The Straight Man
Nicholas Parsons looks at the concept of the "straight man" in comedy double-acts
- 24th September: Radio 4 to broadcast Nicholas Parsons tribute evening
- BBC Radio 4
- Nicholas Parsons, Syd Little, Peter Reeves, Ian Tough and Arthur Haynes
- Libby Cross
Nicholas Parsons presents a potted history of the "straight man" in comedy double-acts.
In the 1950s and 60s, he played the stooge to Arthur Haynes's funny man, and tells his memories of those years. He also explores the role of the straight man with the help of Syd Little, Peter Reeves and Ian 'Krankie' Tough, among others.
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Tuesday 27th September 2005 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
- Episode length
- 30 minutes
- Last repeat
- Saturday 10th October 2020 at 8:00pm