„When I said I was going to become a comedian, they all laughed. Well, they're not laughing now, are they?“

—  Bob Monkhouse, Second obituary on BBC news website http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/1958051.stm
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English entertainer 1928 - 2003

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