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Dave Spikey

Dave Spikey


Dave Spikey will be appearing at VegFestUK London on Saturday October 5th at 4pm on the Performance Stage, and again at 5pm when he presents the VegfestUK 2013 Awards.

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Dave starts the fourth leg of his critically acclaimed "Words Don't Come Easy" UK tour, 1st March 2013. This will take the number of shows to over 100!

In his busy schedule Dave also recently played the Royal Albert Hall on a stellar bill, with Jimmy Carr, Tim Minchin and Alan Davies for The Teenage Cancer Trust Comedy Night. In January he hosted the prestigious Leicester Comedy Festival Preview Show.

As well as acting and stand-up Dave writes for TV and film and has written a sitcom, "Glitterball", with Neil Fitzmaurice (with whom he wrote Phoenix Nights). Set in a Blackpool Hotel, "Glitterball" is about the world of ballroom dancing at a grass roots level. TV Commissioning will decide soon on whether to proceed.

His short film "Buzz Dish" which he co-wrote and directed won the Audience Vote at the Inaugural Cofilmic Film Festival.

He is re-writing his comedy drama "Magnolia" first shown on BBC1 Comedy Playhouse at the request of a top UK production company.

He has just finished presenting his 5th series of CH4s "TV Book Club".





Award-winning comedian Dave Spikey continues his critically acclaimed ‘WORDS DON'T COME EASY' stand-up tour with new dates.   Of course anyone who has seen one of Dave's live shows, or read his best-selling autobiography Under The Microscope, will know that words come very easily to the hugely popular comedian.

Inspired by the fantastic audience response to his deconstruction of song lyrics in his 2008/09 "Best Medicine Tour", and his fascination with the vagaries of the English language, this hilarious new show examines many of life's situations where words really don't come easy. These include tongue-tied parents explaining the facts of life, ridiculous newspaper stories, magazine poems, adolescent chat-up lines, weird hospital speak, learning a foreign language and an extended selection of song lyrics that range from the lazy through surreal to the ridiculous. Throw in a "Champion the Wonder Horse" sing-a-long, ancient Abyssinian contraception, rubbish school trips, Epidural Anaesthesia and The Last Supper and you have all the ingredients for a rich and spicy comedy casserole or as Dave would describe it "a sort of Lexicon-carne ............ sorry!"

The double British Comedy Award Winner, warmed the nation's hearts as cabaret star Jerry St Clair in Phoenix Nights, which he co-wrote with Peter Kay and Neil Fitzmaurice. Dave then went on to write 2 more comedy dramas - Dead Man Weds and Magnolia before starring as team captain in 8 out of 10 Cats for 4 seasons, and then hosting the new series of Bullseye.  Dave has been a regular presenter of the TV Book Club on Ch4.

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Reviews 2012 - 2013

De Montfort Hall , Leicester, Leicester Comedy Festival Preview Show, January 11th 2013

Spikey's gags are the stuff of stand-up dreams, his interplay and analysis the basis for clever, laugh-after-every-line comedy.

Opera House, Manchester, March 4th 2012

Comedian Dave Spikey is perhaps best known for his appearances alongside Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights but the Chorley lad is in a class of his own when it comes to stand up.

I first saw him perform last year during a charity gig with Jason Manford and was pleasantly surprised by his friendly charm and quick humour.

The writer, actor and presenter's new show Words, "Don't Come Easy", once again presented his unique mix of nostalgia and observations on the absurdity of modern life.

As the title suggests, the new show centres around our relationship with language, from the obscure sayings of his grandparents to the ways text messaging is destroying the English language. Highlights of the show include his weird and wonderful collection of newspaper headlines.
The former-health worker also covers his love of animals including the antics of his 30 rescued chickens and one very noisy peacock.

He makes fun of some of the meaningless song lyrics in both modern and '80s pop and the taboos surrounding talking about sex that lead to playground rumours and a warped understanding of the world.

It's clear Spikey is a lover of words - after all, they're his craft - and through his exploration of different aspects of language he strikes a chord with an audience that spans three generations.

With material around his young daughter and his elderly grandmother, Spikey's humour covers life from the cradle to the grave.

Relatable, genuine and superbly funny, Spikey is a comic genius.

Bethany English - CITY LIFE

Salford Lowry

‘I wish I hadn't worn mascara', my Lowry companion remarked as she wiped away the tears as Dave Spikey left the stage after his first half.

A hilarious ‘critique' of pop songs such as James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" had prompted the tears, as the comic invited us to really think about the ridiculousness of some song lyrics we hear every day - and his own words will undoubtedly come to mind for most of the audience every time they hear them in future.

Songs were also recalled in a game played by his kids on car journeys, substituting a word for one chosen by themselves - and the resulting embarrassment as said ‘fake' lyric is sung by the youngsters.

The Phoenix Nights star's words-don't-come-easy show, aimed at examining the English language, looked at the empty phrases we say, the misunderstandings that can arise (the doctor who was sending a hospitalised Spikey's gran home ‘to die', but turned out to be Australian) and words of wisdom from elders.

Restaurant menu lexicon - ‘Encased in a filo basket? That'll be a pie then' - and the language of newspapers were next under the microscope.

Following on from his book on the same topic, Spikey drew on his favourite headlines and evidence of careless writing that can take on a humorous meaning, such as the wife who set fire to a part of her husband's body following ‘a heated argument' or the headline ‘Missing Bristol man may be in Bath'.

His ‘ordeal' going into a particular budget clothes shop and an examination of the clientele was one highlight, and his clever set drew to a close paging through a government handbook on safe sex for teens.

Immediately likeable and with spot-on observations, there was certainly one word that came easy for the audience - ENCORE!

Manchester Evening News

Leicester - De Montfort Hall

With a show called Words Don't Come Easy, you may think Lancastrian comedian Dave Spikey was short of things to talk about, writes Alan Thompson.

Not a bit of it - it was ludicrous words used in everyday contexts including songs, poetry and newspapers, that the Bolton-born funnyman wanted to expose.

And texting: "A refuge for the illiterate - it's supposed to be quicker, but you need one of those Enigma machines to decode it."

The likeable Bolton funny man, writer and former NHS haematologist had plenty of subjects in his sights.
Pretentious-sounding menus in gastro pubs provoked his comic ire. "What's 'encased in a filo basket' mean? It's a pie then, is it?"

Wryly observed characters and situations from everyday life littered the evening, each episode lapped up by the audience.

Some of his comedy is drawn on experiences of his grandparents, with whom he spent a good deal of his childhood.

"My gran was particularly excited one day," he recalled.
"She said 'I'm having two teeth out tomorrow and a gas fire put in'"

A highly entertaining, laugh-out-loud show, and an evening of quality comedy.

Theatre Royal Brighton, November 27th 2011

Words don't come easy'; the theme of Dave Spikey's show allowed him to top and tail each half by holding up newspapers with amusing headlines or dissect the lyrics of popular songs. But the real heart of the show came from the sayings and misunderstandings of his family and friends. How his dad wooed his mum, his grandad's near final request to go lawn-bowling and the romantic advice from his ugly friend at school were all included in the anecdotes, giving the show a homely feel. But however safe and cosy it felt, we were never far from a killer punchline.

Jim Holland

Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

He may be best known for his role alongside Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights, but Dave Spikey showed Wolverhampton exactly why he is regarded as a top-class comedian in his own right.

Spikey brought his Words Don't Come Easy tour to the Wulfrun Hall, where he was welcomed by a packed audience.

The concept of Spikey's new show is incredibly simple - the comedian unravels the quirks of the English language through everyday words and phrases.

Spikey's sharp, punchline delivery and on-the-spot observations had the audience in stitches. But it was the comedian's analysis of "ridiculous" lyrics in songs by stars including James Blunt, Roy Orbison and Elvis following the interval that received the biggest cheers.
And judging by the applause he received at the end of the performance, it isn't difficult to see why bosses at the venue were keen to have Spikey's return following his successful 2009 appearance.

Shaun Jepson


WORDS Don't Come Easy may be the title of Dave Spikey's new stand-up show but everyone who saw the comedian at his quick-fire best for two-and-a-half hours at Whitehaven Civic Hall on Friday knows this doesn't apply to him!
The show's title is a play on words, of course, and an appropriate title for a show full of news reports, turns of phrase and song lyrics where the meaning has become somewhat tongue-tied in translation. Spikey knows what he's good at - finding the absurd in the everyday - and sticks to that formula with winning results. He's well and truly mastered the art of observational comedy.

He'd done his local research too. He commiserated with us Whitehaven folk over the recent closure of Gallachers, and from his copy of The Whitehaven News shared a laugh about our story last week of the cardboard cut-out police officer bought to act as a crime deterrent being stolen.
It's refreshing to see a comedian that has a solid stand-up routine and sticks to it.

So a Top show from a Top comedian. Nothing too controversial or ‘blue' - as a certain Mr Kay would say - but that's not necessarily a bad thing in a time when some comedians are pushing the envelope a little too far.

Whitley Bay, Playhouse

Dave Spikey delights fans at Playhouse

JOURNALISTS, poets and lyricists all get a pounding in comedian Dave Spikey's fifth UK tour, that called into Whitley Bay last week.

Although probably best known as Peter Kay's sidekick, Dave Spikey is at his best when he's doing a bit of stand up, as the audience at the Playhouse Whitley bay on Saturday night found out.

Words Don't Come Easy sees the Bolton vegetarian pointing out problems with the English language through his analysis of song lyrics, newspaper headlines and entertaining anecdotes.

From duck cabaret, to his 95-year-old grandma running at B&Q's doors as fast as she can "because they still open", there wasn't a moment that went past with the theatre filling with laughter.

He walks us through a range of topics loosely connected to the interpretation of language, with amusing stories of his grandparents when he was growing up, and how something can have a range of meanings which can often lead to hilarious misunderstandings.

Words Don't Come Easy is every bit as entertaining as I had imagined it to be, but FAR, FAR funnier that I anticipated.

Jason Manford and Friends - The Lowry, Salford, May 29th 2011

Jason Manford descends on the Lowry Theatre with some pals to raise money for Joseph Jack Waldeck . The name of the game is to raise money for charity and raise awareness but some of Jason's ‘friends' for the evening certainly do more than just turn up. Many are names you will recognise and some not so familar but Justin Moorhouse was for me, on form and as loveable and as close to the bone as ever.

Jimmy Cricket turned up with his tried and tested style of comedy that still raises a good few giggles throughout what can only be described as a diverse audience but there is certainly something for everyone here on this charity night.

Dave Spikey closed Act One with a side-splitting set . To some degree Spikey stole the show and his short but highly entertaining set reminds us what a talented comedian this guy is and how comical his material is. Something the North West is not short of is entertaining home grown comedians that for sure.

Ruth Lovett




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