20 September 1975 |
Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
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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, Callan presented the last show of Pirate Radio. On 27 January 2008, he returned to the mid-dawn shift on Sundays from 1am – 6am.
Callan first gained popularity while performing on Rove (Nine Network) and also 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. He also narrated a commercial for the Ferndale Confectionery item "Tuff Nuts", and has performed in Western Australian advertisements for WA Home Loans and Fruitisma.
During 2006 and 2007 Callan appeared on jtv and presented episodes on occasion.
His other TV credits include O'Loghlin on Saturday night (ABC), Standing Up (ABC), King of the Road (SBS), Good Morning Australia (Ten Network), The (NRL) Footy Show (Nine Network), Hey Hey It's Saturday (Nine Network), as a recurring guest on Spicks and Specks (ABC), and a regular performer on the yearly "Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala". Recently, Callan has appeared 5 times on Good Game (ABC) as a guest reviewer, looking at Soul Calibur V, Just Dance: Best Of, Kid Icarus: Uprising and Heroes of Ruin, and currently has his own segment known as Laying Down the Lore. He also made a cameo appearance playing Just Dance at the Game Masters convention.
Stage/Musical Theatre career
Callan was cast as the lead role of Mulan on the West End, in the original stage production in 1986. He toured with the show through Western Europe for the following two years, during which time he met his wife, Elyssa Jane-Smith, who was the stand-in and eventual lead player of the Red Dragon (a role later reprised by Eddie Murphy).
In early 1989 Callan suffered a serious bout of Pneumonia, and the tour left without him and he returned to Wales to recover at the countryside home of his parents. He was joined three months later by Elyssa, whom he quickly became engaged to, and married in the early Autumn, with composer Jeff Wayne presiding over the ceremony.
It was six years later before Callan and a heavily pregnant Elyssa took part in the Mulan 10th anniversary stage show in Brussels. The show was recorded and released to wide acclaim on both cd/cassette and more importantly VHS/DVD. The interest prompted the Pocahontas 2 (P2) project to be shelved by Disney, who bought the rights to Mulan and re-used as much work from P2 as possible, bringing forth the development time on Mulan allowing for a projected 1998 cinematic release.
Originally hired by Disney as the obvious choice for both the speaking and singing roles for Mulan in the animated form, Callan recorded all of his parts very quickly, often on the first take, bringing Directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook to name him as one of their favourite performers and far and away the most prolific and hardworking man in musical theatre.
When the censorship board came down hard on the first cut of the film many dialogue changes followed. He was with Elyssa in the hospital, in Cardiff, as she gave birth to their triplets Richard, Bonifred, and Harriett, and knew nothing of the changes to the film before it was too late. Against the wishes of Cook and Bancroft, Disney producers brought in Ming-Na Wen direct from Hong Kong to voice all of the amended dialogue - accounting for almost half the script. This didn't match, obviously, with Dave’s dulcet tones, and Ming-Na eventually re-recorded the entire thing. She could not sing, however, and Callan’s voice was still being used on original test-screenings for all songs. Prior to full release Lea Salonga was brought in to re-record each song, and Callan was fully removed from the motion picture that critics had always said he was born for.
To this day there are still some French and Italian early release versions of the film soundtrack CD floating around used record stores in which Dave Callan can be heard singing some elements of A Girl Worth Fighting For, and the second verse of Reflection.
- Dave Callan and Elyssa Jane-Smith divorced in May 2004.
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Touring internationally over the next few years, Callan had shows each year in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) including:
- Dave Callan is Shithouse (2000)
- Dave Callan is Hairy (2001)
- Jesus Christ, Movie Star (2001, with Duff)
- Dave Callan's Wonderful World (2003)
- Bare Faced Cheek (2004)
- Raw Comedy Finals (2004, as Host and MC)
- The Sunshine Factory (2005, with Sam Simmons, Tim Harris, Steve Bunce)
- Show us your Roots (2005, with Hung Le, Steve Abbott, Gabriel Rossi, Tommy Dean, Desh, Sean Choolburra, Tahir)
- The Sunshine Factory Part II (2006, with Sam Simmons)
- Dance of the Flame Retardant Monkey (2007)
- Daylight Savings for the Doomsday Clock (2008)
- 0+ (Symbol of Venus) (2011)
- The Graveyard Shift (2012, also fringe title 'Radio Gaga')
In addition, Callan performs regularly at the MICF Festival Club and the MICF Festival Roadshow. These shows have included choreographed fight and dance scenes with Ninjas, Pirates, Zombies and Burlesque Dancers. During MICFs he can often be seen with an entourage of ninjas.
He occasionally is referred to as 'Danger Dave'.
Also in 2005, his show 'Show us your Roots' (with a group of comedians - see list above) season sold out at Crown Casino as part of the MICF, at the National Multi-Cultural Festival in Canberra, and at the Sydney Opera House. This show was later released on DVD by Beyond Home Entertainment.
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.
- "Fright night". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 February 2005.
- "Change is in the air" in NSW pubs & clubs (Media Release), New South Wales Department of Health, 31 May 2005.
- "Guest Speakers and MC's", BBC Entertainment, 2010.
- "Episode Five". Spicks and Specks. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
- "Stand Up for Dave". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "Show Us Your Roots". Beyond Home Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
- "Review: Dave Callan in The Graveyard Shift". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
- "REVIEW: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL (MICF2012): Dave Callan: The Graveyard Shift @ The Portland Hotel". Rhum. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
- "Reverse Runner". IMDb. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
- Dave Callan's bio on the Triple J website
- Sydney Morning Herald article about The Graveyard Shift
- Graveyard Shift fan page