Comedian Kelly Monteith’s Death at 80 Brings Tears to Fans
It’s with profound sadness and a heavy heart we inform you of Comedian Kelly Monteith’s death at the age of 80. He sadly passed away in January 2023.
The sad news was confirmed by a statement from The Anglophile Channel which read: “It is with great sadness that The Anglophile Channel announces the passing of our dearest friend/teammate, comedian, and broadcaster Kelly Monteith.”
Discovered in the early 1970s, Kelly performed as a guest comedian on the BBC’s Des O’Connor Tonight and NBC’s The Tonight Show. In 1976, Monteith appeared a short-lived variety show on CBS entitled The Kelly Monteith Show.
After his successful guest appearances on British talk shows Kelly was offered his own series by the BBC. He premiered in 1979 and ran for six seasons.
Kelly won the Silver Rose for the BBC at the Montreux Television Festival in Switzerland during the series’ run. In the U.S. the BBC series was rerun on the fledgling Arts and Entertainment Network.
The talented comedian hosted the short-lived hidden camera TV show “The Hit Squad” in first-run American syndication from 1987-1988.
In 2004, Kelly wrote, directed, and starred in the low-budget comedy A Lousy 10 Grand. Monteith wrote and appeared in the 6-part television series The Real Geezers of Beverley Hills, Adjacent, which was released on Amazon Prime Video.
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What Led to Kelly Monteith’s Death?
Kelly Monteith’s death cause has not been disclosed yet but according to reports, the comedian suffered two strokes in February 2021. The strokes left him with aphasia, following which his ex-wife Caroline Alexander set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his rehabilitation and speech therapy.
Tributes to Kelly Monteith have poured in following the passing of the iconic comedian. Many people took to Twitter to pay touching tribute to Monteith.
Comedian Bennett Arron wrote on Twitter: “Kelly Monteith has passed away! A few years ago I said in an interview that, along with Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, and my father, he was one of my favorite comedians.”
“He heard about it, got in contact, and thanked me. It’s sad that many won’t know of him. #RIPKellyMonteith,” he added.
Mark Braxton wrote: “Very sad news about Kelly Monteith. His BBC series was a firm fixture of my early 80s viewing. I remember he and Stanley Unwin made unlikely but superb fellow guests on one edition of Parkinson’s chat show. The photo was taken on 6 July 1982 by Don Smith for @RadioTimes.”
“This is sad news – I loved Kelly Monteith when I was a kid. He had a series buried away on BBC 2, midweek, mid-evening. A sort of a stand-up/sitcom cross-over before we had cross-overs,” Steve Doherty tweeted.
Lee Thompson said: “Kelly Monteith. A name that means almost nothing to anyone under 55. My wife just looked at me blankly when I told her he’s died. But he was such a huge star on BBC2 back in the day with his own show.”
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