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We are saddened to have to announce that a long-serving member of the RIG Board, Gethin Wyn Thomas, was found dead in his home at the weekend.  

Gethin Thomas

BBC Radio Cymru has posted an appreciation of Gethin on its website here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw/40938564.  For those not fluent in Welsh, it translates as follows:

"At 49 the comedian and television and radio producer Gethin Thomas has died.

Born in Bridgend, he was one of a number of leading comedians who started developing stand-up comedy in Welsh during the 1990's, and was a familiar name at comedy evenings throughout Wales.

He started his comedy career in 1991 by holding evenings in Cardiff, and was responsible for writing comedy scripts for radio and television.

Gary Slaymaker was a friend of his. He told BBC Wales: "His influence is great on Welsh comedy. I first met him in the old Dempseys in Cardiff when he said he was beginning to hold Welsh comedy nights.
We went out on our first trip as a crew at the beginning of the 90's in a place – a bit like Welsh comedy Musketeers. Geth’s crusade was to create a new form of Welsh comedy. At that time comedy was old-fashioned and stand-up was breaking through in America and England.  We went on two tours and as a result we got our first series on S4C, 'Make it stand up.' Although we all went to different directions in the end, Geth’s was the voice that kept the stand-up going, and since then we've seen a new wave of comedians breaking through.  We have a debt to pay Geth for his perseverance ... he was one of the best comedy editors I've seen - he understood better than anyone the climate and structure of a joke. He was able to give a better joke structure than the one I already had. "

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