Today, 26 November 2016, it's 20 years since we lost Michael Bentine at 74. I thought he was a comedy genius.
I enjoyed him as a Goon, as presenter of It's A Square World and Potty Time, as a writer and as a chat show guest.
On hearing of his death, I wrote this little poem:
I thought he was bonkers,
then bonkers made me laugh,
but sharp mind and sharp wit
balanced the sense of it.
Take a bow, clever clown,
now my mouth's painted down.