Originally Posted by Tin_Ribs
Sorry to hear mate. Mine died back in 2009, so I was lucky to get to spend so much time with him really. I wish he'd been computer literate; he'd have loved it over on the Classic forum with some of the elder lemons on there and would've added a lot to it. His family were from Merthyr Tydfil and I always wanted to take him there to see the statues of Howard Winstone and Johnny Owen, but he disliked traveling and was generally too ill to go far. Owen's fate really knocked the stuffing out of him.
I've seen a lot of live stand up that I love and god knows how many funny films and sitcoms, but I can't get past Stan and Ollie. Sweeping statements usually get on my wick, so it's odd that I never tire of believing (or saying) that Stan Laurel was the funniest man to ever draw breath.
My biggest regret with my Grandad was that I never knew him when I was a man.
I was only in my mid teens when we lost him, I would have loved to be able to go to the pub with him and sit and chat.
I love 'The Music Box' the classic with the piano, but I have a soft spot for 'Way Out West'' it was my Grandads favourite and it still makes me laugh so much, particularly the musical interludes!
When watching the films you realise just how many modern comedians (such as Robin Williams and Jim Carey) owed to Laurel; as famous as they are I really believe that Laural is underated.