Danny Blue (comedian)
January 2, 1949 |
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, television and radio personality|
|Television||The Big Questions, 100% English, Kilroy, News Night|
Danny Blue is an English comedian, television presenter, media personality and charity fundraiser. His stand-up act is mainly aimed at an adult audience specialising in adult material, however his television work has proven he is just at home with a mixed audience. It was during his touring of the club circuit that he was spotted and given the opportunity to appear on television programmes such as "The Des O'Connor Show", "The James Whale Show", and "Big Breakfast" Danny also appeared on Sextasy with his comedy show "The oddballs Balloon Dancers"
Danny was a pupil at Fircroft infants school, Sellincourt Junior school, Franciscan School Senior and Hillcroft Secondary modern all in Tooting London. As a third child in a broken family of four, easily lost concentration on his school work and used the schoolrooms to get laughs. Of course, that was a problem with the teachers, so he just spent a lot of time "Hopping The Wag" and roaming around Tooting in South London. Some afternoons found him fishing in the ponds of Tooting Bec and Wandsworth Commons, running gags through his mind whilst casting his maggots to the roach and perch. At the age of fourteen, when not roaming the streets he would like to watch "Sunday Night at The London Palladium" starring Bruce Forsythe and The Tiller Girls, and dreamed that one day he would get on the show . On February 24, 1991, a Sunday night, Danny appeared at The London Palladium introduced by John Inman. Since then Danny has appeared in "EastEnders", "Taggart", "The Des O'Connor Show", BBC's cop Drama "Backup", Kevin Whately's "Brokers Man" and more infamously his appearances over 10 years in Jim Davidson's "Sinderella".
Over the past 15 years Danny has appeared in most of Dave Lee's Happy Holidays shows at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Along with Dave Lee a host of stars appear including Jim Davidson, Jethro, Johnny Casson, Bradley Walsh, The Drifters, The Oddballs, Toyah Wilcox, Brian Conley, Barbara Windsor, June Brown among others.
Throughout Danny's career, he has been featured in many television programs and documentaries not only in the U.K but Australia, Scandinavia, and most of Europe. In 1995 Danny was asked to play a comedian in the Greek Blockbuster movie "The Love Path" for Olympic Films. An outrageous comedian, British politician (The Monster Raving Loony Party) with a flair for magic and an entrepreneurial who excels at media relations . Danny has been banned from Chicago, denounced by British parliament, and threatened with his life in Australia all while raising money for charity and becoming the focus of hundreds of newspaper articles and dozens of radio and TV interviews with his outrageous sport of "Dwarf-throwing competitions during the nineteen-eighties.
After leaving school, Danny served HMS Excellent, Beales the Butchers and a Unigate milkman, played drum's in various bands where he earned sod all. He then proceeded to utilize that education by pursuing a career in stand-up comedy. Danny learnt his trade by fronting his world infamous comedy act “The Oddballs” well known for appearing totally naked apart from a couple of balloons and the odd sock.
Blue, has had a long theatre presence, both in London's West End and touring nationally across the UK. He has also appeared in British television shows including, EastEnders, Taggart, The Broker's Man and Backup.
Gentlemen's Evenings (Stag Nights)
Blue is a big favourite on the stag scene with his outrageous style of comedy and super hot female dancers
Blue is the founding member of the Comedy Act "The Oddballs" which has seen him tour the world presenting the visual act to countries who may not understand English and his stand-up routine. In 1995 his act was seen by thousands on a busy theatre tour headlined by "Jim Davidson". They performed along fellow comedians "Charlie Drake", "Jess Conrad", "Dave Lee", "Roger Kitter", "Dave Kristian" and "Mia Carla". It was during this time that Blue became very close to friend "Dave Lee" and helped support his charity "Happy Holidays" raising money for sick, disabled and underprivileged children and their immediate families to enjoy holidays and outings.
In 1985 Danny Blue (Bamford) was the first man to introduce the outrageous sport of Dwarf Throwing into the United Kingdom. This caused World wide media coverage. Through his contacts in Australia he discussed with the already recruited 132.08 cm ( 4 feet 4 inches) (Lenny the Giant) Oddball the prospects of Dwarf throwing.
Lenny (Leonard Fowler) was more than enthusiastic to take part and it was added to the Oddballs Repertoire. Danny held numerous dwarf throwing heats across the UK and ended up with the first British championships held at The Worcester Rooms in Worcester Park.
This was won by Jimmy Leonard (Brighton). The second competition with a chance to fly to Australia was won by dray-man Roy Merrin (Clapham) with a throw of 5 m and 41.02 cm (17 feet and 9 inches). In November 1986 The People magazine sponsored the Dwarf Throwing World championships In the Manhattan club, Melbourne and Sydney. Along with Lenny the Giant and Roy Merrin, Danny flew to Australia and came back with the Title "World Dwarf throwing Champions". After being bombarded with letters from Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher, Douglas Hurd (Home Secretary) and many other MP's Danny and Lenny decided they would retire from Dwarf Throwing. Danny Still holds the World Series trophy in his office to this day.
In 2006 Lord Tebbit, Garry Bushell, Danny Blue and Carol Thatcher were the subject of an in-depth documentary presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon using a DNA test to examine Blue's true heritage. He insisted that he was 100% English - "I was born in England. I was born English, my parents were English, my grandparents were English and their parents were English and it goes back and back, so I am English through and through", but the DNA tests proved that his origins were 9% Native American, 2% East Asian but mainly Russian.
EASTENDERS BBC - played a Spencer Brother at Bianca's hen party in the Queen Vic. TAGGART ITV - Played a Comedy artiste "Sweet Muffins" with his comedy show The Oddballs. THE DES O'CONNOR Show ITV - Guest on show with Norman Collier, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jill Gascoine, Matt Bianco and The Oddballs BACKUP - BBC Police Drama set in Birmingham. Played comedy spot at Police Ball. THE BROKERS MAN - BBC - Starring Kevin Whately.Drama series about an ex-policeman, who now uses his detective skills while working for insurance companies. Played Comedy artiste at Cabaret Dinner. THE SALON - Reality Show - played himself. TRISHA - Special Guest - Chat show - played himself. JAMES WHALE SHOW - Guest - Chat Show - played himself. VANESSA - Guest - Chat show - Played himself. THE WAREHOUSE - Chat show - with Debbie McGee played himself.
Non-stop drumming attempt
During the 1960s Danny was a drummer in various bands and lent mainly to Blues bands. in 1966 Danny made an attempt on the World non-stop drumming record held at the time by Ray DuVal 109 hours. Danny's attempt was made at the Sutton Granada, Carshalton Road Sutton. He drummed non-stop for 49 hours and 39 minutes.
He stood on numerous elections as a the member of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party during the leadership of Screaming Lord Sutch. Blue holds the record for the most votes (3,339) for the party achieved during the 1994 European Elections under the pseudonym of "John Major".
Spouses and children
- Christine Fitkin (1968-1977; divorced), 2 children Jason and Daniel
- Sandra Gibson (1980-1990; divorced), 2 children Alfie and Toby
- Lorraine Milner (1994 -current)
In 2002 Blue had a heart attack while performing on stage at a club in Stafford, Staffordshire. He was admitted to Stafford General Hospital and kept in for 7 days where he was treated and monitored until eventually being released. Since that day he has given up smoking, which was a big section of his act before the medical emergency.
Blue has been a fan of Chelsea football club since 1966
Blue is a Master Mason - Baron Renfrew (5210) Lodge Surbiton
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Danny Blue (Comedian).|
- Danny Blue Official Website
- Danny Blue Stagshow
- Danny Blue at the Internet Movie Database
- Founder of The Oddballs