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The Kings Of Comedy

by | 27th, August 2004

‘SADLY, Tommy Cooper will not be back to share with us the one-liners that had him voted the greatest British comedian of all-time earlier this week.

Lords of laughter, ministers of mirth

He really did have a heart attack on stage during the 1994 performance of Live From Her Majesty’s and isn’t just lying there waiting for the laughter to subside.

Nor alas will Bob Monkhouse roll the stone from the front of his grave and flash that trademark grin at us again.

But four other veteran comics are to make a comeback the Star announces that the quartet of comedy legends will take on four raw young stand-ups in a gag-telling battle to discover the real kings of comedy.

The final line-up of the show, to be produced by Big Brother creator Endemol, has not yet been announced, although Bullseye’s Jim Bowen is thought to be the captain of the oldies.

A Channel 4 spokesman explained: ‘Each week for four weeks, the worst comics

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