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Simon Bird: Debrief review – winningly silly standup spins jokes in the air

Simon Bird always intended to be a live performer. An ex-president of Cambridge Footlights, he duly took to the Edinburgh fringe stage – before stardom, in the shape of The Inbetweeners (and later Friday Night Dinner), intervened. Recently, he’s been heard plotting a return to standup. But he can’t have expected it to happen like this: to row upon row of empty seats, his every joke evaporating into silence.
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'I'll always aspire to be like him': Friday Night Dinner star Simon Bird pays tribute to late co-star Paul Ritter after his death from a brain tumour aged 54

Simon Bird has paid tribute to his late co-star Paul Ritter, following his death from a brain tumour on Monday, aged 54. The Inbetweeners actor, 36, shared a touching message via his onscreen sibling Tom Rosenthal's Twitter on Thursday, writing that he will 'always aspire to be like' Paul and went on to heap praise on him.
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Paul Ritter death: Simon Bird pays tribute to his Friday Night Dinner co-star in heartbreaking post

Simon Bird has written an emotional tribute to his late Friday Night Dinner co-star Paul Ritter. Ritter died “peacefully at home” on Friday (2 April) aged 54 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, his agent announced on Tuesday (6 April).Among the actor’s most notable screen credits – which include Harry Potter and HBO’s Chernobyl – is Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner, in which he starred as the patriarch of a family portrayed by Bird, Tamsin Greig and Tom Rosenthal. In the wake of his death, stars including Rob Delaney and Nicola Coughlan have paid tribute to Ritter.Now Bird, who plays...