The Worst Comedy Acts Of All Time - Little And Large
December 9, 2016 3:16pm CST
The pitch by their agent must have been simple enough. ‘Hey look, there’s a big guy, and a smaller, much thinner one. The big fella tells jokes and does impersonations, while not letting the little guy talk enough – let’s give them a show! Who couldn’t possibly love them?’ Cyril Mead was Sid Little, who would try to sing and play a guitar in the style of John Denver, who he resembles. His efforts would be perpetually interrupted by Ed McGinnis (Eddie Large) who would somehow contrive jokes and excuses for impressions from lines in the songs. The trouble was that the impressions were of characters so old half of the audience didn’t know who Large was doing. He included John Wayne and Deputy Dawg in his recurring repertoire. Thus, a peak viewing time BBC TV comedian in 1981 frequently entertained viewers by voicing a cartoon character who was last drawn in 1963 – talk about topical. Their TV shows ended in the early 1980’s and Eddie had to pull out of showbiz for health reasons, though Sid now performs on the QE2 and other cruise ships. The men have not spoken to one another in decades. At least Sid gets to finish his songs now. Youtube Arthur Chappell
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• Bournemouth, England
9 Dec 16
Actually the series ran every year until 1991. In 1992 I went to see them at a theatre in my home town. They were supported by a singer and the very versatile Kenny (R2D2) Baker, who the ridiculous showbiz critic in our local paper attacked in print for doing jokes about little people! Little and Large did a solid hour and two things struck me. Firstly, the energy of Eddie Large and, secondly, that Syd Little seemed to do even less in the stage act than he did on TV. I was writing for BBC comedy shows by then and I thought they were good for that type of show (there wasn't much political incorrectness). I spoke to them at the stage door afterwards and got the impression that Syd was a sort of road manager for Eddie. Eddie appeared on the odd panel game until his health problems. Both wrote autobiographies after the split. I skimmed through both in a bookshop.and there was certainly some acrimony there. By the way, I had a private bet with myself that L&L would be your next choice for this series and I was right!
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Dec 16
@arthurchappell That is definitely a good one! The Two Ronnies were quite prolific in their heyday:
10 Dec 16
Hi,arthur chappell,i've followed you,i cant send messages to you ,because my android browser doesnt support,i have a question for you Are you a radio presenter? In what radio do you work? I need some favor from you,i've submit my song to bbc radio ,but till now my song doesn't played yet, May you help me to get my music on radio playlist, I wait for your answer Thanks....
• Preston, England
10 Dec 16
@trimur I was a radio presenter for a local community radio station in Manchester but I don't do it now and no longer live in the same city. Just sending the BBC a demo tape recordng is no guarentee of it being played - do look at local stations where you live and ideally try to find venues to play your music live - good luck