Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54 Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 685 times:
Well, he was 83! We can't expect these people to live forever I suppose. I guess in about 20 years time we'll be saying the same things when the Python's go - Graham Chapman notwithstanding.
I have to say that all his brilliant work aside, the one thing Spike Milligan did which made me fall off my chair laughing was when he received a lifetime achievement award at the British comedy awards. For those that missed it, an already frail Milligan went up to receive it and was read a message from his biggest fan, Prince Charles. The message praised him to the hilt, and the presenter Jonathan Ross was halfway through when Spike piped up "Oh, the grovelling little bastard!"
Cue absolute anarchy, with the audience crying with laughter. As a comic moment, I think that summed him up. A true genius.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 674 times:
I loved his anarchic 'Q' series.
Zero budget, with the mad sketches frequently interrupted by Spike and his co-actors, notably Bob Todd, breaking into fits of laughter.
In the 1980's he was a guest on 'Wogan', an early evening talk show, talking about his books recalling his wartime service, Terry Wogan asked what his job in the army was, meaning what regiment etc, Spike just deapanned 'killing the enemy'.
He got more outrageous as he got older, wonderful!
For me, in their different ways, Spike and Peter Sellars were the truly funny 'Goons'.
Silverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 643 times:
Met the man once at a goon show society meet in Westminster, Got him to sign the order paper of that days business in the house. Lovable chap, BBC had better rerun the Q series on cable rather than some of this other so called comedy
I just wonder what the four of them are doing now?
(i include the other genuis Mike Bentine in that)
Oh bring back its a square world
And just to close, on the radio tonight there was this snippet
A man answer the door to two vicars in balaclavas.
Who are you? he says
We are Jehovahs Burglars they reply
Canyou give us sanctuary from the police
They are chasing us because of our beliefs
What are they?
We believe you have a lot of money in your house!!