In 2013, Dave Johns co wrote a new stage adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption which hit the West End and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013. He has had two very successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in highly acclaimed shows ‘Dave Johns On The Edge’ in 1998 and ‘I’m in The Attic Mother’ in 1999 at the Pleasance Theatre for which he won the Spirit of the Fringe Award.
Dave has been invited to perform across the world from Glastonbury to Hong Kong, Leeds to Bangkok and performed sell-out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia 1998, 1999 & 2001. July 2001 also saw Dave perform at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.
Dave has been a stand up comic since 1989 and is a regular headlining act playing all the major comedy clubs in the UK and comedy festivals world wide.
Dave has had two very successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival Pleasance Courtyard with his one man shows. First ‘On The Edge’ in 1998 and then ‘I Am in The Attic, Mother’ in 1999.
He has also appeared regularly at the Kilkenny Comedy Festival, in Ireland, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal 2001, the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival.
He has worked on stage in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Sydney, New York, Amsterdam and the Arctic.
He is a regular guest on comedy panel shows ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ (BBC2) and ‘8 Out Of Ten Cats’ (C4) and starred in the BBC3 late night sitcom ‘Dogtown’.
He has acted on the west end stage with Christian Slater in the stage play ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest’ also ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at the Assembly Theatre, Edinburgh festival and The Odd Couple with Bill Bailey and Alan Davies at the Assembly Theatre, Edinburgh.
He is a regular guest improviser with the ‘Comedy Store Players’.
He is also a scriptwriter whose credits include the stage adaptation of the Stephen King novel ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ co-written with Owen O’Neill. Following an outstanding season at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin the production is transferring to London’s West End – opening at the Wyndham’s Theatre on the 3rd September 2009.
Dave has also written a radio play about world chess champion Bobby Fischer, entitled Dark Night in Reykjavik, set during Fischer’s missing 24 hours on the eve of the first game of the 1972 world chess championship.