The Worst Comedy Acts Of All Time - Little And Large

Preston, England
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
It's gobsmacking just how little footage there is of Little and Large out there. For a long time they were one of the BBC's hottest properties when it came t...
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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!
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• Preston, England
10 Dec 16
@asfarasiknow well done on guessing who my choice would be and the corrections to my feature
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• Bournemouth, England
10 Dec 16
@arthurchappell I will now try and predict your next victim(s). I have a number of names in the frame...
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@Orson_Kart (4487)
• United Kingdom
9 Dec 16
I agree. They are on a par with the Chuckle Brothers, who never made me chuckle. To me, to you.
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• Preston, England
10 Dec 16
@Orson_Kart The Chuckles might well be appearing here soon
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• United Kingdom
11 Dec 16
@arthurchappell To you then.
@pgntwo (22748)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
10 Dec 16
Not one of British TV Comedy's finer moments, it has to be said. I wonder what comedy duo you'd rank among the top shows to watch... must check through your back catalogue.
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• Preston, England
10 Dec 16
Morecambe And Wise were fabulous @pgntwo this has to be one of TV's funniest ever sketches the timing is amazing
The Classic Stripper Breakfast sketch
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@pgntwo (22748)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
10 Dec 16
@arthurchappell That is definitely a good one! The Two Ronnies were quite prolific in their heyday:
The Two Ronnies, playing in and causing havoc with the Hendon Symphony Orchestra - I think from Series 9 which was broadcast Dec '81 - Jan '82.
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• United Kingdom
11 Dec 16
@pgntwo The Two Ronnies were my favourites. Ronnie Barker was a comedy genius.
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@trimur (65)
• Indonesia
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....
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• 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
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
9 Dec 16
I never heard of those people or that show but it sounds as if it would be a funny bit--just not every week!
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• Preston, England
9 Dec 16
very much so - all their shows looked like repeats as it was just a one joke act @dragon54u
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
11 Dec 16
sounded like it COULD have been funny, but fell flat
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@LadyDuck (181914)
• Switzerland
10 Dec 16
I cannot remember them at all, but I think I have not missed something interesting.
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@teamfreak16 (42038)
• Denver, Colorado
10 Dec 16
Never heard of them. This is probably why.
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10 Dec 16
I LOVED Little and Large, but maybe that's because I was just a wee little thing in the eighties.
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@amadeo (75586)
• United States
9 Dec 16
I am unaware of these or those people.
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@Corbin5 (119170)
• United States
9 Dec 16
Off to take a look at these two since I have never seen this show before. Glad Sid still performs a bit. I found them quite funny, but I can see how after a while, the routines would get old.
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
9 Dec 16
Thy were only one of many poor quality acts that found their way onto television.
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@JohnRoberts (64896)
• Los Angeles, California
9 Dec 16
The back story is more entertaining sounding than their act!
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