Dave Thompson, International Comedian
- 28 Sep 2010 12:00 PM
Dave works continuously as a stand-up comedian, and has performed in America, The Falklands, Dubai, Oman, Abu Dhabi, and cruise ships in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Never happier than when he’s being paid to explore new places, Dave has also worked in Ireland, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, and Monte Carlo.
Known for his one-liners and absurd persona, Dave has written material for many other comics, including Harry Hill, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Jim Tavare, Ben Elton, and Stewart Lee.
1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
I first came to Hungary whilst exploring Europe by train in 1982. I came again to do a stand-up comedy gig in October 1999, and a month afterwards I met a girl from Budapest at a martial arts dojo in London. Eight months later we were married, and I've been coming here several times a year ever since.
2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
No. I always wanted to live abroad, but my show business career has kept me based in England. I spend a lot of time outside the UK, though, either working or on holiday.
3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
My wife Eva's family. They're not obsessed with money and success. i think it's a legacy of the Communist era, when the best most people could hope for was to have happy family gatherings during weekends and holidays.
4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
They must see the Duna and the Castle district, and soak in a furdo.
5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Galuska in paprika sauce.
6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
A human head. Usually one, but sometimes two (if I've been too busy to visit the forest with my spade).
7.What is your favourite Hungarian word?
8. What do you miss most from home?
9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
A successful novelist, but this dream may come true, as my first novel 'The Sex Life of a Comedian' will be published by Tonto Books in February 2011.
10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
We spent a few days on the Croatian coast during the Summer, but the last proper holiday was in Senegal and The Gambia last January.
12. Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
Somewhere tropical next January. The Caribbean, or Goa.
13. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
'If', directed by Lindsay Anderson.
14. What can't you resist?
Cuddling my two year-old and one year-old daughters.
15. Red wine or white?
White, but red or rose are also welcome on our table.
16. Book or movie?
Book, but I also love films. Books require less technology to consume.
17. Morning person or night person?
I'm a stand-up comedian - what do you think?
18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Annoying electronic taps, and also the ones you press and more water than you need gushes out, followed by no water when you do need it. And those ridiculous automatic lights in modern buildings, that switch on when we don't need them, and go off when we need them. I was recently sitting on a toilet in Slovenia, when the light went out.
I flapped my arms around to trigger the infra red beam to make the light come on again, but it remained dark. So I stood up and flapped my arms around.
This got the light to come back on, but also caused the toilet to flush automatically before I'd wiped my bottom. Is that progress? Why do we let mediocre dullards stifle our spontaneity with their health and safety obsessed political correctness?
The mass hysteria about child abuse, which makes us afraid to show affection to children. It deprives children of cuddles, and children NEED to be cuddled! I know, because my mother died when I was very young. I spent my childhood miserable and DESPERATE for a cuddle.
19. Buda or Pest side?
Pest because there's more happening and property is cheaper, but Buda when I'm rich and can afford a house with a swimming pool.
20. What would you say is your personal motto?