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He was about to refer to the highly esteemed GOON SHOW!
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM (Pacific)

I was reading some of The Goon Show on Wikipedia today... I had a vinyl record of it back in the day, and it struck me as funnier than Monty Python. :)

Even the description of how they met cracked me up:

[Spike] Milligan and Harry Secombe became friends while serving in the Royal Artillery during World War II. Famously, Milligan first encountered Secombe after Gunner Milligan's artillery unit accidentally allowed a large howitzer to roll off a cliff - under which Secombe was sitting in a small wireless truck: "Suddenly there was a terrible noise as some monstrous object fell from the sky quite close to us. There was considerable confusion, and in the middle of it all the flap of the truck was pushed open and a young, helmeted idiot asked 'Anybody see a gun?' It was Milligan." Secombe's answer to that question was "What colour was it?" Spike met Peter Sellers after the war at the Hackney Empire, where Secombe was performing, and the three became close friends.


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