Tropedia

  • Before making a single edit, Tropedia EXPECTS our site policy and manual of style to be followed. Failure to do so may result in deletion of contributions and blocks of users who refuse to learn to do so. Our policies can be reviewed here.
  • All images MUST now have proper attribution, those who neglect to assign at least the "fair use" licensing to an image may have it deleted. All new pages should use the preloadable templates feature on the edit page to add the appropriate basic page markup. Pages that don't do this will be subject to deletion, with or without explanation.
  • All new trope pages will be made with the "Trope Workshop" found on the "Troper Tools" menu and worked on until they have at least three examples. The Trope workshop specific templates can then be removed and it will be regarded as a regular trope page after being moved to the Main namespace. THIS SHOULD BE WORKING NOW, REPORT ANY ISSUES TO Janna2000, SelfCloak or RRabbit42. DON'T MAKE PAGES MANUALLY UNLESS A TEMPLATE IS BROKEN, AND REPORT IT THAT IS THE CASE. PAGES WILL BE DELETED OTHERWISE IF THEY ARE MISSING BASIC MARKUP.

READ MORE

Tropedia
Advertisement
Tropedia
157,238
pages
  • Farm-Fresh balance.pngYMMV
  • WikEd fancyquotes.pngQuotes
  • (Emoticon happy.pngFunny
  • Heart.pngHeartwarming
  • Silk award star gold 3.pngAwesome)
  • Script edit.pngFanfic Recs
  • Magnifier.pngAnalysis
  • Help.pngTrivia
  • WMG
  • Photo link.pngImage Links
  • Haiku-wide-icon.pngHaiku
  • Laconic

The Spike Milligan memorial bench in the garden of Stephen's House in Finchley. Photo by Gareth E. Kegg.

Terry "Spike" Milligan was an Indian-born comic writer and poet who lived most of his life in either Britain or Australia, but identified as Irish. He was conscripted into the British Army during World War II and served with the Royal Artillery in North Africa and Italy, eventually recording his experiences as seven volumes of war diaries generally known by the title of the first volume, Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall. Although During the War his main fame was as a jazz musician, after returning to Britain he broke into radio as a writer and broadcaster. Together with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine, he created one of the most influential British comedies of all time, The Goon Show.

His television work is less well known, though he also created the 'Q' Show, a Duelling Show with Monty Python's Flying Circus (ironically, the Pythons were inspired by Milligan's own writing on the Goons). A few years later he contributed to The Two Ronnies as a writer (and occasionally appearing in the sketches as a cameo). He also wrote several comic novels and plays. Besides the Goons he is best known for his poetry, which generally took the form of Absurdity Ascendant nonsense verse.

Milligan suffered from bipolar disorder, as well as being driven to manic depression by some of his traumatic experiences During the War. He was voted 'Funniest Person of the Millennium' by BBC viewers in 1999. He died in 2002, having wanted the inscription "I told you I was ill" on his gravestone - in the end it was allowed, but only in Irish Gaelic.


Works written by Spike Milligan include:
Spike Milligan provides examples of the following tropes:
Advertisement