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Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan

Simply put, Spike Milligan is the biggest figure in British comedy since World War II.

Born in India to an Irish-born father, Spike's outsider status gave him a skewed outlook ideal for comedy.

Comic skills honed by performing sketches for fellow troops during WWII service, back in Britain Spike worked as a trumpeter and jobbing scriptwriter, his breakthrough coming with The Goon Show, the surreal comedy that dominated the airwaves for nine years.

He wrote most of the 250-odd episodes single-handed, a task which contributed to a series of nervous breakdowns.

Spike's next triumph was his Q programmes for TV, which invented a whole new comic language, abandoning punchlines and allowing sketches to morph seamlessly into each other.

He also wrote many books, including a series of much-loved army memoirs. 

Spike died in 2002.  A comic genius to the last, his gravestone read simply, "I told you I was ill".

Appearances by Spike Milligan
Start YearAliasProgramme BrandCountry

As an Actor

The Goon Show 1954
Till Death Us Do Part 1965

As a Performer

Q... 1969

As a Writer

The Goon Show 1954
The Frankie Howerd Show 1953
Q... 1969

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