FELLOW COMEDIAN BRENDAN Grace has led tributes to Hal Roach on news of his death today.
“I grew up on Hal Roach,” Grace told RTÉ Radio earlier. “He certainly inspired me. He was a master of timing.”
The iconic comedian spent more than 60 years in show business and made it into the Guinness Book of Records for the longest-running engagement of a comedian at the same venue.
The Waterford native spent 26 years at Jury’s Irish Cabaret at Jury’s Ballsbridge in Dublin and his popularity grew with American tourists visiting Ireland.
“His gags appealed to an American audience,” said Grace, despite the fact they were mostly based on Ireland.
He said Irish people were the envy of the world because we can enjoy humour about ourselves.
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