RIP Mel Smith

July 21st, 2013 at 10:11 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

British comedian , who became a household name for a series of television sketch shows in the 1970s and 80s which colleagues said had inspired a generation of comics, has died of a heart attack, his agent said overnight (NZ time).

Smith, who died yesterday (NZ time) aged 60, found fame starring in hugely popular shows Not The Nine O’clock News and Alas Smith and Jones and went on to direct the films Bean and The Tall Guy.

I loved both Alas Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O’clock News. Sad he died aged only 60.

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9 Responses to “RIP Mel Smith”

  1. Right of way is Way of Right (1,129 comments) says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones on stage at the State Opera House in Wellington in 1985. One of the most memorable nights of my life. The Tall Guy remains one of my most favourite movies of all time, and his treatment of Rowan Atkinson is just brilliant in that movie, positively scathing, and very courageous! Rest in Peace, funny man.

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  2. Michael (899 comments) says:

    The sneeze scene in “Morons from Space” – inspired comedy gold.

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  3. southtop (262 comments) says:

    RIP Mel,we need more people like him.

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  4. hj (6,686 comments) says:

    He is supposed to get up to speak (out of side of mouth): “what’s wrong”?… “I’ve got a hard on!”… (shock) “Nothing to do with me I hope?”

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  5. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Fantastic comedian , what a massive loss…RIP that man.

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  6. Reid (16,091 comments) says:

    Helen Thomas has also just died. May she also RIP.

    For those unaware, she was a legendary WH correspondent who kept her integrity right up to the end. I’m not sure but think Bush banned her, she asked too many awkward questions.

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  7. cha (3,842 comments) says:

    I’m not sure but think Bush banned her, she asked too many awkward questions.

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  8. Tauhei Notts (1,642 comments) says:

    Cha,
    Thank you for bringing that to our attention.
    Some of the video clips on your link, that you have brought to our notice, are astoundingly brilliant.
    The Yids will celebrate the demise of that wonderful lady.
    Mel Smith- he was real good.

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  9. Fletch (6,132 comments) says:

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