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Report lybertyne February 1, 2019 11:07 AM GMT
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Report The Leopard February 1, 2019 11:08 AM GMT
Comedian Jeremy Hardy, a regular on BBC Radio 4 panel shows like The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, has died of cancer aged 57.
His death was confirmed on Friday by his publicist, Amanda Emery.
Hardy made his name on the comedy circuit in the 1980s, winning the prestigious Perrier Award in 1988 and best live act at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991.
On TV he appeared on shows like QI and sketch programme Now - Something Else.


Hardy often worked his socialist politics into his act
Hardy was also an author and columnist, writing for London's ES Magazine and The Guardian newspaper.

In a statement, Hardy's publicist said he died early on Friday and was with his wife and daughter when he died.
Twitter post by @BBCRadio4: "I think I'm best on the radio, really. I know my place. Me and Finisterre." In 2007, ISIHAC host Jack Dee interviewed Jeremy for Chain Reaction. It's a lovely piece, and a rare look at what made him tick.
"He retained to the end the principles that guided his life; trying to make the world more humane, and to be wonderfully funny," Ms Emery continued.
"He will be enormously missed by so many, who were inspired by him and who laughed with him.
"A fitting memorial will take place, details to be announced soon."
Pointless star Richard Osman was among those to mark his passing, saying Hardy had used comedy "to change the world". In 2016, Hardy appeared on Pointless Celebrities on BBC One.
Twitter post by @richardosman: I was very lucky to work with Jeremy Hardy early in my career. Every day was a masterclass, a privilege. He was so naturally and brilliantly funny, and a man who chose to use his comedy to change the world, rather than to fill stadia. A very sad day. #RIPJeremyImage Copyright @richardosman@RICHARDOSMAN
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BBC Radio 4 also expressed sadness at the loss of "one of the funniest people around".
Twitter post by @BBCRadio4: We are desperately sad to announce that Jeremy Hardy, mainstay of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and The News Quiz, and one of the funniest people around, has died of cancer aged 57. Our thoughts are with all who knew and loved him.  Image Copyright @BBCRadio4@BBCRADIO4
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Others to pay tribute include Julian Clary, fellow comedian Kate Robbins and Victoria Coren Mitchell.
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Twitter post by @VictoriaCoren: Jeremy Hardy was so special and brilliant and mischievous, a miracle of a person. I loved him a lot. He was so kind when my father died. My dad admired him enormously. It’s so sad.Image Copyright @VictoriaCoren@VICTORIACOREN
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Born in Farnborough in Hampshire, in 1961, Hardy studied modern history and politics at the University of Southampton before embarking on his stand-up career.
From the outset, he worked his socialist politics into his topical act.
He made his television debut in 1986 in Now - Something Else, an early vehicle for impressionist Rory Bremner. Hardy was a featured writer and also played the role of Jeremy the Trainee.
Hardy also appeared as Corporal Perkins in an episode of the BBC comedy Blackadder Goes Forth in 1989. Seven years later, he presented an episode of Top of the Pops.
Also in 1996, Hardy teamed up with comedian Jack Dee to write Channel 4 sketch show Jack and Jeremy's Real Lives. The pair would later work together again on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
Hardy became well-known for his comically bad singing on the long-running radio panel game.
Political views
He also fronted Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, a series of comedy lectures for BBC Radio 4, from 1993.
Episodes were based around subjects as diverse as how to be a father and how to meet the challenge of the 21st Century. The show's 10th series was broadcast in 2014.
And he appeared on BBC Radio 4 with his first wife, American actress and comedian Kit Hollerbach, in the sitcoms Unnatural Acts and At Home with the Hardys. They adopted a daughter, Elizabeth, in 1990.
As a life-long socialist, Hardy's political views were often reflected in his work.
Until 2001, Hardy wrote a column for The Guardian newspaper in which he regularly expressed his support for the Socialist Alliance.
His final column for the paper criticised the news media for its "increasingly humorous tone".
Outspoken comments
His opinions didn't always prove popular with his audience. In 2000, he was booed by members of the Just A Minute audience when he used the subject "parasites" to begin a rant against the royal family.
In 2004, Burnley Council cancelled one of Hardy's performances after saying in an episode of his Speaks to the Nation show that members and supporters of the British National Party (BNP) should be shot.
Jeremy Hardy with Katie Barlow in 2009Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
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Hardy's second wife was the film-maker Katie Barlow
Hardy was one of a number of names from the world of showbusiness to support the early release of Danny McNamee, who was found guilty of the IRA's 1982 Hyde Park bombing which killed four members of the Household Cavalry and seven horses. McNamee's conviction was overturned in 1998.
Hardy was also a keen advocate for the rights of Palestinians, travelling to the occupied West Bank in 2002 to film the documentary Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army.
Report The Leopard February 1, 2019 11:10 AM GMT
^
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-47056671
Report The Leopard February 1, 2019 11:39 AM GMT
You happy about his death....Lybertyne ?
Report CLYDEBANK29 February 1, 2019 11:51 AM GMT
Have absolutely no idea who he is.
Report The Leopard February 1, 2019 11:59 AM GMT
You have to get out more !
Report The Leopard February 1, 2019 12:17 PM GMT
News Quiz clip : ( 1m 46s length)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XBMlAz1MJQ
Report rommel February 1, 2019 12:22 PM GMT
funny brave man,was good pals with linda smith,she too passed v yound
Report rommel February 1, 2019 12:22 PM GMT
young*
Report BARROWBOY February 1, 2019 1:25 PM GMT
Not my cup of tea I’m afraid,didn’t find his smart arse virtue signalling comedy very funny.but since Victoria’s given him a glowing reference I ll give him the benefit of the doubt.rip.
Report The Pies February 1, 2019 1:42 PM GMT
Real shame, the News Quiz hasn't been and won't be the same without him. You knew when he was on it that you'd have both a good laugh and learn something.
Report treetop February 1, 2019 7:40 PM GMT
Too snide for me,his humour never appealed.
Report STUDYFORM February 1, 2019 8:39 PM GMT
I'm not sure that speaking your mind is "virtue signalling", he didn't change opinion to suit the audience.
He also just died at just 57 from cancer, so lybertyne posting a "cool" smiley face and a couple of other comments might on here which would have been better not posted. I mean, why say anything?

It shows no respect, no class and what this forum is.

Jeremy Hardy
RIP
Report Torquemada February 1, 2019 9:45 PM GMT
STUDYFORM • April 8, 2013 1:05 PM BST on the day of Margaret Thatcher's death.

"She deserves every bit of the lack of any respect many people will offer.

It's a happy day."


STUDYFORM • February 1, 2019 8:39 PM GMT on the day of Jeremy Hardy's death.

I mean, why say anything? It shows no respect, no class and what this forum is.

Jeremy Hardy
RIP
Report Torquemada February 1, 2019 9:45 PM GMT
Hypocrite.
Report alun2005 February 1, 2019 10:02 PM GMT
Oh dear. What an unfortunate discovery.
Report themightymac February 1, 2019 10:06 PM GMT
It`s a dreaded disease, the scourge of mankind. 57 is no age. RIP
Report Torquemada February 1, 2019 10:08 PM GMT
Indeed it is Mac. Just awful for him and his family.

RIP Jeremy.
Report lfc1971 February 1, 2019 10:20 PM GMT
I hope it was nothing to do with Brexit   : (
Report mad mad moon February 1, 2019 10:26 PM GMT
Always more poignant when someone born in the same year as yourself dies early.
RIP Jeremy
Always very good on ISIHAC
Pity about the political rants on the news quiz.
Report STUDYFORM February 1, 2019 10:28 PM GMT
Yes, Torquemada - more power to you for spending ages dredging that up.
Seriously the agenda knows no bounds, does it?
Comparing Jeremy Hardy to Mararget Thatcher - or have you kept records for 6 years?

Exactly the same sort of "celebrity" death isn't it?

Incidentally, for the avoidance of doubt:

Torquemada  • February 1, 2019 10:08 PM GMT 
Indeed it is Mac. Just awful for him and his family.
RIP Jeremy.

Is the definition of virtue signalling

Lets see if you can make a single that will make it to number one on the back of Jeremy Hardy.
Make things equal.


Alun2005, a bit of a weasel post too.
A little bit of tittering among the faithful.
Report Torquemada February 1, 2019 10:33 PM GMT
It took me about five minutes to find. Using the page selector to go back to April 2013 isn't exactly difficult.

Virtue signalling? Hardly. Cancer is a dreadful disease I'd wish on nobody. Awful for sufferers and their families.
Report STUDYFORM February 1, 2019 10:36 PM GMT
Indeed, but you had to take the time to have a dig at me, before giving your "respect"

Well done.
Report FatherMaguire February 1, 2019 10:38 PM GMT
really sad news, RIP
Report Torquemada February 1, 2019 10:38 PM GMT
You deserved the dig, you're a hypocrite.
Report FatherMaguire February 1, 2019 10:40 PM GMT
Maybe Thatcher is the exception that proves the rule
Report Torquemada February 1, 2019 10:40 PM GMT
Only in the mind of hypocrites.
Report STUDYFORM February 1, 2019 10:47 PM GMT
I think Torquemada, there were VERY MANY posts about Thatcher, not that I feel the need to search through the forum to attempt to see what was written 6 years ago. She was roundly despised by many.
Not that this is the thread for it, but I think it fairly unlikely that Jeremy Hardy was responsible for the misery of millions.

I reckon you think your 'detective work' must entitle you to a free pint at next little get-together of the faithful.

I'm not a hypocrite. My views about Thatcher haven't changed, and the comparison is nonsense.

Maybe when Stalin, Pol Pot, or Hitler died, it would have been hypocritical to say something bad about them too?
Report Torquemada February 1, 2019 10:51 PM GMT
Not really the thread for it? But you'll go ahead anyway. More hypocrisy.

And comparing Thatcher to Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler? Desperate and pathetic in the extreme. Pure nonsense.
Report lfc1971 February 1, 2019 10:53 PM GMT
Very sad to die so young from that terrible disease
How small life is here , and how big nothingness  RIP
Report Foinavon February 1, 2019 11:31 PM GMT
I haven't heard of him either, Clydebank.
There are more interesting things to do than sit through interminable rubbish on TV.
Report akabula February 2, 2019 2:21 AM GMT
What a hypocrite you are SF.
Report Facts February 2, 2019 7:50 AM GMT
Torquemada    01 Feb 19 22:51 
Not really the thread for it? But you'll go ahead anyway. More hypocrisy.

And comparing Thatcher to Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler? Desperate and pathetic in the extreme. Pure nonsense.



Er.....don't think he was actually.
Report Torquemada February 2, 2019 8:39 AM GMT
Er.....I think he was actually.
Report STUDYFORM February 2, 2019 9:36 AM GMT
No - I wasn't.

I was making a very simple point, which is that there is a point at which sympathy and respect at someone passing away stops being sympathy. Not a comparison of people at all.
By YOUR reckoning Jeremy Hardy should be compared with Thatcher. Not by mine.

So I'll write my post in a way that would-be lawyers and pedants like you can understand.
By asking you this straightforward question.
Would you say that at the passing of Stalin, Pol Pot or Hitler (for example) you would be writing "RIP" and other sympathies?

I'll answer (honestly) for you. No you wouldn't.

Nor would I.

Neither would I about Thatcher (along with millions of others). Which IS NOT to compare her to the other despots.

So Thatcher dead - "I rejoiced in that news" as she once did. Jeremy Hardy dead - RIP

Akabula - seriously mate, do you HAVE to comment on every little thing I say, even joining in with someone pouring through 6 year old threads to try to discredit little old me?


Your collective desperation to politicise EVERY thread, or pick up on and conflate or distort facts to suit your own stupid twisted political agendas is nothing short of pathetic.
Report Torquemada February 2, 2019 9:45 AM GMT
Accusing others of conflating and distorting facts? More shameless hypocrisy.

Everything I have written on this thread is correct. Everything you wrote subsequently, Studyform, is an embarrassing attempt to direct attention away from your pathetic behaviour. As to criticism about political agendas, you're practically a lost cause, adrift in a sea of your own delusion.
Report trilby22 February 2, 2019 9:48 AM GMT
I was no fan of Hardy but RIP all the same.

This IS a RIP fred, aye?
Report Torquemada February 2, 2019 10:04 AM GMT
Jeremy Hardy wasn't being compared to a bunch of tyrants, Margaret Thatcher was being compared to a bunch of tyrants.

Studyform's hypocrital criticism of comments on here was exposed when compared to his comments on Thatcher's death. That pretty much sums it up.
Report Torquemada February 2, 2019 10:06 AM GMT
Everything else is deflection.
Report Mikael D'Haguenet February 2, 2019 10:08 AM GMT
If Jeremy Hardy wasn't being compared to a bunch of tyrants, you'd agree that lybertyne's post was in poor form then?
Report Torquemada February 2, 2019 10:09 AM GMT
Yes, absolutely.
Report Mikael D'Haguenet February 2, 2019 10:11 AM GMT
Fair enough.

Fwiw, I think all political leaders are fair game for abuse, recently deceased or otherwise. I shan't be grieving Blair, for example, even though I voted for the prick at every opportunity!
Report Ibrahima Sonko February 2, 2019 11:12 AM GMT
RIP Jeremy Hardy.

Well done Torquemada on calling out a hypocrite.
Report The Leopard February 2, 2019 11:45 AM GMT
Studyform is not a hypocrite....just trolling nonsense ....from Toke-made-her....the Poodle Parlour manager !

Laugh

( I'm taking an educated guess.... as I have the muppet blocked )
Report raspberrybottom February 2, 2019 12:02 PM GMT
What a bleedin' awful thread this has turned into.... Sad

Not having a pop at you, leopard, btw.
Report lfc1971 February 2, 2019 12:11 PM GMT
The Irish sent a letter of condolence to Berlin when they heard of Hitler’s death

I think that was a mistake
Report The Leopard February 2, 2019 12:17 PM GMT

Feb 2, 2019 -- 6:02AM, raspberrybottom wrote:


What a bleedin' awful thread this has turned into.... Not having a pop at you, leopard, btw.


Jeremy is probably not bothered....to be honest.

Report lfc1971 February 2, 2019 12:17 PM GMT
can you imagine the look on the Germans face when they received it , lol
Report The Leopard February 2, 2019 12:20 PM GMT
"Zeez Irish....zay izz ze friendly fellowzzz....Yah ? "
Report The Leopard February 2, 2019 12:24 PM GMT
Just checked that.... lfc....I didn't know that ! Shocked
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/dec/31/secondworldwar.ireland

President sent sympathy on Hitler's death

Douglas Hyde, Ireland's president during the second world war, offered condolences to Germany's representative in Dublin over the death of Adolf Hitler, newly declassified records show.

Until now it was believed that Ireland's prime minister, Eamon de Valera, was the only leader to convey official condolences, a gesture criticised worldwide.

But the presidential record for 1938-1957, made public this week, sheds new light on one of the most embarrassing chapters in Irish history - its decision to maintain cordial relations with the Nazis even after news of the Holocaust emerged.
Report The Leopard February 2, 2019 12:27 PM GMT
Wiki :

Condolences on Hitler's death

Ireland maintained a public stance of neutrality to the end by refusing to close the German and Japanese Legations, and the Taoiseach Éamon de Valera signed the book of condolence on Adolf Hitler's death on 2 May 1945, and personally visited Ambassador Hempel, following the usual protocol on the death of a Head of State of a state with a legation in Ireland.

President Douglas Hyde visited Hempel separately on 3 May.[45] The visits caused a storm of protest in the United States.[46] Irish envoys in other nations did likewise, but no other Western European democracies followed Ireland's example.[47]
Report lfc1971 February 2, 2019 12:31 PM GMT
They haven’t changed , remember that .
Report The Leopard February 2, 2019 12:33 PM GMT
They have probably changed ...but to what degree is the question ?
Report flushgordon1 February 2, 2019 12:36 PM GMT
If he was a tenth as funny as Oliver ,he would deserve. the plaudits ,he doesn't he was a tame BBC plant.
Report STUDYFORM February 2, 2019 1:46 PM GMT

Feb 2, 2019 -- 4:04AM, Torquemada wrote:


Jeremy Hardy wasn't being compared to a bunch of tyrants, Margaret Thatcher was being compared to a bunch of tyrants. Studyform's hypocrital criticism of comments on here was exposed when compared to his comments on Thatcher's death. That pretty much sums it up.


No she wasn't. My explanation was clear.
No - I wasn't.

I was making a very simple point, which is that there is a point at which sympathy and respect at someone passing away stops being sympathy. Not a comparison of people at all.
By YOUR reckoning Jeremy Hardy should be compared with Thatcher. Not by mine.

So I'll write my post in a way that would-be lawyers and pedants like you can understand.
By asking you this straightforward question.
Would you say that at the passing of Stalin, Pol Pot or Hitler (for example) you would be writing "RIP" and other sympathies?

I'll answer (honestly) for you. No you wouldn't.
OF COURSE THERE WAS NO ANSWER TO THIS

Nor would I.

Neither would I about Thatcher (along with millions of others). Which IS NOT to compare her to the other despots.

So Thatcher dead - "I rejoiced in that news" as she once did. Jeremy Hardy dead - RIP

Akabula - seriously mate, do you HAVE to comment on every little thing I say, even joining in with someone pouring through 6 year old threads to try to discredit little old me?


Your collective desperation to politicise EVERY thread, or pick up on and conflate or distort facts to suit your own stupid twisted political agendas is nothing short of pathetic.


YET torquemada, you fundamentally agree with my initial point that lybertyne is out of order, but felt the need to attempt to ridicule me along the way... sad, desperate stuff.

Tell me, as you enjoy pouring through old forgotten threads, with the exception of Thatcher (who had LOADS of detractors, even in death) how many other posts did you find?

Some of you live your lives around this (political) stuff. Same old trolls, nothing new to say, boring and very sad.

Report saddo February 2, 2019 2:03 PM GMT
You did rather put Thatcher in the same barrow as those people who killed millions, pointless wriggling about now. I hated her, but wtf?
Report RacingCert February 2, 2019 2:18 PM GMT
It is rather asking for trouble putting up an rip thread on anyone with political leanings, let’s face it.

What exactly is the point of such a thread anyway?
How much sadness does the thread author feel?

Yes, it’s a shame some bloke has died.
Cancer is a **stard.

I hardly remember him but he did get an obit in the times.
Seems like he was another not particularly funny comedian.
Fair play to him though I won’t get in the times.
Report saddo February 2, 2019 2:23 PM GMT
I expect he would have got almost exactly twice as many mentions had he died before he alienated half his audience, like nearly every other comedian on the MSM has done.
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