Featuring Les Dennis and the late Dustin Gee, this hugely popular Saturday night show ran for three series between 1984 and 1986, up until the sad death of Dustin Gee in 1986. The third series was re-titled Les and Dustin’s Lsughter show.
Les Dennis and Dustin Gee had met on the Russ Abbott’s Madhouse show and would perform alongside Russ Abbott in various sketches. In 1984 they were offered their own show. The show was hugely popular in it’s time, but came to an abrupt end when on 3rd January 1986, Gee died after suffering a heart attack on New Year’s night 1986, whilst he and Dennis were playing the Ugly sisters in Cinderella.
Whilst in hospital family members with him at the time reported that Gee woke up suddenly at 8am on 3rd January. He asked for a cup of tea and ice cream, they described him as being “quite chatty”. He thanked them for coming, said that they must see him in pantomime when he recovered and asked where his watch was. He was sat up for a while and it appeared as if he was going to survive and recover. However, later that morning he lost consciousness again and died at 12:45 p.m.
The final series went out after his death, comedy partner and friend Les Dennis kept the show going as a solo performer, changing the title to Les Denis’ Laughter show it continued to run until 1991.
The show provided a mix of sketches and musical numbers. Each week they were joined by different comedians.
Les Dennis and Dustin Gee
Original Transmission Dates: 7th April 1984 – 22nd April 1986