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Dave Callan : biography

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Dave Callan (born 20 September 1975 in Dundalk, Ireland) is a comedian based in Melbourne, Australia. He works as a Triple J disc jockey.


Callan was born in Dundalk, Ireland, and arrived in Australia in 1990, aged 15. He spent part of his teenage years in Perth where he attended Chisholm Catholic College.

Radio career

Callan hosted the mid-dawn shift at Triple J on Sundays from 1am - 6am for most of 2005, until it was discontinued. He continued to host the Triple J show Pirate Radio from 6pm until 9pm on Saturday evenings. The show features party music, mash-ups and many unusual regular callers, referred to as 'carnies', including Steph from Tamworth, Evil Me and Jarred from Bunbury. On 19 January 2008, Callan presented the last show of Pirate Radio. On 27 January 2008, he returned to the mid-dawn shift on Sundays from 1am – 6am.

TV career

Callan first gained popularity while performing on Rove (Nine Network) and also on the first series of Rove Live (Network Ten), but left the show to pursue his love for stand up. Callan was Rove McManus' groomsman at his wedding to Belinda Emmett.

In 2005, Callan appeared in a series of commercials called "Change is in the Air", to introduce Australians to the impending smoking ban in pubs and clubs. (Media Release), New South Wales Department of Health, 31 May 2005. He also narrated a commercial for the Ferndale Confectionery item "Tuff Nuts", and has performed in Western Australian advertisements for WA Home Loans and Fruitisma., BBC Entertainment, 2010.

During 2006 and 2007 Callan appeared on jtv and presented episodes on occasion.

He has appeared as a guest on the Comedy Channel's improvisational comedy program Comedy Slapdown.

His other TV credits include O'Loghlin on Saturday night (ABC), Standing Up (ABC), King of the Road (SBS), Good Morning Australia (Ten Network), The (NRL) Footy Show (Nine Network), Hey Hey It's Saturday (Nine Network), as a recurring guest on Spicks and Specks (ABC), and a regular performer on the yearly "Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala". Recently, Callan has appeared 5 times on Good Game (ABC) as a guest reviewer, looking at Soul Calibur V, Just Dance: Best Of, Kid Icarus: Uprising and Heroes of Ruin. He also made a cameo appearance playing Just Dance at the Game Masters convention.

Stand-up career

Touring internationally over the next few years, Callan had shows each year in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) including:

  • Dave Callan is Shithouse (2000)
  • Dave Callan is Hairy (2001)
  • Jesus Christ, Movie Star (2001, with Duff)
  • Dave Callan's Wonderful World (2003)
  • Bare Faced Cheek (2004)
  • Raw Comedy Finals (2004, as Host and MC)
  • The Sunshine Factory (2005, with Sam Simmons, Tim Harris, Steve Bunce)
  • Show us your Roots (2005, with Hung Le, Steve Abbott, Gabriel Rossi, Tommy Dean, Desh, Sean Choolburra, Tahir)
  • The Sunshine Factory Part II (2006, with Sam Simmons)
  • Dance of the Flame Retardant Monkey (2007)
  • Daylight Savings for the Doomsday Clock (2008)
  • 0+ (Symbol of Venus) (2011)
  • The Graveyard Shift (2012, also fringe title 'Radio Gaga')

In addition, Callan performs regularly at the MICF Festival Club and the MICF Festival Roadshow. These shows have included choreographed fight and dance scenes with Ninjas, Pirates, Zombies and Burlesque Dancers. During MICFs he can often be seen with an entourage of ninjas.

He occasionally is referred to as 'Danger Dave'.

His 2005 joint show with Sam Simmons, The Sunshine Factory was nominated for a Golden Gibbo MICF award.

Also in 2005, his show 'Show us your Roots' (with a group of comedians - see list above) season sold out at Crown Casino as part of the MICF, at the National Multi-Cultural Festival in Canberra, and at the Sydney Opera House. This show was later released on DVD by Beyond Home Entertainment.

In more recent years, his shows have included political and environmental commentary, for instance 2007-2008 shows 'Dance of the Flame Retardant Monkey' and 'Daylight Savings for the Doomsday Clock'. Ripe with pop-culture references and an eclectic mash of immaturity and sincerity, 'Daylight Savings' was a near sell out season.

Dave's 2012 sell-out show 'the Graveyard Shift' featured highlights from his late night radio program on TripleJ, with live commentary.

Film career

He plays the character of a sports commentator in the upcoming Australian comedy film Reverse Runner.

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