This post was originally an episode of The Old Time Review Daily Podcast. In each edition, Jamie Dyer spoke off the cuff about a famous person, film or song for up to three minutes. The following is a transcription, which has been cleaned up to remove any hesitation and some repetition. Where possible, the subject has been expanded on from the original broadcast.
This is the Old Time Review Daily Podcast for the 1st of June 2021 and this is Jamie Dyer speaking to you from the UK. On this day in 1928. English entertainer and comedian Bob Monkhouse was born. He was not just a comedian but also presented game shows including The Golden Shot, Bob’s Full House, Celebrity Squares, Family Fortunes, and Wipeout.
Bob was also a great preservationist of television. he kept a massive store of tapes that he had recorded over the years, and a lot of things that were junked by TV companies turned out to turn up in his collection. The majority of that was comedy, which he loved. He was so Into comedy, whatever the form; Silent comedy, film comedy, TV comedy, radio comedy, everything!
He made films in the 50s and early 60s, which were okay, including the first Carry On film. He was in a partnership as well for a little while, before going solo and becoming a huge name in the world. of comedy. He had a joke for every occasion, making him the perfect guy to host something like the Golden Shot, which was a very unpredictable game show. While some of the presenters took over from him, some of whom perhaps weren’t used to that chaotic thing, he thrived in it. I am currently reading his autobiography. the book Crying With Laughter which was released in the early 90s. It was around this time that he did An Audience With, which is currently on BritBox. And that is today’s Old Time Review Daily..