Top positive review
2 people found this helpful
on 9 September 2010
Spike Milligan, often considered a bastion of British comedy, had such a broad range of talents that it's difficult to come up with an authoritative collection, but this 2 CD set from the always polished Beeb, does a pretty good job of showing his full range.
Often regarded as walking the fine line between comedy and insanity ( and indeed he was plagued in later life with psychological problems) Spike was a poet, artist, comedian, writer, playwright and actor, and in a career that included shaping what most consider the golden era of British comedy, he brought a dark, and often zany humour to the masses. Some of the material herein is funnier than others, the first disc in the set is mostly Spike reading poetry and clips from his work, and he sounds somewhat frail. The second disc is hilarious, although like all comedy it is of course subjective anyway, and won't be to everyones taste. Touching on his brilliant part in writing and starring in the Goon Show, up to the Q series and more, there is a real flavour for any fan, or newcomer to his material.
The episode of the Goon show on this set is almost a "lost" episode, recorded without the canned laughter of a studio audience, so it loses some of it's punch, but it's funny nonetheless.
In a career that spanned over 60 years, Spike never lost his dark humour, and was quoted as saying upon hearing the sad news of the death of friend and fellow Goon Harry Secombe "I'm glad he died before me, I didn't want him singing at my funeral"
So pop the kettle on, sit back in your favourite chair, and relive some classic comedy from someone who will be sadly missed.