Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan the comedian who influenced Monty Python

Spike Milligan was born Terence Alan Milligan in India. His father was an Irish officer in the British Indian Army. Due to a change in the regulations governing residence permits for people born in Commonwealth countries and the rejection of his application for British citizenship, he was declared “stateless” in 1960 and obtained Irish citizenship in 1962 through his paternal descent.

During the 1930s he performed primarily as a jazz trumpeter, but occasionally also as a comedian.
In early 1948, Milligan moved to the Central Pool of Artists and began writing parodies that later became the main feature of the Goon Show. Milligan was both lead writer and lead actor on the hit Goon Show between 1951 and 1960. He is widely regarded as the father of modern British comedy, who influenced many other comedians – including Monty Python.

In a survey by the British Broadcasting Corporation in August 1999, Milligan was named “Funniest Person in 1000 Years”. He was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the British Crown in 1992 and Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2000.