Prince Charles today launched into a scathing tirade in which he rubbished exponents of modern comedy as 'cruel and witless' - standing up for The Goons as paragons of comedy excellence.
Particular venom was reserved for stand-up comedians, who were branded as being bullying, heartless, cruel, and out for cheap nasty laughs.
God alone knows what he thinks of TheSpoof.com
Extensive research conducted by Skoob Entertainment News on Google for a few minutes, in between making a cup of coffee and changing channels on the TV revealed that one of the Goons - Prince Charles's comedy idols - Spike Milligan, once infamously referred to the prince as: "A grovelling little bastard."
Milligan also famously dropped his trousers on the 'This Is Your Life' TV show, and once featured a sketch in the Q series on BBC2 starring turban wearing daleks. He also wasn't averse to blacking up and speaking in an exaggerated Asian accent in pursuit of 'quality' laughs.
Don't get us wrong - here at SEN, we've always been Milligan fans, but we can't help but catch the faint whiff of hypocrisy in the description of Spike Milligan's comedic output as "wholesome family entertainment."
And we haven't even started in on Bentine, Sellers and Secombe yet...
The words 'pot' and 'kettle' spring unbidden to mind.
As does the phrase:
"Oh do shut up, you grovelling little bastard."
Which of course we here at SEN are far to dignified to ever utter...
More as we get it.