Gwnewch y pethau bychain

Thank you, good night, and may your God go with you

Irish comedian Dave Allen, famed for his TV routines as he perched on a stool with drink and cigarette in hand, has died in his sleep aged 68

North Carolina Public Television ran Dave Allen At Large sometime in the late 70s or early 80s, and I was instantly taken by his humour. I’ve listed him as one of my favourite comedians for years, usually to blank stares.

God bless, Dave. I hope when you meet God, you find that you were right: she *does* have a sense of humour.


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  1. Sorry to hear that. I warmly remember Dave’s BBC2 show in the 1970s -- a source of much irreverent laughter. Many gems to recall there, such as the computer confessional: “Three Male Hairys and Mastic Plack!”

    • Damn, another fine one bites the dust. I well remember his shows -- I always liked the sketches such as the Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood ones -- the arrow that shot round corners, the one that was attracted to metal armour … and of course, the one with two outlaws walking through Sherwood: 1st Outlaw -- “Hey, who’s Maid Marion?” 2nd Outlaw -- (shiftily) “Well, I have, but don’t tell Robin….”

      Good night, and God bless.

  2. Dave Allen

    Awww, I loved watching Dave Allen. Thing is, I’m trying to think of parts of “Dave Allen At Large” that I remember, but everything that springs to my mind is not stuff that’s funny if quoted text-only… and not easily describable in text either. For example, do *you* remember his technique for ensuring that one gets a railway coach to oneself?

  3. Ahhhh….

    What a comedian he was. RIP.

  4. I always adored his show--esp. when he would do the priest bits, and any riff on Doctor Who of course. 🙂 Was sadden to hear of his passing. 🙁

    Btw, hate to have to post like this, but I can’t get my mail program to work on either hard drive, so therefore can’t contact anyone by email. Also, something happened to the answering machine, so I’ve lost your #. So please give me a call when you get back in town, okay? TIA.

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