years ago, Dan Willis was one of the UK's leading computer programmers, able to
code in 14 different languages across multiple environments; unsurprisingly he
got a bit bored, and had been single way too long
from a long line of professional entertainers, Dan decided to ditch the security
of 9-to-5 employment and join the family business. 7 years later, he's built a
reputation across international comedy circuits as one of the UK's fastest-rising
and hardest-working comedians. In 2006, Dan performed his first solo show "RadioHead"
at both the Melbourne and Edinburgh Festivals to sellout audiences and rave reviews,
and in 2007 will take the show to the Adelaide Fringe.
veteran of 9 comedy festivals, Dan can perform sets of whatever length required,
tailored to whatever crowd is in front of him. Dan also has a reputation as a
top compere with crowd control a speciality, keeping a crowd laughing throughout
the night; being the eldest of 6 kids did help with this, but his TV warm-up work
has honed it to perfection..
perfect warm-up" - Yorkshire Evening Press
high tempo set through warm and genuine audience interaction" - Three Weeks
highly competent comedian and a wonderful performer"
- Time Out Comics'
"a natural stage presence ... he had the crowd in stitches"
- Basingstoke Gazette
"handling hecklers with ease, he kept the night
ticking along at a fine pace and a good time was had by all" - Hemel Hempstead
"confident, solid and amusing" - Chortle
laid-back and chilled out ... Willis was just the man to coax the restrained crowd
out of their proverbial shells, never overstepping the boundaries of good-natured
fun" - Funny.co.uk
"a very, very funny act
had me laughing
all night" - Rory Bremner
"a whirlwind set that left the crowd pining
for more" - Yorkshire Evening Post
appearances and headline sets at comedy clubs across the UK, including: Off The
Kerb, Mirth Control, Cosmic Comedy, Good Sense Of Humour, Buzz Comedy, Funny Bones
Comedy (all booking agencies); Up The Creek, Red Rose Comedy Club, Banana Cabaret,
Hampstead Comedy Club, Downstairs at the King's Head, Headliners, Ha Bloody Ha,
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Amused Moose (all London); Krater (Brighton), Jesters
(Bristol), Comedy Box (Bristol), Glee Club (Birmingham and Cardiff), The Wharf
(Cardiff), XS Malarkey (Manchester), Frog & Bucket (Manchester), Laughterhouse
(Liverpool), Rawhide (Liverpool), Hyena Comedy Café (Newcastle), The Stand
(Glasgow and Edinburgh).
Dan is one of the resident MCs at The Hi-Fi Club (Leeds),
The Other Side (York) and Lone Star Comedy Club (Folkestone).
- Edinburgh Fringe 2006, Edinburgh Comedy Room
"RadioHead" - Melbourne
Comedy Festival 2006, Exford Hotel
"Return of the Redcoats" - with
Nik Coppin. Melbourne Com. Festival 2005
"Dan Willis and Nik Coppin"
- Melbourne Comedy Festival 2004
Comedy Festival 2006
and Corporate Work
AXA Healthcare, BUPA, Heslan Park RFC.
Radio and Writing Work
'Am I Good In Bed?' - performer.
'Sex On The Job' - performer.
Sky TV, 2002.
'Kings of Comedy'
(Pilot) - performer.
E4, 2004. Endemol UK.
'Edinburgh or Bust' - performer.
4, August 2003. Angel Eye Productions.
'Open House With Gloria Hunniford' -
'Champagne Comedy' - performer.