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1st Mar 2006, 09:39
Tragic loss of a very funny lady. Saw her in a recording of the News Quiz once..........quite brilliant.


Cornish Jack
1st Mar 2006, 11:24
Tragic indeed. Lady comedians are few enough anyway. Linda Smith, in whatever she did was total magic - always left me with a feeling of joy that someone else understood the ridiculous nature of the world we live in.
The only negative was that she agreed to appear in the truly awful 'Just a minute'. One can only suppose that she needed the money.
RIP ma'am and thank you.

pilgrim flyer
1st Mar 2006, 11:43
I was hoping a thread might start about this, why didn't I? Linda Smith- a welcome breath of air on both radio and in the current political climate.

Made the 6.30 comedy slot on R4 work, like it doesn't often do these days. I'll overlook the 'Just a Minute' lapse cos a) she was the only funny person on it and b) that gag about being able to spot NP in the Gobi dessert due to his cravat.

The world needs more people like this, not less...


1st Mar 2006, 11:54
A very funny lady. Will greatly be missed.

Conan the Librarian
1st Mar 2006, 12:03
Awful news. I heard it on the car radio yeserday afternoon and was deeply shocked. This was the funniest, smartest, wittiest and cleverest observer of modern life that I know of. She will be deeply missed by all that ever knew her.

RIP Linda. You were the best.


Monkey Boy
1st Mar 2006, 12:19
Quite simply the funniest woman ever. Will be sadly missed. RIP.

1st Mar 2006, 12:40
Very sad, and very brave. It seems she had been fighting this for
over three years yet kept it quiet.

I add my sentiments to those already posted, we have lost a
unique, warm and very observant lady.

1st Mar 2006, 12:40
I was very sad to realise we won't hear that wicked laugh any more. Definitely one of the funniest women I've ever heard.

I agree the 6.30pm "funny spot" doesn't have much going for it these days - the Newsquiz and ISIHAC is all there is.

1st Mar 2006, 15:51
Devastating news...


Aside from having razor-sharp wit, she was a voice of reason against the drive towards returning to medieval values that seems to have engulfed much of society in recent times.

Sad day...

22nd Mar 2006, 12:09
LS was one of the few people on R4 that made driving a very hazardous task. I used to roar with laughter at most of her utterances. So sadly missed, totally a one off.

22nd Mar 2006, 12:30
I believe BBC2 will be showing a couple of programmes in tribute in the next few days / weeks? Don't tell me I've missed them...

22nd Mar 2006, 13:03
They showed LS guesting on HIGNFY and in Room 101 sequentially, very shortly after her death.

28th Jun 2006, 21:29
If you're interested, BBC7 are playing A Brief History of Timewasting (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/noscript.shtml?/radio/aod/bbc7_aod.shtml?bbc7/brief_history_of_timewasting)and a three hour tribute from Jeremy Hardy (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/noscript.shtml?/radio/aod/bbc7_aod.shtml?bbc7/linda_smith_tribute)

The first is in six episodes played on Tuesday and the second will last until Saturday.

I first heard her on The News Quiz.

Link #1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/noscript.shtml?/radio/aod/bbc7_aod.shtml?bbc7/brief_history_of_timewasting (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/noscript.shtml?/radio/aod/bbc7_aod.shtml?bbc7/brief_history_of_timewasting)

Link #2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/noscript.shtml?/radio/aod/bbc7_aod.shtml?bbc7/linda_smith_tribute (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/noscript.shtml?/radio/aod/bbc7_aod.shtml?bbc7/linda_smith_tribute)

29th Jun 2006, 09:25
The news quiz, ISIHAC, just a minute & all the rest will never be the same. :(