Dave Thompson was extremely proud of Tinky Winky.
Dave Thompson was extremely proud of Tinky Winky. / SUR

Mad, comic genius heads for the Costa

  • The Salón Varietés promises an unforgettable night of stand-up comedy performed by the UK’s zaniest comedians

Three of Britain’s most talented stand-up comedians are to take part in a one-off show tomorrow night at the Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola.

The show will be hosted by zany British comedian Dave Thompson and will also feature popular comics Geoff Boyz and Dickie Richards.

The three comedians will perform separately, before coming together for a grand finale of The Oddbods, a hilarious act they recently performed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.

Geoff Boyz is a natural comic and an excellent impressionist. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are brilliantly portrayed by this popular Scottish humorist.

Dickie Richards is a cockney comedian of Polish descent. As well as having a solo career, Dickie is part of The Two Yuris, an act he describes as “Russia’s answer to The Two Ronnies”.

Dave Thompson, a cult hero on the university circuit in Britain, has performed his absurd style of stand-up comedy in over thirty countries.

Known for his bizarre behaviour and quick-fire sense of humour, Dave has also written material for many famous names, including Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth and Harry Hill.

However, Dave Thompson is perhaps best-known as the actor inside the Tinky Winky costume in the world-famous Teletubbies.

Dave trained as an actor and he is immensely proud to have been in this children’s - and later cult - show.

“The audition was on a Friday morning in London, and I had a stand-up gig in Bristol that evening, so I nearly didn’t bother to go. Six hundred people auditioned to be Tinky Winky, and they gave the part to me as they wanted quirky individuals who would create unique characters,” Dave told SUR in English.

However, several years ago, Tinky Winky found himself at the centre of a controversy because he carried a lady’s handbag. The fact that he was also purple and had a triangular antenna protruding from his head led some people to associate the character with the insignia of gay pride.

This aroused the interest of the American born-again preacher, Jerry Fulwell, who warned parents that Tinky Winky was a covert homosexual.

The 57-year-old comedian, described by TimeOut Magazine as the “the weirdest dude on the face of the earth”, said that the claim that Tinky Winky was gay was totally ridiculous.

“Jerry Fulwell missed the point when he projected adult sexuality into Tinky Winky and accused him of being gay. Teletubbies were created for children from the age of zero to five. They have gender, but no genitals,” Dave said.

He left the show after the first series and he went on to work with some of Britain’s top household names including comedian and writer Ben Elton, who described Dave as “mad, comic genius”.

Dave’s insane style of stand-up comedy inspired Ben Elton to write a part especially for him in the feature film, Maybe Baby.

He has had several credits as a serious actor, but this quirky comedian is probably at his best when performing stand-up comedy on stage.

Even though he shows little respect for left-wing liberals - “tyrants who do not believe in freedom of speech” - his show avoids politics because his aim is to unite a room in laughter, not to divide it.

“I believe in freedom of speech, free trade, and equality. I don’t know of a political party that represents these views,” he said with a hint of sarcasm.

The former Teletubbie has affection for the Costa del Sol and visits whenever possible, so Saturday’s show in Fuengirola will be like a busman’s holiday.

“I have orgnaised the show because I love the Costa del Sol and performing here gives me a good excuse to spend time in the area. I was told there is not much stand-up comedy happening here and I felt someone should plug the hole. I am hoping the show will be enough of a success for me to bring more comedy shows to the region,” he said enthusiastically.

If one thinks the Teletubbies was wacky, wait until Dave Thompson unleashes what have been described as his “lanky eccentricities” on the audience of the Salón Varietés theatre on Saturday night.