The classic BBC comedy radio show from the 50s and 60s.
Ahhh, the halcyon days before the advent of Political Correctness and alternative humour. The days when if it was funny then the joke was performed. The class system that really counted, ie those who got it and those who didn't!
The Goon Show was the first real "Alternative Humour". It was truly different from the normal Music Hall type comedy that was recycled for British radio. It didn't pander to the naiveté that inflicted the funny bones of post war Britain. This was cerebral humour in it's truest sense. After all, the imagery of the crazy situations had to be present in the listener's mind before the humour struck home.
The Goon Show was a revelation to all the latent eccentrics who populated the UK. Goon Show humour bridged political persuasion, the British class system. Academics, white-collar workers, blue-collar workers and even those just wearing vests all shared in the crazy, zany antics of Bluebottle, Eccles and Neddie et al.
I have been a fan of the Goon Shows for as long as I can remember. Certainly since the mid 60's when my father used to play recordings of them to myself and my brother.
These pages are my tribute to Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Wallace Greenslade and all the other individuals who contributed to the making of the series.