Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Goon Show: Free Audio

Via Metafilter, The Goon Show:

Spike Milligan's revolutionary radio show ran on the BBC from 1951 to 1960: a unique combination of memorable characters and daft plots, surreality and twisted logic, establishment bashing, satire and parody, music hall gags, catchphrases and random silliness. It broke new ground in its use / abuse of sound effects - both as pure audio gags and in helping to make physically impossible situations instantly believable. Milligan wrote most of the scripts, helped at various times by Larry Stevens, Eric Sykes, Maurice Wiltshire and John Antrobus.

Each show centres around a core of characters, although the exact details of each character vary according to the episode's plot. Most of the characters were played by Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe...

Listen here.