Comedian and double British Comedy Award winner Dave Spikey returns to the live stage in 2013 with the fourth incarnation of his critically acclaimed Words Don’t Come Easy tour. By its conclusion, the continually-evolving tour will have seen the hugely popular Lancashire based comic and TV favourite perform more than 100 dates around the UK.
“I wish I hadn’t worn mascara’, my companion remarked as she wiped away the tears as Dave Spikey left the stage. Immediately likeable and with spot-on observations, there was certainly one word that came easy for the audience – Encore!” Manchester Evening News
As anyone who has ever seen Dave Spikey will testify, his performances are packed with fresh material and observational comedy. 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, thishilarious show examines many of life’s situations where words really don’t come easy. These include tongue-tied parents explaining the facts of life, adolescent chat-up lines, weird hospital speak, learning a foreign language and an extended selection ofsong lyrics that range from the lazy through surreal to the ridiculous. Whether he’s regaling tales of local news and misleading newspaper headlines or just everyday life experiences, the man who co-wrote and co-starred in comedy classic Phoenix Nights, is sure to have his audiences rolling in the aisles …in a good way!
“Pure Comic Gold” – Lancashire Evening Post
Since winding up the third segment of the Words Don’t Come Easy tour in spring 2012, Dave has turned his attention to writing – teaming up once more with Neil Fitzmaurice, his Phoenix Nights collaborator, for a series on ballroom dancing, set against the backdrop of a Blackpool hotel. Dave has also been asked to write another serving of Magnolia, the comedy drama first shown on BBC1 Comedy Playhouse which starred Ralph Ineson (The Office) as an ex-con turned painter and decorator.
“Not only a very funny accomplished comedian, but one of the finest raconteurs around”
Since winning the nation’s hearts as cabaret star Jerry St Clair in Phoenix Nights, and then moving on to be team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Dave has been a regular on our TV screens as well as in theatres and comedy clubs around the UK. A regular host on CH4s TV Book Club having just presented the fifth series, Dave played the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year alongside a stellar bill featuring Jimmy Carr, Tim Minchin, and Alan Davies for The Teenage Cancer Trust Comedy Night, and was recently featured on Channel 4’s Comedy World Cup.