Is that a Goon at my table?
By ADRIAN MILLER
PATRONS at the Yamba Bowling Club would have been forgiven for thinking they had seen a ghost yesterday, because sitting just to the right of the entry was Spike Milligan. Well, not quite.
With the Spike is Back: Pick Up a Pen Tour hitting the Yamba Bowling Club next week, the show's number one fan, a life size Spike Milligan dummy, was on hand to greet patrons and drum up an audience for the show.
Not that the show needs help to promote itself, after playing to sold-out shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as packed houses throughout the NSW North Coast since it premiered in February this year.
An out-and-out comic legend, Spike Milligan was once voted 'the funniest person of the millennium' in a BBC poll and was known to fellow comedians as the 'Godfather of alternative comedy'.
The show will bring back memories and shed new light on this extraordinary man by including radio broadcasts, a live show featuring Spike's daughter Laura and a showing of a new documentary about Spike's life.
Daughter, Laura Milligan, said the show would not pull any punches and would be a great insight into her father.
"He wrote 83 books and was a dedicated activist and prolific letter writer who took a stand on many, many issues that he considered important," she said.
"The film highlights this aspect of Spike's legacy and I will encourage audiences to get active with their pens again."
THE show will be held at the Yamba Bowling Club auditorium Thursday August 25.