Friday, 21 May 2010

Dave Allen - The Late Irish Comedian

I wonder if you have heard of Dave Allen in the States. He had a very popular weekly show here in UK and had a TV audience in the millions, just like Dick Emery and Benny Hill and before them Tony Hancock.

David Allen's real name was Tynan O'Mahoney (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005). His career had a major resurgence during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Allen's act was typified by his relaxed, rueful and intimate style; he would sit on a high bar stool facing his audience, smoking and occasionally sipping from a glass of what he always allowed people to assume was whiskey, but in fact was merely ginger ale with ice. Literally and metaphorically, he was a sober-minded man who, though sometimes appearing crotchety and irritable on stage, gave off an air of serene melancholy in real life. Each day he would pore over the newspapers, constantly scribbling notes and ideas which he expanded for his routines.

This YouTube sketch is typical of the many we enjoyed. He used tension a lot in his sketches and had us sitting on the edge of our seats.

Hope you enjoy.


  1. I recognized his face Eddie not his name though. He does tell a good story. I do hope both you and the Mrs. are feeling well and wishing you a great weekend.....:-)Hugs

  2. Yes, I was sitting on the edge of chair. I didn't know if he was going to jump and scream at the end...I was ready...but not for that! He is a clever comedian. I've never heard of him...but enjoyed this video. Thank you for posting it, my friend.

  3. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, noooooooooooooooo....(screaming with laughter here!!!Tears streaming!!! Can hardly type for laughing) This was absolutely the very, very best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Standing. Ovation. More. More. Encore. ROFL...My very favorite so far...Haven't laughed this hard in I don't know how long!!! Thank you, my dear friend!!! You are FANTASTIC!!! What a superb way to start off my weekend!!! Love, Janine

  4. Hilarious, but for a while he had me going! lol You always delight and entertain us, cher!

  5. Oh I well remember Dave Allen, he was a family favourite as he portrayed the very best of Irish humour which is wit as opposed to smut.

    Thank you for reviving my memories of this great entertainer, whose signing off line was 'May your God go with you'

  6. Just popping in to wish my dear bloggie buddy a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!! See you at the roast tomorrow!!! Hugs, Janine


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