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Omid Djalili on Mel Smith: comedy's answer to Man Utd's dream team

18 March 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A master of set-ups and punchlines, Smith had the crossing ability of David Beckham and the goal-scoring precision of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole

Not the Nine O’Clock News was the first comedy show I truly responded to when I was a teenager. I watched it avidly not just for pleasure but also for kudos. I knew we’d talk about it at school the next day. Griff Rhys Jones once told me the show had been targeted at teens, specifically my generation at the time. With just about every sketch, they hit the comedy bullseye.

Anything Rowan Atkinson touched turned to gold. His timing was impeccable and there seemed to be a deep intelligence behind what he was doing. Griff Rhys Jones had a rawness about him that made him appear the most unhinged – someone who was struggling with something deep within but able (just about) to keep a lid on it. »

- Omid Djalili

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