History Radio / TheGoonShow

18th Sep '17 3:38:44 PM TargetOnMyBack
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* TheOphelia: CampGay character Flowerdew (Sellers) takes this role in "The Canal". His lines include "This is madness, do you hear me? Madness!" and "I'm a daisy, father's a plum, that's why we stoned him. I hear music and there's only Max Geldray there." The canal gives the water aspect to the Ophelia trope.
11th Sep '17 9:12:12 PM LeeM
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The scripts were mostly written by Spike Milligan, with various persons [[note]]such as Bentine, in the beginning, and later Creator/EricSykes and Dick Emery[[/note]] helping him. A few episodes were written by these helpers while [[SanitySlippage Milligan]] was [[CreatorBreakdown unavailable]]. Considerable ad-libbing occurred, much ad-libbing was carefully scripted, and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades were regularly hung]].

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The scripts were mostly written by Spike Milligan, with various persons [[note]]such as Bentine, in the beginning, and later Creator/EricSykes (Milligan and Dick Emery[[/note]] Sykes were co-credited on several episodes, though like [[Music/TheBeatles Lennon and McCartney]] they actually alternated). Other co-writers included Larry Stephens, Maurice Wiltshire, and John Antrobus with whom Milligan later wrote the play The Bed-Sitting Room[[/note]] helping him. A few episodes were written by these helpers while [[SanitySlippage Milligan]] was [[CreatorBreakdown unavailable]]. Considerable ad-libbing occurred, much ad-libbing was carefully scripted, and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades were regularly hung]].
6th Sep '17 9:50:16 PM PaulA
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* DeterioratesIntoGibberish: Frequently used. For example, in "The Call of the West":
-->'''Greenslade:''' It is 1867 and dead on time. The harbour of Boston is a hive of inactivity, as English immigrants bring their shattered bank accounts to the New World. Alongside is the Good Ship Venus: The pling plang toof, nobitty nibbitty noo, pleta omnivorous plethora, pletty plom plom tartity to to tooee, fit plor tong tang tit putt putt...
26th Aug '17 1:45:09 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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* MesACrowd: Eccles did this at least twice:
** "The Great String Robberies", a chorus of Eccles answer the door singing "Good King Wenceslas", leading to a joke about the ChristmasCreep.
** "Rommel's Treasure", while obeying a suicidal order, he seems to GoMadFromTheIsolation, signified by him TalkingToThemself until...
-->'''Neddie''': Repeat after me, there is only one Eccles.\\
'''Eccles''': There is only one Eccles.\\
'''Eccles 2''' (distant): What about me over here?!
8th Aug '17 10:14:06 AM CosmicFerret
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''The Goon Show'''s style of humour was an influence on many later British comedians, notably Creator/MontyPython and Series/TheGoodies, and even Music/TheBeatles' humorous side has roots in this show. (Music/JohnLennon specifically credited the Goons as an influence.) It's fair to say that if you like any subsequent British comedy at all, somewhere along the line you have ''The Goon Show'' to thank. Creator/TheFiresignTheater was also deeply influenced by the Goons. Of all things, ''Film/{{Shrek}}'' mentions "Bloodnock the Flatulent" as one of ogre gods.

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''The Goon Show'''s style of humour was an influence on many later British comedians, notably Creator/MontyPython and Series/TheGoodies, and even Music/TheBeatles' humorous side has roots in this show. (Music/JohnLennon specifically credited the Goons as an influence.) It's fair to say that if you like any subsequent British comedy at all, somewhere along the line you have ''The Goon Show'' to thank. Creator/TheFiresignTheater was also deeply influenced by the Goons. Of all things, ''Film/{{Shrek}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' mentions "Bloodnock the Flatulent" as one of ogre gods.
16th Jul '17 5:49:45 PM nombretomado
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* RuleOfFunny: This was the ''only'' rule the show observed. Everything -- logic, consistency, continuity, storytelling, characterisation and the fourth wall itself -- could be sacrificed in the name of a gag. WW2-era radio comedy shows such as ''It's That Man Again'' had been as loose with storytelling and continuity, but ''The Goon Show'' conveyed a kind of freewheeling insanity which held absolutely nothing sacred.

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* RuleOfFunny: This was the ''only'' rule the show observed. Everything -- logic, consistency, continuity, storytelling, characterisation and the fourth wall itself -- could be sacrificed in the name of a gag. WW2-era [=WW2=]-era radio comedy shows such as ''It's That Man Again'' had been as loose with storytelling and continuity, but ''The Goon Show'' conveyed a kind of freewheeling insanity which held absolutely nothing sacred.



* SpringtimeForHitler: In "The Man Who Won the War", Seagoon comes up with a set of increasingly ridiculous schemes to win WW2 in the hope that he will be declared mad and discharged from the army. The title of the episode should indicate how well this goes

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* SpringtimeForHitler: In "The Man Who Won the War", Seagoon comes up with a set of increasingly ridiculous schemes to win WW2 [=WW2=] in the hope that he will be declared mad and discharged from the army. The title of the episode should indicate how well this goes
19th Jun '17 11:27:39 PM AirofMystery
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** The show often lampshaded how chronically hard-up for cash the BBC was, starting one episode with: "This is the BBC." ''(sound of coin clanking in collection bucket)'' "Thank-you!"


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* FantasticDrug: A common RunningGag was "Would you care for a picture of Queen Victoria?" "No thanks, I'm trying to give them up!"
1st Jun '17 5:05:06 PM PaulA
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* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted in "King Solomon's Mines". Lord Seagoon, having lost all his money playing cards, takes the only honorable way out... the tradesman's entrance.
20th May '17 4:47:08 PM john_e
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* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: In "The Treasure of Loch Lomond", each section is introduced by the studio orchestra playing a few bars of simulated bagpipe music, including the pipes running down at the end.
13th Apr '17 4:28:24 PM john_e
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* ChineseLaunderer: Seagoon poses as one in "The Macreekie Rising of '74".
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