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1[[quoteright:330:]]²²->''"When I was at school and I said I wanted to be a comedian, everyone laughed at me. Well they're not laughing now!"''²²Robert Alan Monkhouse (1 June 1928 – 29 December 2003) was a British stand-up comedian, prolific GameShow host and comedy writer. He rose to prominence in TheFifties and was still going strong more than four decades later (joking that his 70th birthday celebration programme was actually a hastily re-titled funeral celebration). This became a FunnyAneurysmMoment as he died only a few years later from prostate cancer in 2003, at the respectable age of 75 but only shortly after his older friend Creator/BobHope, whom he had spent years writing for. After his death, CGI technology was used to allow his image to star in [=PSAs=] raising awareness of prostate cancer - these were praised for being one of the first examples of such a "resurrection" that didn't slip into the UncannyValley.²²As well as hosting just about every single British game show in existence at some point, he also worked as a comedy actor, although in his more serious roles he tended to get typecast as the villain - he joked that "I'm always cast as the sort of man who would keep his cocoa warm by burning down an orphanage", and cited [[AssholeVictim Sylvester Le Fley]] from ''Series/JonathanCreek'' as an example.²²He was also a fan of silent films and possessed an extensive obscure film collection, as well as a vast library of archive TV shows, which was examined after his death and found to contain many programmes that [[LostEpisode no longer existed in the official archives]].²²He also kept records of every joke he'd ever told, in large notebooks. When these books were stolen (and later recovered) the theft was jokingly attributed to "[[{{Pun}} the Thief of Bad Gags]]".²----²!!Tropes:²* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Jokingly claimed to Lily Savage that Jim Bowen of ''Series/{{Bullseye UK}}'' was a bigger game show-host guru than he would ever be.²* CatchPhrase: He began every show with the ironic phrase at the top of this article. Also, in a non-verbal example, whenever he walked down to begin a game show, he would throw a salute (which he claimed was a reference to the suits he always wore being reused props from ''Series/DadsArmy''!).²** He also had a CatchPhrase for each gameshow, such as the tongue-twister "In Bingo lingo clickety-clicks, it's time to take your pick of the six" for ''Series/BobsFullHouse''.²* CrazyPrepared: He saved many of the episodes of the shows he hosted and many that he didn't - at a time when videotape was in its infancy. ²* TheEponymousShow: Aside from two for ''The Bob Monkhouse Show'', there was also ''The Bob Monkhouse Hour'', ''The Bob Monkhouse Comedy Hour'', ''Bob Monkhouse On The Spot'', etc.²* {{Improv}}: An acknowledged master of the form.²* LogicBomb: His signature catchphrase (see top of page).²* RhymingList: The "Detective Inspector Hector Vector" sketch uses this trope extensively. He also used it in his ''An Audience With Bob Monkhouse'' programme in which he demonstrated how to mnemonically remember the names of all the celebrities in the audience.²* TransatlanticEquivalent: To Bob Hope, personally; game show wise he hosted adaptations of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'', ''Series/FamilyFeud'' (albeit renamed to ''Series/FamilyFortunes''- he thought the ''Feud'' name was too mean) and ''Series/Wipeout1988''; ''Series/BobsFullHouse'' got exported to the US as ''Trump Card'', which only lasted one season.²----


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