Dave Spikey

Dave Spikey

Date of birth: 31-08-1950
Former NHS haematologist Dave Spikey’s stand-up career started in 1992 after many years writing routines and sketches for other comedians, TV and radio.

He performed with Rick Sykes as the double act Spikey and Sykey, appearing on ITV's New Faces show. They split up soon afterwards.

In 1991 he won the City Life North West Comedian of the year title.

He went on to host gameshow Chain Letters in 1997, following on from Jeremy Beadle, among others.

His next big break came with his writing collaboration with Peter Kay, first on That Peter Kay Thing and then on Phoenix Nights, in which he also starred as club compere Jerry St Clair. It won the Best Newcomer award at the British Comedy Awards in 2002.

He has performed two tours, Overnight Success (which sold 75,000 copies on DVD) and Living The Dream.

In 2005, he wrote and starred in the ITV comedy-drama, Dead Man Weds, which he also co-starred in, and in 2006 he presented the revival of darts gameshow Bullseye on Challenge

And since 2005 Spikey has been one of the regular team captains on the Channel 4 panel game, 8 Out of 10 Cats.

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Dave Spikey wins short film award

...for his new sitcom pilot

A pilot sitcom from Dave Spikey has scooped an award at a new comedy film festival.

Buzz Dish, co-written with rugby player John Lebbon, won one of the audience prizes as the Cofilmic event in Manchester last night.

The show, based on a Cumbrian phrase for ‘enjoy yourself’, is a dark comedy based on life in a small northern town.

Audiences at the short film festival, held in the Comedy Store, were shown a ten-minute sampler of the proposed sitcom.

Here is a making-of video:

The other audience awards went to Dwain Chambers Life Guru, starring the British sprinter banned after failing a drug test, Bronte Sisters by Jacqueline Wright and The Office Orphan by David Lilley. Here is the latter, the only one available to view online:

In the main awards the winners were:

Best Comedy Sketch: Publishing A Piece by Anton Short (not available to view online)

Best Sitcom Pilot: Boxed by Paul Murphy. A trailer:

Best New Comedy Performance: Sarah Hoare in We Are What We Drink

Best Short Comedy Film: We Are What We Drink by Marc Hardman

Cofilmic founder Janet Harrison said: ‘The standard of the films entered was absolutely fantastic.’

The winners receive mentorship, as well as a place on a tour of short films around the UK.

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Published: 2 Nov 2011

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