2016 has seen many a well-loved entertainer pass away and on the evening of Christmas Day it was revealed that George Michael had sadly passed away peacefully at the age of 53.
George was of course, best-known for his work as a member of Wham! and as a solo artist, but he was no stranger to a cameo in some of Britain’s best loved television comedies.
He appeared in Christmas specials of Extras, The Catherine Tate Show as well as Comic Relief sketches with characters from Little Britain and Gavin & Stacey.
Re-live George Michael’s brilliant comedy cameos here…
Extras (Christmas Special) | 16th December 2007
When Andy Millman sits down on a park bench, the last person he expects to find taking a seat next to him is George Michael.
He’s there on a break from his community service which he was given for fly-tipping with Annie Lennox and the scene pokes fun at various infamous moments from his personal life.
The Catherine Tate Show (Christmas Special) | 25th December 2007
In The Catherine Tate Show Christmas special, Nurse Bernie is seen singing Wham!’s Wake Me Up Before You Go Go before a patient appears from the curtains telling her to “shut the fuck up”. That patient of course being George Michael himself.
When Bernie offers him sex with her his reply is “Do you not read the papers, love?”, another example of how self-deprecating he was.
Little Britain (Comic Relief) | 13th March 2009
In a Little Britain sketch for Comic Relief in 2009, Lou takes Andy to a restaurant for his birthday and organises a visit from George Michael.
When George arrives, or “Mr Michaels” as Lou calls him, Andy could not be any less impressed.
We hear Andy use his famous catchphrase “I don’t like him”, before revealing to George that he actually prefers Tony Hadley!
Smithy (Comic Relief) | 18th March 2011
When James Corden brought the character Smithy, from Gavin & Stacey, back for a Comic Relief sketch in 2011, little did he know that a scene with George Michael would go on to inspire Carpool Karaoke, a highly popular segment from The Late Late Show where musicians sing along to their hits as they accompany James in the car.
In the original sketch, whilst in the car with George, Smithy receives a call from Lenny Henry who wants James to help him record a charity single.
Naturally, George asks Smithy if he can be a part of the single to which Smithy says no, calling him “an embarrassment”.
What follows is the Carpool Karaoke model which me now know and love. Smithy switches on the car stereo and together George and Smithy belt out Wham!’s I’m Your Man.
RIP George Michael (1963-2016)