Cannon and Ball’s first-ever TV sketch uncovered following Bobby’s tragic death

Legendary comedian Bobby Ball has died at the age of 76 after testing positive for Covid-19, his manager has confirmed.

The actor, real name Robert Harper, will be fondly remembered as one of half of comedy double act Cannon and Ball.

The funny duo fronted The Cannon and Ball show, a comedy variety show on ITV, for almost a decade.

Cannon and Ball jokingly squabbled their way through their first-ever television sketch back in July 1979.

Ball continued to interrupt and make faces behind his partner's back throughout the performance, leaving the studio in fits of giggles.

The TV star later went on to make a joke about famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh.

Ball, who wore a full black tuxedo and bow tie, asked: "Do you remember Vincent Van Gogh?

"Yeah the famous painter," Cannon replied.

Ball continued: "Did you know this? He cut off his ear and gave it to his girlfriend and she said 'thank you' and he said 'You what?'"

Cannon and the members of the studio audience erupted into sounds of laughter.

"That's the best thing you've done all night," Cannon told his pal before the left the stage.

The Cannon and Ball show ran for nine series and aired its final episode on December 24 1988.

After the series ended, the pair went on to Cannon and Ball's Casino, a Saturday-night game show for Yorkshire Television in the early 1990s, and Plaza Patrol, also for Yorkshire Television.

Bobby passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Wednesday evening at around 9.30pm a statement from his heartbroken wife Yvonne, his family and Tommy confirmed.

It said: "Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems.

"At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19."

"His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.

"She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.

"Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made."

Bobby starred in several sitcoms including Not Going Out, Last of the Summer Wine and Heartbeat.

Cannon and Ball also came second to EastEnders stars Derek Martin and John Altman in the celebrity version of Coach Trip back in 2011.

Bobby was famous for twanging his braces on stage, while saying: "Rock on, Tommy."

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