Funny: The Goon Show

  • It's damn difficult to pick a single moment out of The Goon Show's surreality - the series was consistently funny, but "What time is it Eccles?" would be up there.
  • With this one right behind:
    Bluebottle: Oh, a cocktail. Good health. [Gulps]
    (FX: Huge rumbling explosion - the kind where you hear bricks & bits of timber falling in the distance)
    Bluebottle: You rotten swine! You have nearly deaded me - look, my kneecaps have dropped four inches. Who made that cocktail?
    Gravely Headstone: Molotov.
  • I has taken a look at da quotes here an I tink I likes dem.
  • Meta-example: Spike Milligan at the 1994 British Comedy Awards, at the age of seventy-six, after being given his lifetime achievement award ("It's about fucking time.").
    Jonathan Ross: I have a letter to read out to you from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
    Spike Milligan: Do I kneel down for this?
    Jonathan Ross: "As someone who grew up to the sounds of The Goon Show on the steam-driven wireless, I must confess that I've been a lifelong fan of the participants in the show and particularly of Spike Milligan..."
    Spike Milligan: Oh, the little grovelling bastard.note 
  • In "The String Robberies", we are primed to expect an appearance by Eccles:
    [Knocking at a door]
    Bloodnok: Who is that there, who is it? Only a lunatic would be out in such a storm!
    • — but instead of just one Eccles, we get a whole chorus of them, all singing "Good King Wenceslas" with great feeling.
    Bloodnok: You fools! Christmas has gone!
    Eccles: Really? Where did it go?
    Bloodnok: No! I mean it's finished! Over!
    Eccles: Oh um...
    (sound of group murmering and muttering to themselves)
    Eccles: Penny for the guy?
  • For a while, there was a great Running Gag in which Eccles made his first appearance in each episode singing a Paint Your Wagon song with... unusual lyrics:
  • "The Siege of Fort Night":
    Eccles: Will I have to walk all the way?
    Seagoon: Of course not! Part of the way, you'll be allowed to run!
  • "What's My Line": After Seagoon has performed a song that is rendered as a repeated thudding sound:
    Grytpype: The lad has the gift of melody! ...Tell me, what was it?
    (Beat)
    Thud, Thud, Thud...
  • In a classic Overly Long Gag, Crun asks Neddie for his name and address. Neddie tells him. Crun asks him how it's spelled. Neddie spells the entire name out, with Crun asking him to repeat bits of it so he can get it right, and slowly repeating each letter after Neddie says it; finally, after a few minutes of this, Crun is almost finished repeating Neddie's entire address back to him, and the listener is driven almost insane with impatience, upon which Crun mutters "Oh, it's no good, I'd better get a pencil and paper and write all this down."