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Dave Callan
Born 20 September 1975 (1975-09-20) (age 34)
Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
Occupation Comedian
Radio announcer

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



Callan was born in Dundalk, Ireland, and arrived in Australia in 1990, aged 15.[1] 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, Dave presented the last show of Pirate Radio. On 27 January, 2008, Dave returned to the Mid-Dawn shift on Sundays from 1am – 6am.

TV career

Callan first gained serious popularity while performing on Rove (Nine Network) and 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.[2] He also narrated a commercial for the Ferndale Confectionery item "Tuff Nuts".

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

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

Stand-up career

Touring internationally over the next few years, Callan had successful shows each year in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (i.e. 'Dave Callan is Hairy', 'Dave Callan's wonderful world', 'Bare faced cheek' etc.) performing often at the festival club. He occasionally is referred to as 'Danger Dave'.

In 2005, a joint show with Sam Simmons (also with Tim Harris and Steve Bunce), The Sunshine Factory was nominated for a Gibbo award at the festival and tickets sold out at his Crown Casino show 'Show us your roots' (which was performed with a group of other comedians).

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.


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