The passing of Ronnie Corbett is a huge loss to anyone who likes to laugh. These are my two favorite of his sketches. The first is one of the best known in British history, and in addition to the point it makes I love how Corbett plays with timing. The second is one of many moments of genius from The Two Ronnies.

p.s. To get the joke in the second sketch about Burke’s peerage vs. Berks, it may help to brush up on the rules of Cockney slang

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. He served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2009 to 2010.