Spike Milligan....My Hero..

As a youngster, I was blissfully ignorant of the existence of Spike Milligan and the Goon Squad...after all, "British Humor" was not something that was found readily at the local backwoods library....nor did my Mother and Father have a huge collection of Monty Python records which they dragged out every other Friday night...so...I cut my teeth on "American Humor"...The Gong Show still rings in my mind as the absolute pinnacle of American Civilization...Mr. Barris, you rule....

...but...then I arrived in Scotland....Python, of course, was everyone's obsession...Blackadder, however, was my personal favorite....something about Baldrick and his "cunning plans"...but I can't quite pin it down....

Anyway, there were lots of crazy British shows that I came to love...Father Ted was incredible....Tommy Cooper..who I am SURE that Fozzy Bear was impersonating....Jeeves and Wooster was a perfect combination of wit and aristocracy..which is quite uncommon in Britain....and then, Spike Milligan....who wrote one of my very favorite poems...I have absolutely no idea what it means...but, I love it all the same....

On the Ning Nang Nong, by Spike Milligan...

On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
and the monkeys all say BOO!
There's a Nong Nang Ning
Where the trees go Ping!
And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.
On the Nong Ning Nang
All the mice go Clang
And you just can't catch 'em when they do!
So its Ning Nang Nong
Cows go Bong!
Nong Nang Ning
Trees go ping
Nong Ning Nang
The mice go Clang
What a noisy place to belong
is the Ning Nang Ning Nang Nong!!

Heh..have a nice night, kiddies....

by Eric on December 29, 2003 | Comments(6) | Psycho Rants

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Go back earlier!

-Pinky and Perky
-The Goodies
-The Goons
-Bill and Ben
-The Clangers
-Rud Hull and Emu
-Rolf Harris

posted by: Frac on December 30, 2003 12:37 AM

Black Adder, fer sure. My bro just gave me the entire first season for Christmas.
If you can handle your feminine side (which, knowing you, I'm sure you can) try Keeping Up Appearances, Yes, Minister, and, of course, Are You Being Served.

Fawlty Towers is the baseline, of course.

posted by: Velociman on December 30, 2003 01:43 AM

Just when I finally got all the Blackadder on tape, we got a DVD player and now I'm collecting them on dvd. As well as Father Ted, Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers...
Best Brit humor I cut my teeth on was the old movie "Bedazzled", with Dudley Moore and Peter Cooke.

posted by: LeeAnn on December 30, 2003 08:39 AM

I had TOTALLY forgotten about Red Dwarf...it was awesome..."it's cold outside, no kind of atmosphere..." ha!

posted by: Eric on December 30, 2003 12:16 PM

If you like Spike you really should read the books of his wartime experiences.
"Hitler, My part in his downfall" I think is the title of one of them, off the top of my head.

posted by: Cheekysquirrel on December 30, 2003 05:28 PM

Goons, eh? Ying tong iddle I poh!

posted by: Jim on March 9, 2004 09:28 PM