This Saturday 1st July is the opening night of our Yulefest Blue Mountains 2017 dinner and show. These shows mark our 6th appearance at this Winter Christmas festival.

This event will be on at the Metropole Katoomba, and with only as handful of tickets left, you’ll need to get that group of British Comedy friends together fast and book your tickets.

To find out why this show sells out, listen to our audience rave about the lads… here are a few clips of what people thought of some of our past shows;

Find out for yourself at our next show this July at The Metropole Katoomba.

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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.

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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)

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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.

Lads-in-StockingsToday was the final rehearsal for our July shows… and what a hoot!

We polished up the Christmas Crackers episode, which had us all sniggering hopelessly.

You’ve got to come to this one, Christmas Crackers has not been heard by anyone since it was first broadcast on Christmas Day in 1953.

This story is the is the first broadcast of the heroic expedition to bring back the International Christmas Pudding… and it’s the first appearance of the dreaded Red Bladder!

We’ll see you there…

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