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Any of the members of the cast of a British radio show of the 1950s and 1960s, the Goon Show, including Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Peter Sellers, noted for its zany and surrealist humour.

Goon is recorded from the mid 19th century meaning ‘a silly, foolish, or eccentric person’, perhaps from dialect gooney ‘booby’, influenced by the subhuman cartoon character ‘Alice the Goon’, created by E. C. Segar (1894–1938), American cartoonist. Allied prisoners-of-war in the Second World War referred to their German guards as ‘goons’.

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