Welsh comedian and singer Harry Secombe as “Mr. Bumble” in the 1968 film version of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!
Welsh comedian and singer Harry Secombe as Mr. Bumble in the 1968 film version of Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!”
by Johnny Foreigner
Here are The Goon Show’s Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, and Spike Milligan performing “The Ying Tong Song.” You will either forever love me or hate me for delivering you this precious British earworm.
The Goon Show was an extremely influential British radio comedy program, broadcast by the BBC throughout of the 1950s. John Lennon once said, “I could go on all day about the Goons and their influence on a generation” – high praise from a jealous guy.
Wrote NY Times in 1972 : “Goon comedy was in equal parts the harmless violence of Warner Brothers cartoons, the wordplay of James Joyce and the lowbrow japes of the English music hall.”
Monty Python’s Terry Jones has called The Goon’s Spike Milligan ”the father of Monty Python.” John Cleese called him the ”great god of us all.”
On 28 May 1951, the classic radio comedy The Goon Show – with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan – had its debut on the BBC