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Barry Humphries pays tribute to Ronnie Corbett

Press AssociationPress Association 31/03/2016

Barry Humphries has paid tribute to Ronnie Corbett, saying he "belonged to the great tradition of musical artists."

The Australian comic, best known for playing Dame Edna Everage, spoke with warmth about the much-loved 85-year-old who starred in BBC One's The Two Ronnies alongside Ronnie Barker.

"In my job, which is really as a solo theatre performer, I don't meet a lot of actors or comedians," Humphries told the Press Association on Thursday.

"The only time I meet them really is at memorial services and charitable functions. And at all of these events, I bumped into Ronnie Corbett.

"I've always looked up to him, even when I'm looking down at him, and I'm saddened to hear of his passing because he was a lovely spirit."

Australian comic Barry Humphries has paid tribute to Ronnie Corbett, who has passed away aged 85. © Yui Mok/Press Association Australian comic Barry Humphries has paid tribute to Ronnie Corbett, who has passed away aged 85.

Scottish-born Corbett first worked with Barker on David Frost's satirical comedy The Frost Report.

They went on to The Two Ronnies, which ran from 1971 to 1987 and saw the duo perform musical segments and sketches.

Humphries, 82, recalled Corbett as "courteous" and hailed him as "inimitable".

"He was always courteous to everyone, he had no arrogance or vanity," the comedian said.

"His teaming with Ronnie Barker was a stroke of genius. I know that a lot of his work was assisted by the writer Ian Davidson, and we will all miss Ronnie.

"All I can say is that he was inimitable - no one like him. He belonged to the great tradition of musical artists."

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