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Dave Callan

Dave Callan
The one-way people recognise comedian Dave Callan is because of his beard and long hair. Many people want him to shave but it is his trademark. He thinks it will be very fashionable when the new Ice Age comes.

Born in Ireland, Dave moved to WA when he was 8. Apart from performing stand-up comedy in Perth, he did a series of ads in WA for WA Home Loans and Fruitisma. He didn't move to Melbourne until Rove McManus asked him to help him out with his new TV show.

Most non-Melbournites only know Callan through the two seasons he spent with Rove. At the end of its second season, Dave decided to concentrate on his “first love”, live performance.

Callan returned to live work in 2000 with a show which proved to be a sell-out success. In 2001, he returned to the world famous festival with a vengeance: in addition to his own comedy festival show, ‘Dave Callan is Hairy’, he was a part of ‘Jesus Christ, Movie Star’ with two other comics.

The segment on Rove for which he is best remembered is “Words That Sound Better When Said By Dave”. Cloaked in his thick Irish accent, Dave was able to make words such as the following extremely funny: portfolio, plectrum, haberdashery and trousers to name a few.

His other TV credits include O'Loghlin on Saturday night, the ABC’s Standing Up and The Melbourne International Festival Comedy Gala in 2003 and the SBS documentary – King of the Road.

Dave Callan is easily the hairiest comedian in Australia. Dave Callan is a versatile and highly entertaining comedian, writer and performer. Dave has also been mistaken for Chewbacca, Jesus and The Wild Man from Borneo.

Dave Callan is best known from his years on Rove Live and hosting Saturday nights on Triple J.

Dave has also appeared on Spicks and Specks, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, The Footy Show, and Hey Hey Its Saturday.

The Irish Australian is in his element live on stage and is always outstanding, generous and hilarious. He has performed in New York, Edinburgh and across Asia and Australia.

Testimonial - Western Review

'David Callan, complete with thick Irish accent... is a real gem to watch. Gone are the racist, drug and genital jokes. Instead, he puts a bizarre twist on the cliched rituals of life.'