Little and Large’s final bow: Comedy duo’s last stage show together goes live four months after Eddie Large died of coronavirus at age 78
- The performance was filmed in January last year but has so far remained hidden
- Comedy duo appeared at the Bristol Slapstick Festival and talked about their lives
- A joke saw Syd Little tease that the audience thought they were ‘already dead’
Comedy duo Little and Large’s last show together will finally air – four months after Eddie Large died of coronavirus at the age of 78.
The showbiz couple, who were big stars in their heyday, will be seen again by fans despite the fact that half of the act has sadly passed away.
Comedy enthusiasts can look back on their careers at the Bristol Slapstick Festival, filmed in January 2019, in 90 minutes.
Eddie Large and Syd Little at the Bristol Slapstick Festival, which was filmed early last year
The poignant images of the duo, who have been in a partnership for 56 years, show Eddie struggles with ill health, but is determined to get the last laugh.
He waves to the crowd and declares, “One last thing – thanks to this heart and so I lived another 15 years.
“I just want to say that I hope everyone here lives long enough to see the end of Brexit.”
Eddie died in April after taking Covid-19 and his partner joked at the beginning of the performance, most of the audience probably thought they had already died.
Syd quipped, “Hands up to everyone who thought we were dead?” before he and Eddie raised their arms.
Mourners gathered to await the procession for Eddie Large’s funeral after his death in April
They later recalled a meeting in Manchester and Eddie and went on to see Syd perform in the Stonemasons Arms, according to the Mirror.
It led to the “Syd and Eddie” act, which saw them turn pro in 1963 before changing their name to Little and Large in 1970.
Eddie told the crowd, “We were a club act, an aggressive club act. We worked in places where fighting would break out, bottles thrown, sandwiches thrown, but I didn’t mind because I was always hungry.”
Syd added, “We just went on all night and had a curry at three in the morning.”
Eddie Large and Syd Little were very successful with their double act in the seventies and eighties
The footage will be posted online by the organizers of the Slapstick festival later this month, giving fans one last look at the two funny men in action.
Syd Little said goodbye to Eddie in April after dying in hospital from coronavirus while being treated for heart failure.
In heartbreaking scenes, he was comforted by his wife Sheree when he touched the hearse his old friend was wearing, decorating British television screens like Little And Large for five decades.
The star was joined by some 50 benefactors who showed their support for Eddie when his body was taken to a crematorium in Portishead, Somerset.
Eddie, a lifelong Manchester City fan who lived with his wife Patsy in Portishead, near Bristol, died alone in the hospital due to a visitor’s ban during the current crisis, and his son Ryan said ‘his heart was unfortunately not strong enough to to fight ‘coronavirus. He had a heart transplant in 2003.
See Little and Large reunited from August 14 at youtube.com/user/SlapstickFest. The channel also includes Jo Brand, John Cleese and Tim Vine.