Tony Hendra — the British humorist finest generally known as the “That is Spinal Faucet” supervisor who blunderingly shrunk Stonehenge — died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s illness in Yonkers, NY.
He was 79, and had battled the sickness, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, since 2019.
“A superb satirist,” the long-lasting 1984 mockumentary’s director, Rob Reiner, tweeted in memorializing Hendra’s death.
Hendra obtained his begin within the early Nineteen Sixties as a member of the Cambridge College Footlights evaluation, showing on stage with future Monty Python stars John Cleese and Graham Chapman.
He moved to the U.S. in 1964 and — along with his comedy accomplice Nick Ullett — opened for the legendary Lenny Bruce in Greenwich Village.
Hendra was most prolific as a comedy author. He penned skits for the favored U.Okay. comedy collection “That Was The Week That Was,” and for Hugh Hefner’s “Playboy After Darkish,” then began working at Nationwide Lampoon journal.
There he grew to become a member of an underground satire scene that included John Belushi and Christopher Visitor — who solid him as Ian Religion in “That is Spinal Faucet.”
Hendra’s ridiculously small Stonehenge stage set earned a few of the film’s finest laughs — as did this entendre-laden line, delivered whereas holding a cricket bat:
“Definitely, within the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having an excellent strong piece of wooden in your hand is commonly helpful.”
One other huge chortle got here when the cricket bat-wielding Hendra dismissed a cancelled Boston gig, Reiner famous.
“A superb satirist who when studying that the band’s Boston gig had been canceled, advised them to not fear [because] Boston wasn’t an enormous faculty city,” Reiner’s tweet learn.
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