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TVC Trumps #09: Les & Dustin’s Laughter Show

This week’s categories: Jacket sleeve style compliant, Brummie equals funny, Arse-wiggling by the stairs, Yeah? Get that one? Clever…, Gag courtesy of Quantel



  1. Gareth Jones

    March 18, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Still miss Dustin Gee. Why in a double act is it nearly always the funnier of the 2 that goes first.

    • Gallup Numpty

      June 21, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Nearly always, but certainly wasn’t in this case. They were both dreadful.

  2. Richardpd

    September 21, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    I thought this was a fairly good show, certainly better than Little & Large, who they even amusingly sent up once!

    Dustin Gee had a heart condition, & had been warned to lighten his work load. Luckily for Les Dennis he was handed a lifeline by Russ Abbott & presented Family Fortunes for many years.

    • David Smith

      September 23, 2023 at 6:49 am

      Wasn’t he already on the Russ Abbot show with Dustin before the latter died?

      • Richardpd

        September 23, 2023 at 2:45 pm

        They were part of in Russ Abbott’s Madhouse, but not in the earlier series of The Russ Abbott show from what I remember.

  3. David Smith

    September 22, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    I was quite surprised on Strictly at the weekend when Les said he was “best known for hosting Family Fortunes and playing Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street. He was only in Corrie for two years, surely the Strictly audience aren’t too young to remember his comedy work? (He did go on to mention Russ Abbot though.)

    • Richardpd

      September 22, 2023 at 10:40 pm

      They did show a brief clip of an early TV performance by Les.

  4. Sidney Balmoral James

    September 22, 2023 at 11:28 pm

    I actually saw Les and Dustin live, at the Gaumont Southampton in a touring show of Russ Abbott’s Madhouse, which had entire TV cast. I remember it as being very funny, but I was only about seven at the time: my mother practically fell out of her chair laughing. I don’t recall anything of what they did, although it would be highly unlikely if they hadn’t done their Coronation Street impressions. It was probably a contractual requirement. I suspect Dustin Gee’s death was first example of a famous person dying I was actually really aware of. I don’t remember Tommy Cooper or Eric Morecambe dying, but, no disrespect to them, they were both pretty much past it by then. I do remember seeing what must have been Tommy Cooper’s last proper TV show, was it one Easter? I remember he opened with the old walking through the organ gag, and there was a guest spot of a man who did (very good) shadow puppets. I suspect I’ve completely misremembered that: Wikipedia suggests he never had another show as lead after he finished at Thames. For some reason, did not see his tragic last performance, even though we usually watched Live from Her Majesty’s. Of course, the act which had to follow Cooper was…..Les Dennis and Dustin Gee.

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