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John Fortune 'made me funny', says comedy partner Bird

John Bird has paid tribute to his close friend and comedy partner John Fortune, who has died aged 74.

Speaking on the Today programme, Mr Bird described Mr Fortune as "a very compassionate and cultured person", who was also "extremely funny".

He added: "He made me funny... as soon as he arrived everything flowed."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 1 January 2013.