Bernie Clifton and Oswald the Ostrich set to retire

Bernie Clifton and Oswald the Ostrich set to retire

Do you have fond memories of Bernie Clifton and Oswald the Ostrich causing havoc on The Good Old Days, Crackerjack and The Royal Variety Performance? Sadly, after 44 years of entertaining the nation, it's time to say goodbye to Bernie and his sidekick Oswald. 

The time has come for the legendary comedy duo to retire after their last appearance in Last Laugh In Vegas, which will see him take to the famous vegas strip alongside several other stars including Su Pollard, Anita Harris, and Cannon and Ball for a special performance. 

Legendary entertainer Bernie turns 82 on April 30th, and confirmed that the ITV show will be the last time we see him and Oswald. Talking to the Daily Star newspaper, the comedian seemed sad about their last show.  "Oswald is now a lot older and slower than he used to be. It’s time he stopped performing.

"I know people will be sad but it’s like my favourite footballer Bobby Charlton. I wouldn’t fancy seeing him play now."


He added to the Daily Star newspaper: "This show is the last time viewers will see us together.

"It was while we were filming in Vegas and watching old footage of ourselves from years ago that I realised it was time for Oswald to bow out. You could say this is his 'swansong'."

81-year-old Bernie has been entertaining the nation for over 60 years. Oswald joined Bernie in the 70s, making his TV debut in The Good Old Days. "Oswald appeared on my debut TV show, 'The Good Old Days', and then we did Crackerjack together. 

"I was doing my act with Oswald at a club in 1979 and in the audience was the producer of The Royal Variety Show. He put me in the show and everything took off after that.

"I did an eight-minute spot and it was a show-stopper – even the Queen was wiping away tears of laughter."

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  • You can watch Last Laugh in Vegas tonight on ITV at 9pm. 
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