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Norman Wisdom

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1915 - 2010

A huge talent, born of a different age yet able to touch anyone, of any age, with humour and honesty.

This is a man who will be sadly missed.

Written by Peter Reynolds

October 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm

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  1. Yes, good for his era, but did not know when to stop.

    Should have packed it in 10 years before he did, as he had got out of touch with “modern” humour and became irritating as opposed to funny.

    The Debt Collector

    October 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm

  2. Ah no! I didn’t know about this, I genuinely love him, he was such a talent and still hugely relevant. Under rated on an international platform. Oh bugger, another good one has gone.

    Jason (HomeGrown Outlaw)

    October 4, 2010 at 11:12 pm

  3. “Modern” humour? A contradiction in terms. Sorry, I’m beginning to sound like my parents over music, I know, but the goodies were the oldies. I hardly raise a smile at today’s comedians.

    RIP, Norman. You were a one-off.


    October 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm

  4. Was’nt he revered and adored in Albania or some other unlikely country?

    As a kid he used to irritate me, but as I got older and wiser I realised what a talent he was.

    As for modern humour it died with Blackadder 4


    October 5, 2010 at 12:27 am

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  7. I have mixed feelings about Norman Wisdom. He irritated the hell out of me when I was a kid. I hated Jerry Lewis and thought Norman Wisdom was a UK version of him. Neither of them made me laugh. On the contrary, as I’ve already said, Norman’s knockabout/pantomime/overacting/overmilking a ‘joke’ style of ‘humour’ I found extremely unfunny and irritating in the extreme.

    When I heard the news this morning of his demise, I thought about posting something on MadHatters. And to this end, I went on YouTube looking for a suitable clip to accompany my post. I watched several and found that the passing of the years had not mellowed me to his humour. His ‘funniest’ clips were as unfunny/irritating to me now as they were then.

    Having said that, while I don’t rate him as a comic – too one-dimensional and repetitive – I was surprised to find myself genuinely ‘moved’ to hear of his death. And I am sure there will be thousands of people who will remember him with affection and be saddened to hear he is no longer with us.

    He touched so many lives, made so many people happy (except me) – small in stature he may have been, but great his impact on the lives of others, R.I.P. Norman


    October 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    • A touching, if bemusing tribute Duncan. He has delighted me throughout my life. Mr Pitkin was a character with a deep, abiding Britishness and decency despite being a fool.

      That you were moved by the sad news, even though you didn’t enjoy his performances, perhaps that reveals the real depth of the man.

      I hated Jerry Lewis too.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

  8. The man was a legend. As a small boy I remember the fits of giggles he gave me every time he visited our TV. Someone mentioned Albania.. According to some reading earlier today this is apparently true. Back in the days of the communist regime he was one of the only European/American entertainers, with the exception of Mr Chaplin, who was aloud to be shown.

    I would agree that as an adult (I say adult, the only proof being my birth cirt..) that I find him less funny but still loveable. I have a 3 and 4 year old now and I bet they will love him just like I did.

    I would say that maybe the fifties were better times in a way as I never recall him getting a laugh at the cost of another’s feelings, something very much favoured by modern comedy. On the contrary, everything I’ve read today in relation say what a genuinely lovely fellow he was. May he live in our memories forever!

    Nick Darby

    October 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm

  9. I loved Norman Wisdom. Michael Crawford totally copied the character.


    October 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

  10. Michael Crawford copied norman wisdom and lee evans copied michael crawford.
    Norman wisdom did not no when to stop, it was sad watching an old man thinking that everyone must no who he is, this was the prog about him being put in a home and talking to little kids and wondered why they didnt no who he was, quite sad really.
    in albania they saw him as a down trodden communist, probably didnt realise that in his films he was often teamed up with a love interest who was 25-30 years younger than him and in real life he drove around in a rolls royce, lived in a mansion and had oil paintings of himself adorning the walls.
    He pretty much used the same gag his whole life, bit like tommy cooper, whom it could be said if you saw him live then one show would show his entire repetoire..
    As a nipper i found his films amusing but as i got older i became irritated by his constant mr pitkin routine, laughing constantly at his own jokes and looking to the crowd for laughter.
    im sure they were just humouring him, i mean norman wisdom was a right little twonk, in fact he was norman pitkin.
    Im glad he has died, i only wish it had been during his peak say around 1957/58 then he would have got more credit.
    Clinging on to life while those around you are preying for your death must make you feel awfull.
    Good riddance wisdom, rot in hell you unfunny bastard and take your fuckin cap with you


    October 31, 2010 at 2:00 am

  11. so tell me what is your particular talent????? ask yourself ,why so many people loved him!!!!!is writing this piece of shit your claim to fame?? all i can say is, YOUR A WASTE OF A GOOD SKULL!!! go away and crawl back into the hole you came out of. you meaningless piece of shit!!! RESPECT!!!!!!!!


    November 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

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