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Loose Cannon. Tommy Cannon talks to William Cook

Features | By William Cook

Three years after Bobby Ball died, Tommy Cannon, his bereft comedy partner, is back on stage. He talks to William Cook

The way they were: Tommy Cannon (left) and Bobby Ball in 1990Is there anything quite so melancholy as a bereaved straight man, soldiering on as a solo turn after the funny half of the double act has died? Ernie Wise cut a lonely figure after Eric Morecambe died – and Tommy Cannon, without Bobby Ball beside him, I feared might be much the same. I needn’t have worried. It’s nearly three years since Bobby died, aged 76 (a cruel combination of pulmonary disease and Covid). Though Tommy still misses him terribly, he seems content and self-assured. His bright eyes twinkle with fun and laughter – he wears his 85 years lightly. Still, it’s impossible for me (and countless other Cannon & Ball fans) to meet him without thinking about Bobby. I’ve met Tommy twice before, both times with Bobby, backstage in Blackpool and Skegness, and both times they were hilarious...

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