Collect 'Em All #14


Spike Milligan
No. 29 out of 48 in Merrysweets' Telegum TV Stars series
"Born Ahmadnager, India, 1918. Did various odd jobs before joining the army as a Bombadier. When demobbed Spike decided to write for a living and submitted two scripts to the B.B.C. One of the scripts scored a hit and in 1951 The Goon Show came into being. Since then he has written and appeared in I.T.V.'s 'A Show Called Fred' and 'Son of Fred.'"

3 comments:

Vanwall said...

One of the greatest comic influences ever. Sadly, hardly known in the States, even though his mark is felt here deeply, as well. This is a rather softer-side looking portrait, I must say, not revealing the depth of his devilish humor at all, unless the very fact of this photograph is a sly joke.
;-)

swac said...

Comedy as we know it would certainly be a much different art without Milligan's influence, and much of his writing is an absurdist delight.

Funny, I was listening to a bunch of Firesign Theatre on a recent road trip, and was amazed at how much Goon-ery was buried in their work that I hadn't really noticed before. ("He's no fun, he fell right over.")

Vanwall said...

I never saw the Goon Show before I was priveliged to see and hear Firesign Theater on stage, film and in recordings many times, and when I had more Goon Show viewings later on, I was amazed by the congruance of their comedy, too.

Fun with Firesign: One show I went to, some folk-rock act was opening for FT, and the entire first two rows were filled with Bozos, and Bozo-ettes - the lead singer was totally discombobulated - "I hope you've got the right show!" was his plaintive appeal to sanity; obviously not a Firesigner.

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