Remember when comedy wasn't funny? That’s right – the eighties. That tragic decade responsible for the comedic blind alley that was the Saturday night double act, the magician and the ventriloquist.

Here are five awful comic turns that somehow managed to wheedle their way onto prime time TV during those ten terrible years.

  • The Great Soprendo
  • Keith Harris and Cuddles
  • Bob Carolgees and Spit the dog
  • Cannon & Ball
  • Ray Alan and Lord Charles

But the Eighties weren't all bad. Among the desolation of talking monkeys and Northern gag-men straight from the end of the pier, a few rare people of genius did presents themselves.

Here are five acts from that desperate decade that genuinely did make us laugh.

  • Smith and Jones
  • Fry & Laurie
  • Frankie Howerd
  • Billy Connolly
  • Les Dawson