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yule17-stickytix-sqOur British Comedy Yulefest Dinner and Show is just around the corner… it opens this Saturday 1st July at the Metropole Katoomba, and runs throughout the month.

This is our 6th Yulefest season, for some reason they keep on asking us back!

Opening night on the 1st has only a handful of tickets left – and there aren’t many more available for rest of the dates – so if you are part of a British Comedy fan-club, best grab the rest of the mob and book those tickets.

As a very special treat for Yulefest Blue Mountains 2017, Goon Show fans are to be entertained by the episode ‘Christmas Crackers‘ which was written by Spike Milligan for inclusion in BBC Radio’s Christmas Day broadcast of 1953.

The casts of several then current comedy series performed short sketches on the subject of Christmas in general and Christmas Crackers in particular.

This sketch performed by the Goons was recorded at the same time as The Giant Bombardon (series 4, ep. 13), on Sunday 20 December of that year.

As far as it can be ascertained, this Goons sketch was never rebroadcast and are no known recordings of it.

The original script still exists, and is part of the Sir. Elton John Collection. Elton John bought the original scripts at auction in 1981 for £14,000. With Sir Elton’s permission, The Goon Show Preservation Society was able to scan this important Goons document.

Read the Yulefest 2017 programme. – Book Tickets

Larry Stephens portraitJulie Warren, a great friend of the Goon Show Preservation Society, has signed with the crowdfunding publisher, Unbound, for her biography of Goon Show writer, Larry Stephens.

Larry was instrumental in the creation and success of the Goon Show but his early death at the age of 35 meant he ended up being a footnote in books about the gregarious characters who surrounded him.

To find out more and to pledge your support for Julie’s book, ‘Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons’, go to the publisher’s website.

You’ll find a wonderful video by clicking the picture at the top of the page, as well as a synopsis and an extract.

And don’t forget to spread the word, folks!

Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons: The Life and Legacy of Larry Stephens

PLEASE NOTE; today’s show (Friday 27th January) has been moved to another venue due to risk of rain. We will be playing at Hotel Blue, located at 88 Lurline Street, Katoomba, on the corner of Merriwa Street – only a few hundred metres from the GingerBread House. We will be upstairs in the Attic.