Multi award-winning Dave Spikey is one of the most sought-after comedy talents in the UK today. With a career spanning two decades, he has numerous TV appearances to his name as a stand-up comedian, presenter and actor – and behind the screens, as an acclaimed comedy writer.
Dave’s journey into this business we call show began in 1990. After winning the ‘North West Comedian of the Year’ Award, he became a regular on the club circuit and once famously supported Jack Dee, Max Boyce, Cannon & Ball and Eddie Izzard all in the space of one week. Early in his career he followed in the footsteps of Jeremy Beadle and Ted Robbins presenting ITV’s legendary game show Chain Letters.
In 1996, TV comedy history was made when Dave met fellow Boltonian Peter Kay. Sharing a similar style and approach to comedy and writing, they went on to form a formidable partnership; collaborating on Mad for the A6; a Granada special, and then on The Services for Ch 4’s Comedy Lab. Shortly after they co-wrote Ch 4’s hit series That Peter Kay Thing, which was awarded ‘Best New TV Comedy’ at the prestigious British Comedy Awards in 2000.
Inspired by this success Dave finally took the plunge and gave up the day job. Within twelve months he’d fulfilled his dream of writing a comedy series by co-writing and co-starring in Ch 4’s critically acclaimed Phoenix Nights alongside writing partners Peter Kay and Neil Fitzmaurice. Together they wrote and starred in two series of the cult TV show with Dave playing ‘the compere without compare’, Jerry St Clair.
In this truly stellar year, Dave received his second British Comedy Award with Phoenix Nights scooping the ‘People’s Choice Award’ and Dave further earning a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Newcomer’ for his inimitable portrayal of Jerry ‘The Saint’ St Clair. As Phoenix Nights mania continued to sweep the nation, it also won the ‘Situation Comedy & Comedy Drama’ Award at the RTS Programme Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious Bafta Award, and ‘Best Comedy’ in the Broadcast Awards.
Following this phenomenal success, Dave’s profile rocketed and in 2003 he embarked on his debut national tour – ironically entitled the ‘Overnight Success Tour’. Dave quickly established his reputation as a first class live performer picking up a ‘Performance of the Year’ Award (Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards) and ‘Best Comedy Performance’ Award (Leicester Mercury Awards). The hit show was recorded by Universal and released on DVD in 2003 quickly achieving the ‘Gold Retail Performance’ Award selling in excess of 75,000 copies.
Truly cementing his place as one of Britain’s most cherished comedy talents, in 2004, Dave appeared as a guest on the legendary Parkinson, alongside megastar Paul McCartney. He also performed before Her Majesty at The Royal Variety Performance.
In 2005, Dave joined a host of luminaries including Jonathan Ross and Lee Evans at London’s Apollo Theatre in Comic Aid; a televised gala also released on DVD, in aid of the Asian Tsunami. He embarked on his second nationwide tour later that year with a brand new show ‘Living the Dream’.
In 2005 Dave wrote and co-starred in ITV’s primetime comedy drama Dead Man Weds. The six-part series, set in the offices of a sleepy rural newspaper starred Dave as a washed-up former Fleet St Journalist alongside an all star cast including Johnny Vegas, Tim Healy and Michael Brandon.
Dave went on to write and appear in Magnolia; a comedy drama for BBC 1 following the misfortunes of a motley team of ex-cons struggling to keep their painting and decorating business afloat, and starring Ralph Ineson and Mark Benton.
Throughout 2005 & 2006 Dave was a regular on our screens starring as team captain alongside Jimmy Carr and Sean Lock on Ch 4’s hugely popular panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats. The show earned a nomination for ‘Most Popular Quiz’ at the National TV Awards in 2006 but having enjoyed four series at the helm, Dave took the decision to move on this year to allow him to focus on other TV projects. In 2006, Dave was selected to present the new series of classic game show Bullseye for Challenge. He also appeared as a celebrity judge on BBC 1’s primetime Saturday night talent series When Will I Be Famous? and joined Angus Deaton and David Mitchell on BBC 1’s improvised panel show Would I Lie To You?.
In 2008 -2009 Dave toured his immensely successful ‘The Best Medicine’ Tour in over 100 venues Nationwide and released the DVD of the tour and had his first book published.