The basis of Ronnie Corbett's 'chair' act was that of a man attempting to tell a straightforward joke but getting caught up in digressions; the twist being that these were funnier than the actual joke.
* CantYouReadTheSign
* {{Catch Phrase}}
-->'''Corbett:''' So it's "Goodnight" from me.
-->'''Barker:''' And it's "Goodnight" from him.
-->'''Both:''' Goodnight.
* ClusterFBomb (The "Swearbox" sketch)
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech: Ronnie Corbett's chair monologues often take this form, basically turning every sentence of a short joke into a DisorganizedOutlineSpeech that wanders off onto tangents before eventually coming back to the plot of the joke.
* DuelingShows (With ''Creator/MorecambeAndWise'')
* {{Feghoot}}: A common gag in the 'news stories' intro and outro.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: One recurring sketch was Barker's character trying to do this to Corbett's character (as he paused a lot trying to think of the right word) but getting it inappropriately wrong.
* ForInconveniencePressOne: A variant: Ronnie Corbett [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dsTobRwhPA finds his doctor has been replaced by a computer]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: So very much.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms. One sketch featured Ronnie Corbett attempting to find out where the toilet is without saying the word toilet and using every conceivable euphemism.
* IThoughtItMeant: The basis of the ''Four Candles'' sketch.
* LadyLand: One of their drama segments is set in a dystopic fascist England ruled by female supremacists. They have to escape over the border to Wales ("Where men are men, and women are glad of it"), aided by--of course--EekAMouse.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: From the 'Taxidermist' sketch: "You have stuffed and mounted thirty-four perfectly healthy people with a perfect right to live, and a double-glazing salesman."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: "Norman Barrel" for Barry Norman.
* OfferVoidInNebraska: One episode of the serial "Death Can Be Fatal" opened with a recap of the previous episode, then added "Except for viewers in Scotland, where the story goes like this:" and repeated the recap with everybody wearing traditional Highland dress.
** This was a reference to BBC Scotland's annoying habit of pre-empting network programmes with (usually inferior) local content.
* OneSceneTwoMonologues: One of their best known sketches, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6jWCVO38iA Crossed Lines]], is a variation on this trope--Corbett and Barker play two very different characters both talking on pay phones in a supermarket. They are having totally unconnected conversations with different (unseen) people on the other end, but they take turns to speak and they seem to be having a surreal conversation with each other.
* RhymesOnADime / TongueTwister: Barker's "Anti-Shoddy Goods Committee" speech.
* SelfDeprecation and AcceptableTargets (incessant gags about Corbett's height or lack thereof)
** A huge part of Corbett's 'chair' monologues - "I get so little fan-mail that my letter box has healed up"
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: see Catchphrase
* StealthInsult: The "Nuts M'lord" sketch is about a butler who, while seeming to just pass food items to the lord and lady of the manor, manages to do so in a way that turns them into Stealth Insults for the lord and Stealth Compliments for the lady.
--> '''Butler:''' ''(hands him a bowl of walnuts)'' Your nuts, m'lord.
--> '''Lord:''' You fool, how am I supposed to open these?
--> '''Butler:''' ''(hands him a set of nutcrackers)'' Your crackers, m'lord.
* SwearJar: The Swearbox Sketch.
* TakeThat:
--> '''Inspector:''' Do you know what you can get for stuffing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Tebbit Mr Norman Tebbit]]? \\
'''Taxidermist:''' The Queen's Award for Industry, I should think.
* TemptingFate: At the end of "The Bogle of Bog Fell", the narrator addresses the camera:
-->One last thing I'll say to ye: The tale I've told ye may seem strange, and almost impossible to believe -- but if it's not true, may I be blown to smithereens and the various parts of my body be distributed and scattered throughout the length and breadth of Scotland, including the Trossachs.
:::He is.
* UnbuiltTrope: They did a parody of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' in 1973, only a few years after the original series ended, and a parody of ''StarWars'' soon after the first film came out. Because of this, these parodies lack most of the 'cliché' jokes that have built up in [[StockParody stock parodies]] of these franchises over the years.
* UnusualEuphemism - too many to list, calling body parts by physical characteristics were commonplace, ie wobblers, bouncers and danglers among others.
* WithLyrics: They did this to the jazz number "In the Mood".

The serial ''The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town'' uses or parodies the following tropes:
* ABloodyMess: Raspberry juice, in the graveyard scene.
* AdaptationExpansion: From a half-hour programme in the series "Six Dates with Barker". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuMlLE8-6Ek Here's a clip from the original.]]
* BodyDouble: For Queen Victoria -- six large, moustached policemen are put in dresses and told to pose as her.
* BlowingARaspberry: In the serial ''The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town'', the Prime Minister and the leaders of the [[AnachronismStew Commonwealth]] are meeting to discuss the threat of the Phantom. Who drops in uninvited, and blows a raspberry at them that's powerful enough to make the Queen's portrait blush and bring the [[FallingChandelierOfDoom chandelier down.]]
* DrivingADesk: The backdrop while the policemen are in their carriage starts off as StockFootage of a Victorian street, and then becomes StockFootage of monkeys.
* {{Expy}}: The Raspberry Blower is essentially a comedic version of Bela Lugosi's Dracula, by way of Jack the Ripper.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom
* GagBoobs: Miss Maureen Murray, the Prime Minister's 'assistant'.
* MyCard: The Phantom's cards have no writing, only a picture of a raspberry, (no name since "modesty forbids", and no address, because he is "never at home").
* NapoleonDelusion
* SmithOfTheYard: Ronnie Corbett as Inspector Corner of the Yard.
* ShoutOut; the serial was written by Creator/SpikeMilligan, and was heavy on ''GoonShow'' references and humour.
* TheEndOrIsIt: The closing narration: "The Phantom was dead... or was he?" Another raspberry indicates that no, he wasn't.
* TheOtherDarrin: Sergeant Bowles is usually played by Ronnie Barker. Halfway through one scene, Spike Milligan takes over the role; halfway through the next scene, Ronnie Barker takes over again.
* TheyJustDidntCare: PlayedForLaughs with the intentional rampant continuity errors and bad dubbing.
* VerbalTic: The Home Secretary, whose voice has a built-in echo.
* VictorianLondon

The title of another serial was GettingCrapPastTheRadar all by itself, i.e. "Hampton Wick". [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyming_slang Think about it.]]

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to:

--> '''Ronnie Corbett:''' "Well it's hello from me..."
--> '''Ronnie Barker:''' "...and it's hello from him!"

Another famous British comic double act, but these two did other pretty famous stuff separately. Their show on the BBC (''The Two Ronnies'') ran from 1971 to 1987.
Consisted of:
* Ronnie Barker. Also did ''{{Porridge}}'' (as the lead prisoner) and ''Series/OpenAllHours'' (as Arkwright, the stammering shop owner - the series also features a young Creator/DavidJason)
* Ronnie Corbett. A short guy (who would make jokes about it), who also appeared in ''Sorry!'' and has presented ''HaveIGotNewsForYou''.

Most of the humour is based on wordplay, with sketches built around the {{Spoonerism}}, {{pun}}s, homophones, [[{{Mondegreen}} mondegreens]] and similar. The show had many writers: in a fairly famous background story, one of the more celebrated writers was the mysterious Gerald Wiley, who was eventually revealed to the production team to be Ronnie Barker himself submitting material under an assumed name.

OnceAnEpisode, Corbett would always give one of his famous "chair monologues", which consisted of him telling a long rambling story to the audience from an armchair, always taking jabs at the producer and/or his wife. Often these were based around a joke which, if told straight, would not be very funny - the hilarity came from the roundabout and tangential way he got to the punchline.

The most famous Two Ronnies sketches have to be:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu9MptWyCB8 "Four Candles".]] A shopkeeper serially misunderstands his customer reading out a shopping list. "No, I said fork 'andles! 'Andles for forks!"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Si7_e-934 "Mastermind".]] A close impersonation of the {{quiz show}} ''Series/{{Mastermind}}'', with Corbett as a contestant who specializes in "Answering the question before last." His misaligned answers get funnier and funnier as the sketch proceeds.

Each series included a serial, in full costume and with drama-series quality props (not that that was ''very'' high quality on the BBC in those days). The most (in)famous was ''The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town'', written by Creator/SpikeMilligan ("and a Gentleman").

Barker died in 2005. Corbett is still alive and acting.

----
!!This double act includes examples of:
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption:
** Although not using interruptions per se, the "''Series/{{Mastermind}}''" sketch is perhaps the ultimate in cleverly using this trope.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6jWCVO38iA "Crossed Lines"]] is a more literal version of the gag, with two people at payphones, whose halves of their conversations are "unintentionally" funny together.
* BedsheetGhost: One turns up in the serial "Stop! You're killing me!", haunting the graveyard at dead of night. Charlie's response is to build a device to blow the bedsheet off it from below. The first person to trigger it [[PantyShot is a young woman in a short skirt]], the second [[GoofyPrintUnderwear is the local vicar]], and the third [[NakedPeopleAreFunny is their landlord in a nightshirt]].
* Bogus News (the start of each show)
* CannotTellAJoke: The basis of Ronnie Corbett's 'chair' act was that of a man attempting to tell a straightforward joke but getting caught up in digressions; the twist being that these were funnier than the actual joke.
* CantYouReadTheSign
* {{Catch Phrase}}
-->'''Corbett:''' So it's "Goodnight" from me.
-->'''Barker:''' And it's "Goodnight" from him.
-->'''Both:''' Goodnight.
* ClusterFBomb (The "Swearbox" sketch)
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech: Ronnie Corbett's chair monologues often take this form, basically turning every sentence of a short joke into a DisorganizedOutlineSpeech that wanders off onto tangents before eventually coming back to the plot of the joke.
* DuelingShows (With ''Creator/MorecambeAndWise'')
* {{Feghoot}}: A common gag in the 'news stories' intro and outro.
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: One recurring sketch was Barker's character trying to do this to Corbett's character (as he paused a lot trying to think of the right word) but getting it inappropriately wrong.
* ForInconveniencePressOne: A variant: Ronnie Corbett [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dsTobRwhPA finds his doctor has been replaced by a computer]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: So very much.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms. One sketch featured Ronnie Corbett attempting to find out where the toilet is without saying the word toilet and using every conceivable euphemism.
* IThoughtItMeant: The basis of the ''Four Candles'' sketch.
* LadyLand: One of their drama segments is set in a dystopic fascist England ruled by female supremacists. They have to escape over the border to Wales ("Where men are men, and women are glad of it"), aided by--of course--EekAMouse.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: From the 'Taxidermist' sketch: "You have stuffed and mounted thirty-four perfectly healthy people with a perfect right to live, and a double-glazing salesman."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: "Norman Barrel" for Barry Norman.
* OfferVoidInNebraska: One episode of the serial "Death Can Be Fatal" opened with a recap of the previous episode, then added "Except for viewers in Scotland, where the story goes like this:" and repeated the recap with everybody wearing traditional Highland dress.
** This was a reference to BBC Scotland's annoying habit of pre-empting network programmes with (usually inferior) local content.
* OneSceneTwoMonologues: One of their best known sketches, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6jWCVO38iA Crossed Lines]], is a variation on this trope--Corbett and Barker play two very different characters both talking on pay phones in a supermarket. They are having totally unconnected conversations with different (unseen) people on the other end, but they take turns to speak and they seem to be having a surreal conversation with each other.
* RhymesOnADime / TongueTwister: Barker's "Anti-Shoddy Goods Committee" speech.
* SelfDeprecation and AcceptableTargets (incessant gags about Corbett's height or lack thereof)
** A huge part of Corbett's 'chair' monologues - "I get so little fan-mail that my letter box has healed up"
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: see Catchphrase
* StealthInsult: The "Nuts M'lord" sketch is about a butler who, while seeming to just pass food items to the lord and lady of the manor, manages to do so in a way that turns them into Stealth Insults for the lord and Stealth Compliments for the lady.
--> '''Butler:''' ''(hands him a bowl of walnuts)'' Your nuts, m'lord.
--> '''Lord:''' You fool, how am I supposed to open these?
--> '''Butler:''' ''(hands him a set of nutcrackers)'' Your crackers, m'lord.
* SwearJar: The Swearbox Sketch.
* TakeThat:
--> '''Inspector:''' Do you know what you can get for stuffing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Tebbit Mr Norman Tebbit]]? \\
'''Taxidermist:''' The Queen's Award for Industry, I should think.
* TemptingFate: At the end of "The Bogle of Bog Fell", the narrator addresses the camera:
-->One last thing I'll say to ye: The tale I've told ye may seem strange, and almost impossible to believe -- but if it's not true, may I be blown to smithereens and the various parts of my body be distributed and scattered throughout the length and breadth of Scotland, including the Trossachs.
:::He is.
* UnbuiltTrope: They did a parody of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' in 1973, only a few years after the original series ended, and a parody of ''StarWars'' soon after the first film came out. Because of this, these parodies lack most of the 'cliché' jokes that have built up in [[StockParody stock parodies]] of these franchises over the years.
* UnusualEuphemism - too many to list, calling body parts by physical characteristics were commonplace, ie wobblers, bouncers and danglers among others.
* WithLyrics: They did this to the jazz number "In the Mood".

The serial ''The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town'' uses or parodies the following tropes:
* ABloodyMess: Raspberry juice, in the graveyard scene.
* AdaptationExpansion: From a half-hour programme in the series "Six Dates with Barker". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuMlLE8-6Ek Here's a clip from the original.]]
* BodyDouble: For Queen Victoria -- six large, moustached policemen are put in dresses and told to pose as her.
* BlowingARaspberry: In the serial ''The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town'', the Prime Minister and the leaders of the [[AnachronismStew Commonwealth]] are meeting to discuss the threat of the Phantom. Who drops in uninvited, and blows a raspberry at them that's powerful enough to make the Queen's portrait blush and bring the [[FallingChandelierOfDoom chandelier down.]]
* DrivingADesk: The backdrop while the policemen are in their carriage starts off as StockFootage of a Victorian street, and then becomes StockFootage of monkeys.
* {{Expy}}: The Raspberry Blower is essentially a comedic version of Bela Lugosi's Dracula, by way of Jack the Ripper.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom
* GagBoobs: Miss Maureen Murray, the Prime Minister's 'assistant'.
* MyCard: The Phantom's cards have no writing, only a picture of a raspberry, (no name since "modesty forbids", and no address, because he is "never at home").
* NapoleonDelusion
* SmithOfTheYard: Ronnie Corbett as Inspector Corner of the Yard.
* ShoutOut; the serial was written by Creator/SpikeMilligan, and was heavy on ''GoonShow'' references and humour.
* TheEndOrIsIt: The closing narration: "The Phantom was dead... or was he?" Another raspberry indicates that no, he wasn't.
* TheOtherDarrin: Sergeant Bowles is usually played by Ronnie Barker. Halfway through one scene, Spike Milligan takes over the role; halfway through the next scene, Ronnie Barker takes over again.
* TheyJustDidntCare: PlayedForLaughs with the intentional rampant continuity errors and bad dubbing.
* VerbalTic: The Home Secretary, whose voice has a built-in echo.
* VictorianLondon

The title of another serial was GettingCrapPastTheRadar all by itself, i.e. "Hampton Wick". [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhyming_slang Think about it.]]

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6th Jan '15 5:53:10 AM Asger
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* [[Expy]]: The Raspberry Blower is essentially a comedic version of Bela Lugosi's Dracula, by way of Jack the Ripper.

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* [[Expy]]: {{Expy}}: The Raspberry Blower is essentially a comedic version of Bela Lugosi's Dracula, by way of Jack the Ripper.
6th Jan '15 5:52:25 AM Asger
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* [[Expy]]: The Raspberry Blower is essentially a comedic version of Bela Lugosi's Dracula, by way of Jack the Ripper.


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* TheyJustDidntCare: PlayedForLaughs with the intentional rampant continuity errors and bad dubbing.
4th Jan '15 8:51:20 PM missmoon
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* Ronnie Barker. Also did ''{{Porridge}}'' (as the lead prisoner) and ''OpenAllHours'' (as Arkwright, the stammering shop owner - the series also features a young Creator/DavidJason)

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* Ronnie Barker. Also did ''{{Porridge}}'' (as the lead prisoner) and ''OpenAllHours'' ''Series/OpenAllHours'' (as Arkwright, the stammering shop owner - the series also features a young Creator/DavidJason)
4th Jan '15 6:49:10 PM nombretomado
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* DuelingShows (With ''MorecambeAndWise'')

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* DuelingShows (With ''MorecambeAndWise'')''Creator/MorecambeAndWise'')
18th Dec '14 10:05:09 AM TheLyniezian
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For a list of subjective tropes, click [[{{YMMV/TheTwoRonnies}} HERE]].
1st Oct '14 2:08:58 PM john_e
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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: From the 'Taxidermist' sketch: "You have stuffed and mounted thirty-four perfectly healthy people with a perfect right to live, and a double-glazing salesman."


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* TakeThat:
--> '''Inspector:''' Do you know what you can get for stuffing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Tebbit Mr Norman Tebbit]]? \\
'''Taxidermist:''' The Queen's Award for Industry, I should think.
1st Sep '14 2:43:04 PM AgProv
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* SmithOfTheYard: Ronnie Corbett as Inspector Corner of the Yard

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* SmithOfTheYard: Ronnie Corbett as Inspector Corner of the YardYard.
* ShoutOut; the serial was written by Creator/SpikeMilligan, and was heavy on ''GoonShow'' references and humour.
8th Aug '14 8:46:37 AM DrSlide
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* RhymesOnADime / TongueTwister: Barker's "Anti-Shoddy Goods Committee" speech.
8th Aug '14 8:42:48 AM DrSlide
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Si7_e-934 "Mastermind".]] A close impersonation of the {{quiz show}} ''Series/{{Mastermind}}'', on the subject of "Answering the question previously asked" - the misaligned answers make it much better.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Si7_e-934 "Mastermind".]] A close impersonation of the {{quiz show}} ''Series/{{Mastermind}}'', on the subject of with Corbett as a contestant who specializes in "Answering the question previously asked" - the before last." His misaligned answers make it much better.
get funnier and funnier as the sketch proceeds.
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