Dave Lawson

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Dave Lawson (born 25 September 1978) is an Australian comedian and TV and radio personality. He is a regular performer on the stand up comedy circuit, and at one time participated in a talk back radio segment on the commercial radio station Nova 100. He once said he planned to quit comedy and radio in April 2011 to pursue a career as a tram driver.

Lawson grew up in the Bayside area of Melbourne and completed his secondary education at Haileybury College.


Lawson is known for his long involvement in hosting the Nickelodeon Australia shows Saturday Nick Television, Sarvo, Nick Takes Over Your School and Camp Orange. He also co-hosted with fellow Sarvo host James Kerley and Sophie Monk for the 2006 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards. On 16 February 2007, he announced his intention to leave Nickelodeon Australia, although several remarks by Kerley hinted that Lawson might return at a later stage.

Lawson returned to television work in April 2008, co-hosting The Dave & Kerley Show with James Kerley on Channel V at 10am on Sunday mornings. He was also a host and participant in the Ten Network's Guerrilla Gardeners, in which, because of his experience, he was hired primarily "to spin lines to the councils [attempting to stop the show] when they turned up".[1]

He also appeared in the Toyota Memorable Moments series of television commercials, depicting great moments in the history of Australian rules football with fellow comedian Stephen Curry. Curry plays the straight man, while an over-enthusiastic Lawson annoys, and is usually hurt by, the players as they recreate the scenes. Lawson also appeared in the music videos for Alex Lloyd's "Green", Duncan James's "Speed of Life", and Gerling's "Dust Me Selecta".[2]

Lawson is a great-grandson of the Australian poet and author Henry Lawson[citation needed], and is reputed to have fashioned his laconic persona from several of his great-grandfather's ideas as expressed in such works as "The Cant and Dirt of Labour Literature" (1894), "The Advanced Idealist" (1895), "Diogenes" (1900), and "The Casual Australian" (1922).[3]

Lawson has been awarded the coveted Comedy Custodians Award for Best New Talent for his comedy show entitled "Life as Henry Lawson's Grandson and other funny things about me".[citation needed]

Lawson appeared on the 2013 ABC comedy series It's a Date, along with Poh Ling Yeow, and in the 2014 ABC comedy Utopia.


  1. ^ Knox, David (18 February 2009). "The war on terra australis". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Gerling 'Dust Me Selecta' Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  3. ^ Colin Roderick ed. Henry Lawson: Autobiographical and Other Writings (Angus and Robertson, 1972) pp. 26–27; cf. Cronin ed. A Campfire Yarn: Henry Lawson, Complete Works 1885–1900 pp. 457 & 767; A Fantasy of Man; Henry Lawson Complete Works 1901–1922 p. 828 (Lansdowne Press, 1984)
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Preceded by
Camp Orange host
Succeeded by
Maude Garrett
Preceded by
Tony Brockman and James Kerley
Sarvo co-host (with James Kerley)
2005 – 23 February 2007
Succeeded by
Maude Garrett and Kyle Linahan