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22nd Apr 2018, 19:20
Watching BBC4 last night and they had a couple of programmes dedicated to Spike Milligan.
And this one had me rolling off the chair:
The man was priceless!

Ken Borough
23rd Apr 2018, 08:53
How would anyone like to be reading the news with Spike sitting alongside?


23rd Apr 2018, 10:29

his gravestone says it all

23rd Apr 2018, 10:39
As an interview with Spike on an Australian current affairs channel was coming to an end, the interviewer said - "Thanks Spike, for coming in. What note can we end on?" "A twenty dollar note. Send it to Spike Milligan at 393 Orange Grove Road, Woy Woy."

23rd Apr 2018, 11:20
I frequently use Spike's quote "Everybody's got to be somewhere" when people apologise for getting in my way - though not everyone knows who Spike is/was.

23rd Apr 2018, 13:26
Being a Pakistani Irishman denied British citizenship, Spike would have had some fun with the current Windrush Generation furore. :)

23rd Apr 2018, 14:48
I read his book "Adolf Hitler and my part in his downfall" and found it very entertaining.
Strangely, I was disappointed that I never really found his TV shows very funny. It seemed like he was often desperately trying to find material to fill a show, but not quite hitting the mark, rather than being embarrassing. Just like that other not very funny "comedian", Lenny Henry.

23rd Apr 2018, 15:03


23rd Apr 2018, 15:30
KelvinD. We should enter that for the Eurovision Song Contest itís far superior to recent entries:ok:

23rd Apr 2018, 16:50
That's not Spike's headstone.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Southern Counties | Milligan gets last laugh on grave (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/3742443.stm)

23rd Apr 2018, 23:27
He ruined a first date for me one night in Leeds. He was playing the Riley Smith hall at Leeds Uni. As security, and knowing there would be nothing to do I had chatted up a fresher and got her in to see the show. We were seated on the stage at extreme left and could only be seen by one member of the audience. About half was through the show Spike looked over at us and proclaimed to the audience "There is a fellow over there (pointing at us) with his hand up a girls fanny.
The girl got up and quickly walked away.

We did have a laugh about it after the show.

Loose rivets
24th Apr 2018, 00:17
I frequently use Spike's quote "Everybody's got to be somewhere" when people . . .

I think of that when I'm on crowded roads. All these poor people, all of them want to be somewhere else.

Son of Oblomov. Crouched over Joan Greenwood, he told a smutty joke - one I'd heard before, so laughed a moment earlier than the audience. He pointed at me and shouted, Get Out!!! My 1.5 seconds of fame.

24th Apr 2018, 01:34
My 1.5 seconds of fame.

Mine came when I found an envelope on which to write down the address he had given on TV so candidly. "Dear Spike" I wrote, "Your appeal for funds did not fall on deaf ears. Only this morning I passed an audiogram test. So if you'd be good enough to send me your moniker in the enclosed SAE, I will stick it gleefully in my copy of Puckoon."

Well, an 'answer came directed in a writing unexpected'. He had scribbled on a scrap of paper "STICK THIS IN YOUR PUCK * * * ".

There was a show when Parkinson came on and got several custard pies in the face. Spike had said "Leave the funnies to me Parky."

He was once billed as 'Spike Milligna, the well known typographical error.'

When the 'Polly Woodside' was being restored at Port Melbourne, he turned up one morning ready to put in few hours on a plank down the side armed with blow torch and scraper. He happened to share that plank with another eccentric: the late lamented John Hopton, aviation historian extraordinaire.

(Thinks . .. . how little we know, in audio/visual terms, of the fascinating characters who predated this age of recordings, in all their diverse forms. I'd like to get in the Tardis, come back to Earth on the Acropolis to eavesdrop on the peripatetic philosophers. Or witness some of the events in Saint Exupery's life of action and thought. At least through his writings it is possible to imagine, to some degree, going through the same trials and triumphs.)

Barry Humphries collects the signatures of the famous and the infamous. He has many notables in his collection. Once when he was being interviewed on the wireless, he was asked whose signature he would like to have above all others? He pondered a moment and said "Jesus Christ".

24th Apr 2018, 02:38
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

The funniest book title ever.. I laughed out loud before even opening the cover ;)

24th Apr 2018, 08:16
I read his book "Adolf Hitler and my part in his downfall" and found it very entertaining.

His other war diaries are very funny too - as is Puckoon.

24th Apr 2018, 08:35
I seem to remember Milligan being responsible for this piece of verse:
It was Christmas Day in the workhouse
The snow was falling fast
We don't want your Christmas pudding
You can stick it up your .. jumper.

24th Apr 2018, 09:03
Can't imagine this type of thing being shown in these politically correct times:


spInY nORmAn
24th Apr 2018, 19:29
This one even less so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0n88tZQc4Q