The demise of Lord Ted (16 June 93)
They're gone, but not forgotten ... unfortunately
By Miles Kington
Where are they now?
A round-up of some once-familiar names and faces
ER "Ted" Dexter.
This once-famous English wag, wit and stand-up England selector
has finally packed in his act after being convinced that his
routine was now out of date.
"He recently did a tour of India and Sri Lanka without getting a
single laugh," says a friend who wants to remain anonymous, "and
if you do that, it's time to go. Basically, his material hadn't
changed in years. Also, it wasn't funny to begin with."
Dexter first became famous for being the only stand-up cricketer
who ever managed to run over himself with his own car (a feat
never repeated by younger comedians), but somehow he never quite
capped it. His familiar catch phrases - "There is nothing wrong
with this side that a few quick centuries wouldn't put right" and
"We would easily have won if it hadn't been for the food, the
pitch, the umpires and the quality of the opposition, which took
us by surprise" - seemed long-winded in the modern age of quick-
fire Australian appeals, and not as snappy as they had once been.
He represents a more gentlemanly age of joke-making and will be
missed by connoisseurs of the surrealist apology.
(Edited from a long article from The Independent)
Thanks to Vicky on r.s.c.
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