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Last night’s opening dinner and show for Yulefest Blue Mountains was an excellent evening.

The ambiance, food, the show, the special guests, the audience… it all worked beautifully.

Here’s a short YouTube-clip of Ian, one of the audience-members who attended last night’s gig; listen to what he had to say about the proceedings.

The next show is on Saturday 8th July; be sure to grab your tickets.

Read more about our Yulefest Blue Mountains 2017 dinner and show.

The boys of The Goon Show LIVE!, in stockingsEccles, Neddy, Bluebottle and all the rest of the Goon Show Live! gang have finally found their scripts and are now preparing for a HUGE opening night tonight at the Metropole Katoomba.

Tonight marks the beginning of our 6th Yulefest Blue Mountains season. It’ll be a night of, Mulled Wine, a scrumptious Goon-type Winter Yulefest Dinner and the very best of British Comedy, all wrapped up in a pretty red ribbon.

Mr. Vent Thomas who was Spike Milligan's Stage Director during his Australian and NZ tours on 1984-85…and we have, for tonight’s show only, a very special guest – Mr. Vent Thomas, who toured with Spike as his Stage Director in 1984/5. One New Zealand and two Australian tours. They were his ‘Final Farewell Tour’ and ‘Second Final Farewell Tour’.

Vent will be doing a short interview / Q&A after the show, where he’ll relay some of his memories of trying the ‘manage’ Spike. Read more details here.

As we write and post this article, there are only 7 tickets left for tonight’s festivities… so Book Now and get in on the fun of The Goon Show LIVE! – a night of cult comedy and snappy one-liners which you’ll be quoting for all eternity.

a stack of The Goon Show LIVE! lads

The Famous Eccles and his sidekick the eternal schoolboy, Bluebottle, are slipping into their pajamas and snuggling down for a snooze ahead of tomorrow night’s opening show.

Little ‘Bottle, all warm in bed, dreaming of jellie-babies and sausages; while Eccles stretches the limitations of his intelligence pondering the big questions of life, such as… why can’t you get the wood – and, why does everyone tell poor Eccles to shut-up (oh, that’s me!)?

Tomorrow’s show has a handful of tickets left, so you’d better grab them now and catch the lads exercising their silly voices and radio-perfect faces to bring the show to you.

Read about the show | Book Tickets

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

Vent Thomas, stage director for Spike Milligan 1984/85
Vent Thomas, stage director for Spike Milligan 1984/85

Opening night for our night of British Comedy dinner and show for Yulefest Blue Mountains, is sooo close. It’s on this Saturday 1st July at the Metropole Katoomba.

As a special treat for those who book for the first night, we are thrilled to present Mr. Vent Thomas who toured with Spike Milligan as his Stage Director in 1984/5; one New Zealand and two Australian tours. They were Spike’s ‘Final Farewell Tour’ and ‘Second Final Farewell Tour’.

There are only 9 tickets left for that particular night, and bookings for the other July shows are very close behind… so get a group of British Comedy fans together and book those tickets.

After the show, Vent will take the stage to remember some of his experiences of travelling and working with Spike. Vent says, “There are a ton of stories from those tours. Touring with Spike was of course the land of never a dull moment.”

Some of Vent’s stories include;

  • The time that Spike went walkabout before opening night in Canberra; a show that the Prime Minister was attending
  • Spike’s intolerance of journalists
  • The challenges of finding suitable accommodation for Spike
  • Why Spike had to be locked-up in the dressing rooms at the Theatre in Alice Springs

After a live interview, there will be a short Q&A.

To whet your appetite, here’s an ABC recording of Spike in his element when he played the Octagon Theatre at the University of WA in 1984. (Apologies for the quality, but well worth the time)

Read about the Yulefest 2017 Dinner and Show… or Book Tickets Now

a-bucket-of-GoonsThis Saturday 1st July marks the first show of our Yulefest Blue Mountains dinner and show.

If you’re into British Comedy, then get a group together and get your tickets booked now. Opening night (Sat 1st July) only has 9 tickets left – and all the other dates are close behind.

This year marks our 6th, yes SIXTH Yulefest season – for some reason they keep on asking us to come back!

After the super WinterMagic Festival in Katoomba yesterday, the whole region is now pumped up for the biggest season on the Blue Mountains calendar – Yulefest, our very own Winter Christmas-in-July.

This year, as part of our show, we’re bringing back the Bucket of GOON.

What happens is that we ask an audience member to draw a mystery Goon Show episode out of a bucket for the boys to perform.

Once the lads get over the initial leg-trembles, they have only 5 minutes to scramble – sort out their scripts and load-up the sound effects.

We first gave this a whirl in 2015 at a season of shows we played in Sydney… it worked brilliantly, and the added adrenaline spiced up the show for cast and audience alike.

Tickets have been selling extremely well this year, so get in on the fun and book now. We’d love to see you there.

Read about the dinner / show here.

The boys of The Goon Show LIVE!, in stockingsLast night we played to a full house at the Metropole Hotel in Katoomba. What a hoot it was too!

It’s always gratifying to have such warm responses from our The Goon Show LIVE! audiences; one gentleman after the show told us he was able to close his eyes and be transported in back in time to when we was listening to the Goons as a boy, instead of doing his homework.

What a naughty boy – althjough, we’d probably have done the same thing!

Tickets for our Yulefest Blue Mountains show are selling well, so grab your tickets while they’re hot… or steaming anyway.

The Goon Show LIVE!, it’s the Best of British Comedy.