Comic and actor Alan Davies began his career in stand-up in labour clubs in the late 1980s, but he is probably best known for starring in Jonathan Creek as a trick-deviser for a stage magician with a sideline in solving crimes. Alan Davies ComedianThe show won a Best Drama BAFTA. He also starred as maverick barrister Henry Farmer in two series of the ITV Sunday night drama The Brief.

This all-round experienced comedian is well-known for his rambling, often surreal approach, and self-referential pantomime style. Among his constant TV and radio work, being a permanent panellist on BBC quiz game QI, hosted by Stephen Fry, stands out. Here are some funny Alan Davies quotes:

  • I see myself as a comic but the acting helps sell tickets for gigs.
  • There’s a lot to do when you’re a kid – spiders to catch, girls to poke in the eye – stuff to be getting on with.
  • Most embarrassing TV moment? On Bob and Rose, where I had to kiss a guy. It was done very badly.
  • If I could choose any superpower I wanted, it would be to have no bodily smell.
  • Some people call me Jonathan in the street and I’m called Jonathan Davies quite a lot, which is odd because he played rugby for Wales!
  • A foolproof plan for not getting a job – in the event of an interview, wear flip-flops.
  • I had no money to help the miners, so I just watched the strike on TV while wearing badges saying ‘Coal not dole’.
  • (After biting the ear of a homeless man during an altercation) He was a raging, horrendous a***hole. He called me a c*** several times. Or if it wasn’t him, it was his mate. I went for him and I did it in what turned out to be an amusing way.

The autobiographical My Favourite People and Me, 1978-1988 was published at the end of 2009. Davies was also in the BBC comedy, Whites. A big Arsenal fan, he also makes podcasts about football and was part of BBC Radio 5’s World Cup line-up this summer.

Image Source: Craig Grobler.

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