Spike Manton’s Radio, TV, Business and Comedy career makes him a unique talent among motivators and speakers. In college, Spike stumbled on to the Bradley University Speech Team and realized his true passion as he became a national champion performer. Although he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Business Degree and started out as a Procter & Gamble Sales Manager, he soon transitioned to the world of standup comedy, earning seven national television appearances, and a long career as in Chicago media hosting FM talk shows and sports talk on ESPN, and doing television work for the Black Hawks and White Sox.
As a local celebrity, Spike became a frequent host and speaker at major business events. His comic spin and improv skills, with his uncanny gift to grasp a company’s language and culture, soon established Spike as a one of the top corporate speakers in the country, specializing in Health & Wellness, Team Building, Connection, and Client Appreciation.
Spike has also made his mark as a writer and educator. He is the co-founder of Educational Improv Works (EIW), a company with innovative program for schools that integrates improvisation, public speaking and the tenets of Social Emotional Learning to create a dynamic new approach to teaching language arts. Spike also co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed hit stage comedy “Leaving Iowa” which was nominated for “Best New Play in the Country” and is now published and still enjoying hundreds of performances each year in theatres across the country.
Spike lives outside Chicago with his wife, Tami and their two children.