Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister
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Henry Crun and [Spotty] Minnie Bannister are two characters from the 1950s United Kingdom radio comedy series The Goon Show. Crun and Min were performed by Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan respectively.
They are both elderly and often play significant roles in the story. "Modern Min" is a fan of modern, sinful dancing and music and her music drives Henry wild, whether playing Paganini on the soup spoon while stirring soup with a violin, flirting with George Chisholm's trombone or performing on the saxophone. Both characters sometimes form part of the band: in the episode "Scradge" Minnie plays the saxophone and Henry plays a carpet loom. In the episode "The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler" Henry introduces her as "Minnie Bannister, the world-famous poker player – give her a good poker and she'll play any tune you like."
Both Crun and Minnie would often welcome others with the word "Morrrrrning!", repeated again and again. Another of Crun's catchphrases was "You can't get the wood, you know ..." They have many ways of taking a long time to answer the door.
In a drawn-out gag in "The Affair of the Lone Banana" Henry Crun asks Neddie Seagoon's for many details, usually more than once, asking him to spell everything and even falling asleep before saying; "it's no good, I'll have to get a pencil and paper and write all this down."
In "The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler of Bexhill-on-Sea", they survive both German and British bombing after lighting a match to see a batter pudding that had been hurled at Minnie.
In the episode "The Macreekie Rising of '74", Sellers had to do the voice role of Minnie Bannister in Milligan's absence.
Jef Raskin once ran a technical-writing firm called Bannister & Crun, which produced manuals for computers and software which eventually became the Publications Department at Apple.