One of Britain’s best-loved comedians is set to call in at Durham’s Gala Theatre on a tour that will mark his three decades in show business.

Dave Spikey – most famous for writing and co-starring in award-winning TV show Phoenix Nights alongside fellow funny man Peter Kay – will visit the Gala as part of his Juggling on a Motorbike Tour.

The show – on Thursday 25th January – will see the Lancashire-based comedian looking back over his life, including the 19 years he spent working as a biomedical scientist for the NHS.

During Dave’s time in the Health Service, someone told him, “You’re really funny – you should be a comedian!” and an idea was planted.

In 1987, Dave won the national talent show Stairway to the Stars. Legendary comedian Larry Grayson was a judge on the programme and after Dave’s victory he took him aside and told him he had talent.

It would, however, be another 13 years before Dave quit his day job in the Royal Bolton Hospital for a career as a full-time comic.

In his Gala show, Dave will be reminiscing about that career, which has included being a team captain on the hit TV show Eight out of Ten Cats, presenting quiz programme Chain Letters and hosting the new version of Bullseye.

In addition, Dave has appeared on Parkinson, The Royal Variety Show and New Faces. He wrote the film Dead Man Weds and co-starred in it with Johnny Vegas.

Dave will also talk about how winning Stairway to the Stars 30 years ago – with a routine about a juggler on a motorbike –  changed his life.

Dave Spikey’s show at the Durham Gala Theatre will start at 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at £16.50 and can be purchased by calling the box office on 03000 266 600 or going to

For more information about the Gala Theatre’s Spring Programme, click here.

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