Paul Chuckle coping with death of brother Paul through laughter

The double act left viewers in stitches for more than 50 years with their slapstick comedy. But last summer, Barry died from bone cancer.

Paul says he has struggled to deal with the loss. He told the Daily Star Sunday: “When you lose someone who is close to you, it physically hurts inside.

“It really hurts. I still miss Barry terribly. I’ve had a lot of loss in my life.

“I’ve lost my mum and dad, my only sister, and in 1974 I lost my three-month-old daughter. You don’t get used to it.

“But you can’t hold it in. You’ve got to let it out of you. “You’ve got to cry. You’ve got to talk to people. 

“And even though he’s not here any more, people are always coming up to me to say we were part of their childhood. That’s great to hear.

“Chucklevision was on for more than 20 years. It had a really long run. So anyone under the age of 46 probably watched it through their school years.

“Everywhere I go I get people shouting, ‘To you, to me’. It’s happened in Rome, in Barcelona – wherever there are people from the UK I get it.”

He joked: “I’m glad people still like me; if they stop liking me I won’t earn any money.”

Paul is now trying to carve out a career without his co-star brother for the first time since the 1960s, right. But he has had to rule out some jobs.

He said: “I’m not going to bother trying to do stand-up comedy on my own. It wouldn’t work, not like it did when we were together.

“We worked as a double act for 56 years. That’s a long, long time to work with someone.

“We were always a visual comedy act. I’d feed him the gags and he was the funny one.

“He looked funny, too, because he was skinny as a rake. But look at me – I don’t have that.”

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