April 27, 2008

The Humph

"Perfect gent, pioneer of jazz and purveyor of the rudest jokes on air"

Melvyn Bragg pays tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton who died Friday at the age of 86:-
He was a very amiable, good-mannered and well-bred man and that is why he got away with all of the stuff he said on Radio 4 as chairman of the panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. His lines must surely be among the rudest jokes that have ever been broadcast anywhere on the radio, but I would be interested to know if he ever got a single complaint. His kind of self-deprecating humour is a very British thing and probably also came from being with musicians. It is a class thing too, of course, that kind of dry wit.

It is very attractive to be so self-deprecating and the style, I think, comes from the importance of always being a gentleman.
The world just won't be the same without him.