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Exploring the Lunacy of 'The Goon Show'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

It's summer, and for many that means travel. With that in mind, at various points throughout the season, I will be providing you, the [...]

A Look at Peter Sellers' Local Television Show Called Fred

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Hey, do you know The Goon Show? It was a radio show that aired on the BBC in the fifties that was written chiefly [...]

Comedian Spike Milligan Solves Ancient Hospital Gown Conundrum

Many have tried and failed to sort out the matter of too-long or -short dressing gowns. Great minds have disintegrated in the slippery confusion of this issue, grown men driven mad by the impossibility of covering everyone's knees without making them trip over excess fabric! Only an absolute genius could come up with the sole viable solution (it involves dwarves). Luckily, there was a genius comedian around in 1971 named Spike Milligan, and his correspondance on the issue has been uncovered here.