Spike Breakwell

Comedian, Person

1968 –


Who is Spike Breakwell?

Spike Breakwell is a British comedian.

When Breakwell was four months old he became disabled through taking oral polio vaccine which caused a two-week coma. He was brought up in Dunstable, and "treated and raised to be as stubborn and independent as anyone else round about." In his teens he attended Lord Mayor Treloar College in Alton, Hampshire, now Alton College.

Breakwell was the first wheelchair-using comedian on the London alternative club circuit from 1992, appearing on stage and BBC2 television. His act always started with the line: "...I don't know what I've been drinking but I could walk half an hour ago!" Surprisingly, fans never tired of this.

He also co-wrote and co-starred in the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe shows On The Toilet With Shergar in 1992, Simon and Spikes Laugh-In in 1993 and the critically acclaimed play looking at comedy Death Of A Comedian in 1994.

He co-wrote the Beginners' Guide column in The Times Magazine.

He has also been a regular in a BBC disability magazine programme.

In January 2006 Breakwell and part of the Wheelabout expedition team drove across Australia. He had planned to become the first person to cross from Perth to Sydney in an electric wheelchair. However, funding for the trip failed to materialise and it is yet to be completed.

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Jun 13, 1968
  • England

on July 23, 2013


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