BBC Comedian Kelly Monteith Dies, One Year After Two Strokes

Kelly Monteith, a comedian, died at the age of 80. Fans are paying tribute to the comedian who did a lot of new things. Most people in the UK knew about the American comedian because he was one of the first to get his own BBC show.

His self-titled show ran from 1979 to 1984. The Anglophile Channel, a production company in Los Angeles that worked closely with Kelly, said that he had died.

“It is with great sadness that The Anglophile Channel announces the passing of our dearest friend and teammate, award-winning comedian/host, Kelly Monteith,” the statement read.

“Kelly was an integral part of TAC having co-hosted Brit Flix with Kelly, Paul and Two-Buck Chuck and Kelly’s BBC Memories.”

“In 2015 Monteith and Paul Boland were awarded the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Television Anchor/Host by the Los Angeles Press Club.”

“After a few successful appearances on the Des O’Connor Show, Monteith starred in his own successful comedy series, ‘Kelly Monteith’, which ran on the BBC for six seasons.”

“Monteith co-wrote his titular series with Neil Shand. Monteith was the one of the first American comedians to get his own show on the BBC.”

“In America, Monteith starred in two series on CBS called, The Kelly Monteith Show and The Hit Squad.”

“As Kelly often remarked, one of the highlights of his career was performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Il at the Royal Variety Performance in 1983.”

“His time in England was incredibly special to Monteith. During his time there, he met his future wife Caroline. The couple have two children. Kelly will be deeply missed at The Anglophile Channel, in the world of comedy and by his family and friends alike.”

Kelly was found in the early 1970s, and she did stand-up comedy on The Tonight Show on NBC and Des O’Connor Tonight on the BBC.

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After he did well as a guest on British talk shows, the BBC gave him his own show, which ran for six seasons. The comedian broke the fourth wall by going into his dressing room before and after a scene. He was ahead of his time.

Kelly had two strokes in February 2021. While recovering at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for two months, his ex-wife Caroline Alexander started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his speech therapy and rehabilitation.

After hearing the sad news about Kelly’s death, comedy fans rushed to Twitter to share their favorite memories of him.

“Sad news about Kelly Monteith. Funny, personable & (like Dave Allen) way ahead of his time. Judging from the reaction on here he was a bigger influence than he ever knew,” actor Sanjeev Kohli tweeted.

“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 favourite comedians. He heard about it, got in contact and thanked me. It’s sad that many won’t know of him,” Comeidan Bennett Arron added.

“RIP Kelly Monteith. Prototype of Garry Shandling, Seinfeld, etc. and obviously influenced by George Carlin. Way ahead of his time but not seen as such because he made his innovation mainstream. Loved him as a kid,” comedian Nick Pettigrew wrote.

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