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Birmingham Comedy Festival presents The Goon Show

About the Scripts:

THE HOUSE OF TEETH: It’s a dark stormy night and the intrepid Lord Seagoon, on a sight-seeing trip in his horse-drawn motor car, finds himself at the door of a mysterious castle. Inside a trail of hideous screams and toothless men in brown paper nightshirts lead him to the notorious Café Filthmuck, where the dark secret of The House Of Teeth, and the ghoulish Dr Londongle, is finally revealed ...
[The Goon Show: number 145; series 6, episode 20; first broadcast on 31 January 1956]

THE JET-PROPELLED GUIDED NAAFI: A case of gross Government misspending is uncovered by strolling Prime Minister of no fixed address Seagoon. Further investigation reveals details of a seemingly impossible top secret weapon with a fiendish payload - sixty thousand gallons of tea and twelve tons of buttered crumpets – the plans for which cannot fall into enemy hands. Or can they?
[The Goon Show: number 144; series 6, episode 19; first broadcast on 24 January 1956]

Written by Spike Milligan.


About The Goons:

Giants of post-war British comedy, The Goons redefined the comedy landscape with their ground-breaking radio series, which ran from 1951 to 1961.

Filled with surreal humour and inventive sound effects, unconnected tales featured a cast of recurring characters in ridiculous situations, including Neddie Seagoon, Eccles, Minnie Bannister, Count Jim Moriarty, Major Bloodnok, Hercules Grytpype-Thynne, Bluebottle, and Henry Crun.

Having entertained the troops during World War II, rising young stars Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe were signed up by the BBC Home Service after they heard a tape of them performing in a London pub with Michael Bentine.

The first series was broadcast as The Crazy People, with the second retitled The Goon Show.

Milligan was the primary writer for the series, which ran for over 230 episodes, though he also collaborated with other writers, notably Eric Sykes and Larry Stephens.

By the end of their decade long run, all three Goons were major stars: Sellers found international fame as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther films and was nominated for an Oscar for 1979’s Being There; Secombe’s screen credits include the multi-Oscar winning musical Oliver!, and TV’s Songs Of Praise and Highway; writer, actor and cartoonist Milligan created the Q series for TV and penned a string of acclaimed autobiographies, including Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall.

As The Goons their many fans included The Beatles and Prince Charles.

For more information on The Goon Show see: The Goon Show Preservation Society (GSPS).

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