Dave Gorman

Dave Gorman


3/2/1971, Stafford, England, UK

Birth Name

David James Gorman


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David James Gorman, or Dave Gorman to most was born in Stafford on the 2nd March 1971, he studied mathematics at Stafforshire University, but dropped out in order to persue his dreams of stage comedy.
Dave shot to fame when he accepted a bet by his room mate…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2003 Dave was listed as one of the top 50 funniest comedy acts in the newspaper The Observer.

    • Dave is often mistaken for the England cricketer Michael Atherton.

    • Dave has written and co-written the following books:

      Are you Dave Gorman? (2002) Co-wrote with Danny Wallace,
      Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure (2005),
      America Unchained: A Freewheeling Roadtrip in Search of Non-corporate USA (2008).

    • Dave was awarded an Honorary Doctorate In 2006 from Stafforshire University.

    • Dave has a twin brother called Nick.

    • Dave's interests are photography, poker and cycling.

    • Dave's height is 5'9" (1.75 m).

    • Dave is the host of the Radio 4 show Genius which ended it's third series in 2007, and is to be made into a six-part television series for BBC2 in 2009.

    • Dave starred in the show America Unchained which broadcast on the More 4 channel in the UK on February 5th 2008, this won Dave a Best Documentary Feature award at the Austin Film Festival in October 2007.

    • Dave's first appearance as correspondent for The Daily Show was April 24, 2006.

    • In 2001 Dave Gorman was nominated for New York's prestigious 'Drama Desk Award' for 'Best One Person Show'

    • Ever since the 'Are You Dave Gorman?' stage show and BBC television show The Dave Gorman Collection have been shown, nineteen more people have offered to change their name by deed poll to Dave Gorman. Two of them are girls.

    • In 1995 Dave hosted the Comedy Zone at Edinburgh

    • In 2002 Dave starred in 24-Hour Party People with Steve Coogan as John The Postman.

    • In 2004 Dave was the winner of Best One-Person Show at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado for his 'Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure' show, which he also took to New York.

    • Dave won the HBO Comedy Jury Award for Best One Person Show at the US Comedy Arts Festival 2001 in Aspen Colorado for his show Are You Dave Gorman?.

    • Dave has written small bits for Steve Coogan, and The Fast Show as well as contributing to Simon Munnery's Sony Award winning Alan Parker's 59 Minutes of Truth (Radio 1) and has script edited an ITV show for Harry Hill.

    • Dave Gorman was Nominated for The Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2001.

  • Quotes

    • Dave: (On his emails) I get hundreds of emails a day, a lot of them from complete strangers, but also from real people I know and like. If they scare me, and there are quite a few that do, then I don't reply. Or if they say 'hey Dave, when are you playing in Sheffield?' I think 'you've ignored the button that says Live Dates and gone right to the button that says Contact Me.' That's impolite. It's like riging up the editor of the Radio Times and saying 'what's on tonight at eight o'clock?.

    • Dave: (On documentary comedy) The phrase documentary comedy was something a British journalist came up with to describe what I do. I tell true stories and provide the evidence with the evidence that it's true - and I guess a true story with evidence is one definition of a documentary. I think the comedy part is more important obviously... but it's all much funnier because you know that every word is true.

    • Dave: (On preferring TV or live gigs) Live gigs are the best thing in the world. But I do really enjoy the behind-the-scenes stuff, the editing etc involved with TV. But as much as I enjoy those things, I still prefer the live gigs.

    • Dave: (On his favourite websites) That varies. I love The Onion, but then who doesn't and it feels like a terrible cliche to say it. My favourite websites - apart from the ones that are good - are the bad home pages. There is nothing better online than reading about a mans hobbies and children and wife and wondering why he thinks you'd be interested. And yet you are.

    • Dave: (On his teenage trips to the Edinburgh Festival) I have been going to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe ever since I was a teenager. One year I went up with three mates and slept every night in a Transit van. It was the only way we could do it and afford to buy tickets to see five shows a day. The smell of three teenagers in a Transit is something that will be with me for the rest of my days.

    • Dave: (On how much it cost to make Googlewhack Adventure) A novel's worth. I was brought up never to discuss money! The trip lasted through January and February last year. I covered 90,000 miles and went round the world three times. For those that don't know, I met up with people responsible for websites that contain Googlewhacks.

    • Dave: (On if he will ever get to write a novel) I don't know. I've very publicly failed to write one so I don't think any publishers will trust me to do so now. I have non-fiction publishers clamouring for more while fiction publishers are running away from me. Which is fair enough because so far in life I've been good with fiction and bad with non-fiction. But that's a riddle I hope to solve one day.

    • Dave: (On UK comedy versus the US) I like a lot of what I see in both countries and I don't have any great difficulty in transferring what I do between the two. The perception is that in the US people get into comedy in order to score a role in a sitcom... it's seen as a stepping stone to other things. In the UK people get into comedy for it's own sake. I know a few great US comics that don't fit that cliche and things seem very healthy here in NYC - I love the Upright Citizen's Brigade and Eating It at the Luna Lounge - but when I've been to the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen I've encountered a few Americans who think 20 minutes of material will be enough to get them somewhere.

    • Dave: (On his heroes, Influences and admirations) I admire loads of people. Ian Dury is an incredible man. As he approached 40 years of age, a man who was physically disabled sat at number one in the charts. That wouldn't happen in today's world. There are hundreds of comedians I've been influenced by... actually, I prefer the word "inspired". "influence" suggests that you want to be like them. All the people I really admire have done their own kind of thing... I hope in some small way I've done something that's "mine" also.

    • Dave: (On the Neighbours character Dave Gorman) Yes. He was named in my honour after one of the Neighbours writers saw my show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year. The day he appeared I received so many e-mails about it that my computer crashed.