David Copperfield (comedian)

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David Copperfield (born Stanley Barlow, 1947, Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire[1]), is a British comedian who is best known for his role in the 1980s BBC sketch show Three of a Kind, in which he starred alongside Tracey Ullman and Lenny Henry.

Early life[edit]

Copperfield began his professional career performing in various cabaret venues.


His first TV appearances were on the Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club. His big break in TV earned him appearances on Wogan and Cliff and Friends. Three of a Kind ran from 1981 to 1983. After that, Copperfield worked on his own shows, Coppers & Co and Copperfield Comedy Company. He then worked on cruise liners as an entertainer under the name David Copperfield - Not the Magician, including the QE2 on its final voyage to Dubai.[2] In addition to comedy he sings, plays the violin, piano, guitar and mandolin and performs ventriloquism. He is particularly renowned for his acclaimed version of Classical Gas.[3]


  1. ^ South Yorkshire did not exist before 1st April 1974. 'West Riding of Yorkshire' is correct
  2. ^ "It's nice to see the world, but my heart will always be at home in Mid Devon". Express & Echo. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  3. ^ David Coppperfield at Comedians4u Retrieved 29 March 2015

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