Many of the sketch characters that made me famous should now be resurrected, says Lenny Henry

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A lot of the sketch characters that made me famous should be revived now, Lenny Henry declares

Many of the sketch characters that brought Sir Lenny Henry fame should have been woke up now, the comedian declared.

Sir Lenny, 64, insisted he would do things differently if he started his career in 2022. He was an impressionist in the late 1970s before getting his own show in 1984.

Sir Lenny admitted that everything was going to have to change. He added: ‘My partner would go, ‘You should throw most of the 70s and 80s in the bin, you can’t do this s*** anymore,'” he told Britain’s GQ magazine. “I realize that if I started now, there are a lot of things I wouldn’t do.”

Many of the sketch characters that made Sir Lenny Henry famous should now be revived, the comedian has claimed

He gave the example of Donovan Bogarde, Lenny Henry’s character in the film Pieces, which aired between 2000 and 2003. Bogarde was a pensioner who constantly used sexual innuendo in his conversations with Mrs Johnson, the woman he pursued.

Sir Lenny said he wouldn’t do that now. And he said his character Theophilus P Wildebeeste – a lovelorn soul singer who appeared on The Lenny Henry Show in the 1980s – would ‘have to be woken up’.

Sir Lenny said his character Theophilus P Wildebeeste (pictured at Wembley Stadium in London in 1990) - the lovelorn soul singer who appeared on The Lenny Henry Show in the 1980s - would 'have to be woken up'.

Sir Lenny said his character Theophilus P Wildebeeste (pictured at Wembley Stadium in London in 1990) – the lovelorn soul singer who appeared on The Lenny Henry Show in the 1980s – would ‘need to be woken up’.

“Everything should change,” he added. ‘And that’s good [thing].’

But he came to the defense of comedians such as Ricky Gervais, who have caused a stir with their stand-up specials.

He said: “Comedy is about pushing boundaries… and what’s great about free speech in a free world is that, in theory, as long as you have some taste and are good at self-editing, you can say whatever you like.’

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