Tribute to comedy giants really hit the heights

This week’s newspaper column is being written from a Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner, 35,000 feet in the air en-route from Miami to London.  We even have an internet connection to help with the research.  This certainly helps keep us occupied during a long haul nine-hour flight.  How times have changed.

In addition to this, the onboard film selection is something of a treat.  Never have I witnessed such a choice of new and old films.  My choice of film on this occasion was the latest blockbuster, ‘Laurel and Hardy’.  It was a partnership that one time made them the world’s greatest comedy team.

With the golden era of Hollywood films behind them, diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953.  But there were big challenges relating to health and management which gives us a true insight into the tough world of entertainment.

I must admit, I was truly moved by the story – and Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly played the heroes of comedy amazingly well.