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In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2012 12:49:01 BDT
SEAGOON { Secombe } to guard on Army guard post
"I've come to relieve you"

Guard "You're too late mate". Hilarious stuff.

Posted on 3 May 2012 13:05:46 BDT
Porpoise says:
Recommend: At Home With The Snails, strange but funny sitcom sometimes repeated on 4extra.
David Sedaris - on 4 with repeats on 4extra.

Posted on 4 May 2012 16:34:05 BDT
Bleak Expectations, That Mitchell & Webb Sound, etc
Wonderful and work better on radio because I can listen on MP3 when working or in the car. They require imagination and they allow a gradual release of comprehension rather than the in-your-face visual punchline.
Topical comedy - The Now Show, The News Quiz - what podcasts were invented for!
And Clare in the Community - never make this a TV show please!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2012 17:05:59 BDT
R. A. Caton says:
Trouble is, when in the car, one has to make sure it's not too distracting. I was listening to Dick Barton and the Li Chang Affair(not intentional comedy) and found myself sitting at a green traffic light.
I don't do that now!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2012 20:23:07 BDT
It could be the radio except it was nowhere near as funny as Bleak Expectations

Posted on 19 May 2012 00:11:52 BDT
I. W. Davies says:
The Goons were as funny as a burning orphanage, and I know many will secretly agree with me. Nasty bastard, Spike Milligan. My top 3 are Hancock's Half Hour, People Like Us and Alan Partridge - much funnier than on TV. Plus I'm Sorry... but only with dear Humph.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2012 00:29:15 BDT
I for one loved the humour of MILLIGAN, SELLERS, SECOMBE and co - The Goons - and still love listening to their timeless funny stuff.

The chubby Sir Harry SECOMBE saw no insult in being labelled Sir Cumference and cracked up laughing in one episode when Eccles { MILLIGAN } said to him that they were sending up a camera on a satellite to photograph the other side of him.

The humour was certainly NOT nasty, personally insulting and vindictive, as is seen with so many so called 'comedians' these days. It was clever and many people don't 'get it' because it goes over their heads. Hence they label them unfunny.

Eccles "How do you open a door"?
Bluebottle "You turn the knob on your side".
Eccles "But I don't have a knob on my side". Delightful stuff.

Posted on 13 Jun 2012 18:09:39 BDT
Just a Minute could be considered a classic, but can never be as funny as in in the days of Freud, Peter Jones, Nimmo and the irreplaceable Kenneth Williams. The Dead Ringers sketch with Jon Culshaw as The (Tom Baker) Doctor phoning Tom Baker still makes me howl, TB apparently unphased by the unannounced call, & improvising brilliantly like the mad genius he is.
The original radio "Hitch-hiker's Guide" beats all TV & film versions, imagination surpasses any special effects, CGI or make-up
But although a little lackluster of late (in my opinion), the Now Show is the funniest thing currently on radio (after Lauren Laverne's ever-changing accent)

Posted on 13 Jun 2012 18:19:08 BDT
Milligan was certainly not "nasty", his philanthropic nature and social concern are well documented, but small parts of his work can be seen as racist by current generations. Remember he was born in India, and was Irish by nationality. This was also a time when "racist" jokes and attitudes were the norm. Irish jokes were not racist in his eyes, nor the "Pakistani Dalek" sketch he wrote.

Posted on 13 Jun 2012 19:09:21 BDT
R. A. Caton says:
The parodies that used to be aired: The Wordsmiths of Gorsemere, Tales of the Mausoleum Club....
they were good.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 01:24:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2012 01:25:25 BDT
ric_mac says:
Milligan could be personally very selfish -- even cruel -- as friends have testified (including his doting manager Norma Farnes). So could Sellers and I believe an acquaintance of theirs once remarked that while they could both be so, at least Milligan had a heart. I think he meant that Spike was at least likely to feel some remorse for any unkindness, whereas Sellers was unlikely to do so.

Posted on 15 Jun 2012 01:43:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2012 13:20:16 BDT
ric_mac says:
Radio 4 has been the nursery for many comedies that were later successful on television, sometimes for the BBC and sometimes for the independent channels. It can all be a bit hit-and-miss but that's okay because sometimes a series needs time to grow into itself. The American model of requiring an instant hit can be quite damaging to creativity. Having said that, I still fail to understand why some shows are commissioned in the first place!

Mark Steel's in Town, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, The Unbelievable Truth, Old Harry's Game, Ed Reardon's Week, Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off (even though I don't really like Marcus Brigstocke) and Clare in the Community are all pretty good (and I have to own up to liking the guilty pleasure of Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show, too).

Posted on 15 Jun 2012 02:29:30 BDT
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The Mary Whitehouse Experience!!!!....

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 16:37:25 BDT
Spike had mental health issues, which today might be described as "bi-polar disorder". Stephen Fry was similarly mis-understood earlier in his career, as he suffers from the same disorder.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 17:19:56 BDT
ric_mac says:
Yes indeed Spike did suffer. It must have been horribly distressing for him and for his nearest and dearest. He is undoubtedly deserving of every human sympathy and I wouldn't say otherwise. But it has still been noted that he could be cruel and selfish and that is certainly not inconsistent with bi-polar disorder. His poor mental health is obvious mitigation for any misbehaviour but it must have been hard on the receiving end of it, none-the-less.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2012 09:58:46 BDT
Nugent_Dirt says:
Agreed. Didnt think it translated well to TV though. Instead of being a radio jack they had Gary Bellamy as a kind of roving reporte,r sort of a Roger Cook figure. Sometimes they should leave radio shows alone. Hancock's one of the very few that made a succesful cross over to TV.

Posted on 21 Jun 2012 10:44:42 BDT
Master Card says:
I caught 'Cabin Pressure' on Radio 4 last week - that looks like it could become a half decent sit-com. Also I would like to catch up with another which I believe was called 'The Castle', shame that the BBC dont make these available via I-Player or even on reasonably priced CD collections.

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 11:49:11 BDT
joe kaputnik says:
i'm only a swiss guy, but i think that hancock's half hour is timeless. i can listen to the whole available set of them all two months. a big time classic!

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 17:54:56 BDT
Eric Sykes wrote so many classic shows mentioned here. R.I.P Eric, and thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2012 17:58:54 BDT
ric_mac says:
ES was brilliant. He was rightly respected by his peers, successful and popular but I somehow felt he never truly received all the recognition he deserved. He could do a good straight turn too: very good in The Others.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2012 23:12:08 BDT
I never tire of watching 'The Plank' and 'Rhubarb', where he played Golf against Bob TODD was also very funny, especially where the Vicar got God on his side when Eric started cheating.

Oh well, another true great of comedy has gone. I agree, R.I.P. Eric and all those very funny and clever comics of your vintage.

Posted on 6 Jul 2012 18:13:24 BDT
Wot - nobody mentioned HR or Cabin Pressure yet?

Posted on 24 Jul 2012 09:32:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2012 09:35:07 BDT
Richard B says:
Beachcomber , by the way
Lenin of the Rovers ( Alexie Sayle , Andrew Mclean , Kenneth Wolstenholme , Donald Hewlit , Phil cornwell )
Tales from the Mausoleum Club
Unnatural Acts ( Jeremy Hardy , Paul B.Davies , err , Caroline Leddy and Kit Holerbach - from memory )
The Crusader Chronicles ( 1993ish , I think )
Ukridge ( Griff Rhys Jones )
Radioactive - yes , I know , a bit hit-and-miss but often quite good
Delve Special - usually superb
Week Ending from about 1984 to 1988
The million Pound Radio Show
The Nick Revell show (1992ish)

Posted on 24 Jul 2012 09:57:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2012 09:58:08 BDT
Richard B says:
Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation - a bit preachy , as you might expect , but very funny
Mark Steel's In Town
On the Blog and so on ........

I suspect this will raise a few hackles but I've never understood what was so special about Hancock's Half Hour - I listened to The Blood Donor after hearing how good it was from several people but was rather non-plussed by it ; perhaps it had been over-hyped but it seemed that the audience were going into hysterics over Hancock's every minor utterance and I still remember thinking , " What IS so funny ? " . Still , each to their own ! PS really liked the Goons , dated as they may be

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2012 11:44:21 BDT
Nugent_Dirt says:
I like HHH but the Blood Donor is far from being the best episode. Same old story about hyped up reps. Cant abide Hardy but despite being another lefty Mark Steel doesnt bug me and his In Town series was often very funny.
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