» Thoughts from John ...
29 March 2005
The team producing The Goodies tour to Australia all thought it was the best thing ever. Bill Tim and Graeme really were the nicest guys. The show was fantastic and we all just want to have them back next week!
About 25,000 people were able to get tickets to the shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane and we think there were probably another 25,000 who missed out because it was such a short tour (we did 13 shows).
We started out thinking it might be four or five shows but the tickets just flew out the door and we added as many shows as we could fit in. Tim Graeme and Bill were tireless and continued to evolve the show at every performances. The world premier of The Goodies Still Alive onstage was a great success!
I think the most exciting thing was that the show was so well put together. I have had hundred of emails from people who, like me, just wanted to be in the same room with The Goodies, saying how wonderful the show was and I really do agree. Personally I loved the 'early days' stuff. I wrote in the program that Cambridge Circus was the first live comedy show I ever saw in 1964 in New Zealand where I grew up. Anyone who saw the show may remember they mentioned a little town called Timaru...my home town..I like to think it was a little joke specially for me but I think the hotel in Timaru was probably even worse than they said!
We wanted people to really get a sense of the importance of The Goodies in comedy history and it was great to see so many performers involved with The Big Laugh Comedy Festival talking about favourite episodes and the influence The Goodies have had on their comedy. The Umbilical Brothers, who had their own sold out show at the festival, saw several of the Goodies shows, and ten minutes before the last minute second Sunday show in Sydney, Shane called desperate for one more ticket. Unfortunately they were all gone...every single one!
One last story...We all went out sailing on Sydney Harbour on one of the few days off during the tour. Deck Hand Tim had a bit of a close shave in a brisk wind as we jibed somewhere off Taronga Park. A rope whipped around his arm and dragged him off the fore-deck. Luckily he grabbed the hand rail and we didn't lose him over board. Melbourne actually saw all three Goodies the next night! (I hope he doesn't mind me telling this story).
Last but certainly not least...Goodies fans are the best! We met so many terrific people during the tour and the crowds outside the stage doors were brilliant.We had to drop the signings in the foyers because of the huge crowds but the smart people jammed the stage door after every show. A round of applause greeted The Goodies as they came out to get in the car...it took an hour to move about three metres...and everyone got pictures and autographs. After the first night at The State in Sydney when the guys eventually got in the car the crowd made a guard of honour and applauded as The Goodies took off for the hotel! Someone even did a traffic cop impersonation and stopped the traffic for them!
Saying good bye with all the team at the airport was sad. There were even a few small tears just held back.
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