Dave started his career in 1992 by hammering TV and radio stations with his comedy material. Unfortunately he received little response or encouragement. Not put off he put his comedic talents to performance and teamed up in a double act playing northern venues with a lot more success, appearing on Centrals TV ‘New Faces’. Once the act finished Dave went alone as a solo comedian learning his trade in the hard social clubs up North and the comedy clubs in the south.
Dave recalls some of the less salubrious social clubs –
‘I was dragged off stage mid-act in Blackpool by a concert secretary who later put his arm round me and told me not to worry ‘I’d bounce back’ and I seriously thought about trying to escape out of a window at a railwayman’s club in Blackburn immediately after I’d done my first spot prior to the Bingo . I didn’t though, my pride got the better of me, and I went back on for my second set so the audience could hate me for another forty minutes. (the same 40 minute set I’d done before – that’s all I had – they didn’t notice.)’
A turning point came one summer Sunday evening in 1993 when Dave got a phone call to see if he could get to Blackpool in half an hour. Cannon and Ball were appearing at ‘The Opera House’ and they needed a compere, like now. Dave was the only comic, not working that night who lived near enough. He dashed over and went on stage in front of a packed house of 3000 people without thinking. He then supported Tommy and Bobby on two national tours and then Max Boyce for several years. He moved his act into the comedy clubs which were now growing, making his debut at the Comedy Store in 1994, and becoming a regular there soon after. He was asked to host ‘Chain letters’ a Tyne Tees quiz show and began to slowly appear more on our screens.
Dave was asked to compere the ‘North West Comedian of the Year’ competition. In the talent show that night was Peter Kay who promptly won the competition and the two became great friends writing together and supporting each others career. This writing partnership paid off when ‘That Peter Kay Thing’ was aired on TV and the two went on to write and appear in ‘Phoenix nights’ a Ch 4 sit-com based around the hard northern working mens clubs. The success took Dave to the top of his profession, touring the country in his own show and becoming even more popular at corporate functions.
He went on to be a regular on Channel 4’s of ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ and appeared on many other TV shows including a spell of serious acting in BBC’s ‘Clocking off’ and recently was asked to host the return of the famous quiz show ‘Bullseye’ on challenge TV.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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