The worst news this year - Humphrey Lyttleton RIP

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by mikelyons, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    As a fan of Radio 4 for many years and an avid listener and belly-laugher at "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue", I was very sad to hear this morning of the death of Humph. Not only a comedian with impeccable timing, he was a Jazz musician who represented the face of British Jazz for over 40 years.

    Sadly, there will be little danger of me laughing so hard I that wet myself in the near future. And there will be no more opportunities for Samantha to get the players' points up. I suspect it just wouldn't be the same without him and the programme will go the way of Home Truths.

    Thanks for the fun.
  2. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    Sad news, a truly great broadcaster and wit.
  3. Sandy Smith

    Sandy Smith Member

    Sad news.

    Like Mike I have been an avid ISIHAC listener for many years and Humph really was the central cog around which the rest of the show revolved with his lugubrious delivery and feigned disinterest.It is hard to see just how it would be possible for this great British institution to continue.
    Fans of the show should check out the following fan site of the show for a whole host of stuff, including a lot of Humph's contributions ..

    I know the ISIHAC team had had to postpone a few imminent recordings and stage show appearances because of his illness but it is still sad news.

    Great musician, still playing until his admission to hospital last week, and a great presenter.

    Thanks for the laughs Humph.
  4. Daniel Sheard

    Daniel Sheard Member

    Probably the funniest programme ever. What a talent.
  5. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    Great program - he will be fondly remembered.
    The ISIHAC crew will all be in mourning(-ton Crescent);)
  6. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    BH, that move was definitely made from a position in nib.

    In the circumstances, though, the great adjudicator in the sky is probably too busy to notice, (I mean, Humph is going to cause a riot up there) so, OK, you win.
  7. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    A dark cloud has been cast over the weekend, and for evermore.
  8. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    The delicate mayfly of destiny has met the windscreen of inevitability...

    and lost again!
  9. Brian Bowen

    Brian Bowen Active Member

    I'll miss him mainly as the central figure in "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue", though I remember him long before that as the jazz trumpeter with a refined (Etonian) British accent.

    I'll also miss the ISIHAC ingenious and very funny word definitions in the Uxbridge dictionary.
  10. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    He'll be greatly missed . . . who will Mrs Trellis write her letters to now?
  11. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    Very sorry to hear the news about his death .

    I just wondered if anyone saw The South Bank Show profile about him just over a year ago ?

    It was amazing to hear him playng as a younger man and being compared to Louis Armstrong . ( I could hardly tell the difference ) and yet their backgrounds could not have been further apart .

    I really hope there is some TV tribute to him , not just for his broadcasting , but his contribtion towards the British Jazz movement .
  12. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    Very sad news. Humphrey was one of the funniest broadcasters I have ever heard. Just love that radio 4 series. Think they are to play some classic epispodes this week?
  13. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Indeed a sad loss, but saddest news this year? I think not.
  14. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    There will be a radio tribute to him this coming Wednesday at 9am, Radio 4.
  15. brassbandmaestro

    brassbandmaestro Active Member

    Always a sad loss when a talented musician passes over, but when a musician of HL's stature pases away, its a loss that will be very hard to fill. A lot of people will miss his wit and banter, especially on his radio programmes. RIP Humprey Lyttleton

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