- Tuesday 25th December 2012, 10:41am
- 19,072 posts
OK.....I'm going to reply to all three of you:-
It was probably one of the best sketch shows of all time
That is like when they do a survey of what is the best pop song ever. Invariably what was number one that year gets in the top 50 and then never to be heard of again.
That's OK I always the Goons were shit.
Can only think you have heard a snatch of it and based your opinion on that. Also there are a lot of jokes and satire in some of the shows that are 1950s based so you perhaps wouldn't understand what people are laughing at.
And their humour only appreciated by a country half starved by rationing.
Bit OTT! We weren't that bad off.
Yeah, I don't like The Goons either, but love Fist of Fun. Must be a generational thing.
Maybe. I cannot find anything funny in Tommy Handley and the ITMA show from the 1940s, BUT you have to remember that there were very, very strict restrictions on what could be made fun of in those days with the BBC's "Green Book", whereas now it seems anything goes. Having said that, Milligan and Sellars managed to get a lot of sexual innuendo into the shows that were missed by the censors and so made it funnier.
I mean the contemporaneous shows like round the horn were much funniet
It was funny but not funnier.
Funnily enough I heard Eric Idle on the radio the other day saying a similar thing.
Well, that's strange because he and the rest of the crew said that Python owed much to The Goons and Spike Milligan in particular.
And to conclude - mull these over.
I've nothing against the guy in the Fist of Fun clip as I thought he was excellent in the recent Harry and Paul series where he and Paul Whitehouse played two 1950s women trying to put each other down.
Even now, I understand, The Goon Show Appreciation Society have new young members enrolling so it cannot be all a generation thing and is STILL appealing to 21st century youth.
ALSO, the BBC are still releasing CDs of The Goon Shows as they come to light in their archives. They wouldn't do that if they didn't sell
Will Fist of Fun or Lee and Heering et al be remembered in 50 years time? Come on, be honest - NO!
When does something become non de rigueur?
There's a lot of "modern" comedy I like, and a lot I don't. For example, comedians of today who are not funny:-
John Bishop. Chris Addison, Russell Howard, Reginald D Hunter, that twat with the baseball cap like a modern Norman Wisdom (?) and some who are unmemorable.
Oh, and Happy Christmas!!