David Reed (comedian)

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David Reed
David Reed Sinister stairwell.jpg
Reed in 2008
Birth name David Marshall Reed
Born (1982-05-26) 26 May 1982 (age 35)
York, England
Medium Stand up, theatre, radio, television
Nationality British
Years active 2006–present
Genres Sketch comedy

David Reed (born 26 May 1982) is a British actor, writer and comedian and one third of comedy troupe The Penny Dreadfuls.[1]


Reed studied at the University of Edinburgh. During his studies he performed with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, acting in, writing and directing two pantomime productions, and was a member of acclaimed[2] improvisational comedy troupe The Improverts.[3] It was with The Improverts that he first met and performed with fellow comedians Humphrey Ker and Thom Tuck.[4] He was also a frequent performer in the local comedy circuit and at The Stand.[5]

In 2008, Reed became the drummer for Karaoke Circus, a show where comedians perform songs with an accompanying live band. Since October 2011 he has co-hosted a weekly film podcast for Absolute Radio with Karaoke Circus bassist Danielle Ward.[6] In 2011 he performed his debut solo show Shamblehouse at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Penny Dreadfuls[edit]

Reed is probably best known for writing and performing alongside Humphrey Ker and Thom Tuck in sketch comedy team The Penny Dreadfuls. They performed their Victorian sketch show across Britain, including at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with Aeneas Faversham in 2006, Aeneas Faversham Returns in 2007 and Aeneas Faversham Forever in 2008.[7]

Their radio series The Brothers Faversham was first broadcast on BBC 7 in early January 2008. The second series, More Brothers Faversham, was aired in October 2008 and later repeated on Radio 4.

In 2009 they presented a broadcast for BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot, Guy Fawkes. This covered the life of Guy Fawkes, his failed attempt to blow up Parliament and his subsequent interrogation in the Tower of London. Guest starring Kevin Eldon as Guy Fawkes, and also featuring Miles Jupp and Andrew Pugsley.

In 2011 they produced another radio play, Revolution. This time for the prestigious Saturday Play slot. Set in the aftermath of The French Revolution, it starred Sally Hawkins as Marie-Therese, the only surviving daughter of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, and Richard E. Grant as the villainous Robespierre.

Film Fandango[edit]

Since October 2011 he has co-hosted a weekly film podcast called Film Fandango for Absolute Radio with fellow comedian and partner Danielle Ward.[8]


2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • Aeneas Faversham

2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • Aeneas Faversham Returns

2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • Aeneas Faversham Forever

2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • The Never Man

2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • The Penny Dreadfuls

2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • David Reed Shamblehouse



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