The Goon Show, Volu. 10: You Can't Get The Wood, You Know! Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 May 1997
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Four fantastic episodes of classic Goonery from the team that broke the comedy mould.
About the Author
Spike Milligan was perhaps best known as one of the Goons. He went on to become one of Britain's foremost comic writers and performers. His bestselling titles include Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Puckoon and Where have all the Bullets Gone? He died in 2002. Born in Oldham in 1923 Eric Sykes was first introduced to showbusiness whilst in the RAF and went on to write for hit BBC radio shows and appear in TV variety shows whilst writing for comedy greats such as Peter Sellers and Frankie Howerd. Although he is over eighty, Sykes continues to work, having recently starred in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Larry Stephens was a scriptwriter who wrote for several popular comedy shows in the 1950s, including The Tony Hancock Show and The Army Game. He is probably best known as co-writer of many Goon Show episodes, along with Spike Milligan. He died in 1959.
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No such problem here, volume 10 being available in CD format with two of the comedy troupes 1/2 hour shows per CD.
The White Box of Great Bardfield is the first episode and for the most part is a good enough example of what these guys were on about, a sort of anarchic style of silliness that given the talent of the performers and their inherent understanding of the material usually ends up landing on it's feet.
Tales of Montmartre is a somewhat anonymous episode, but the third episode on this volume really makes up for it by being a good example of how this style of broadcast comedy could work as a show with a plot yet a plot that could sometimes be bent almost out of recognition. Groovy... as they might of said in London several years AFTER this was first broadcast.
The Great Bank Robbery rounds out this collection and ultimately the idea of a botched robbery is fertile ground for the style of stream of consciousness comedy this group excelled at.
There are so many of these things available it's hard to recommend one beyond another but I'd have to say that volumes 8, 9 and 15 are pretty much my faves.
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