Tony Goodson posted this interesting story recently about how much bigger The Goodies were in the 70s than Monty Python but how the Pythons have really stood the test of time much better. You watch any Flying Circus today and it is still as subversive as it was 40 years ago. That’s really saying something. Compare it to the other British comedy of the time… The Two Ronnies? Morcambe and Wise? Dad’s Army? Are You Being Served?

HOWEVER… The Goodies have one credit to their name that I don’t think the Pythons have – they killed someone. Seriously.

This is from Wikipedia’s list of “Unusual Deaths”:

On 24 March 1975 Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer from King’s Lynn literally died laughing whilst watching an episode of The Goodies. According to his wife, who was a witness, Mitchell was unable to stop laughing whilst watching a sketch in the episode “Kung Fu Kapers” in which Tim Brooke-Taylor, dressed as a kilted Scotsman, used a set of bagpipes to defend himself from a psychopathic black pudding in a demonstration of the Scottish martial art of “Hoots-Toot-ochaye.” After twenty-five minutes of continuous laughter Mitchell finally slumped on the sofa and expired from heart failure.

Can you say… ECKY-THUMP?!