Spike Milligan, the primary writer of the BBC comedy The Goon Show – in which he also performed, – was born this day, 16th April, 100 years ago in 1918.
For those of you who have a special love of British comedy, Spike was one of the geniuses who effectively wrote the rule-book for western comedy. Without him, Ponty Python, The Goodies, Are You Being Served, ‘Allo ‘ Allo, Dad’s Army, Steptoe and Son and so many other classic comedies might have been quite different indeed. John Cleese is on record as saying that Monty Python might never even have existed if it wasn’t for The Goon Show.
Certainly without Spike’s Goons, my show The Goon Show LIVE! – an homage to the originals – would not have happened.
In 1994, spike was awarded a lifetime achievement comedy award… and his acceptance speech was oh so typical of this great man. See the video of that historical moment on the official Goon Show LIVE! web-site.
Thank you Spike.