If you had a radio in England* and wanted to laugh in the 1950s, you would turn on The Goon Show, an inspired bit of comedy heaven created by Spike Milligan. The show began on May 28, 1951 under the uninspired title Crazy People but was soon re-titled as The Goon Show after a character (Alice the Goon) from the Thimble Theater/Popeye comic strips.
The Goons, precursors to That Was the Week That Was, Monty Python, and Benny Hill, were Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Peter Sellers.
Enjoy this episode from 1955.
* Or in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, India, or Canada -- but likely to be edited to remove controversial content.