Monday, March 05, 2007

Sir Terrance Allan 'Spike' Milligan

Attention! Minimalist absurdist at work!

Otherwise known as Spike Milligan (1918-2002), who, with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe, created (Python predecessor) The Goon Show for BBC radio from 1950 to 1959. This and the following sketch are from his last television series, There's A Lot Of It About, circa early 1980's.

To paraphrase

At the 1994 British Comedy Awards, host Jonathan Ross was going along on autopilot spouting cliches as he presented Milligan with a lifetime achievement award and read a gushing letter from Prince Charles. Here is Spike's response, on live TV:

Spike later sent Charles an apology - and cheerfully asked if he'd blown his chances of a knighthood.

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