Simon William Day|
7 May 1962
Blackheath, London, England
Day was born in Blackheath, London, and rose to fame as a stand up comic, winning the Time Out new act of the year in 1991 with his music hall character Tommy Cockles. He then appeared on the BBC One show Paramount City as a weekly guest. He continued working live all over England before joining up with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer for two tours and two series of Big Night Out. He continued to work with Vic Reeves throughout the Nineties.
In 1994 he appeared as a cast regular in Saturday Zoo, Channel 4's Saturday night extravaganza where he appeared as his groundbreaking white rapper Ice Pick. TV credits include Heartbeat, Jonathan Creek, Sensitive Skin, Love Soup, Driving School, and Skins. Film credits include Shakespeare in Love, as a ferryman on the Thames.
In September 2002 he appeared at Imperial College Union as the headliner to kick off a regular Friday night comedy slot for the academic year. Unfortunately his performance didn't elicit a single laugh for the whole evening. Posters for subsequent comedy nights at the union declared acts to be 'guaranteed funnier than Simon Day', or later in the season 'Our lawyers have instructed us not to say 'guaranteed funnier than Simon Day'.
In 2008 Day embarked on his first solo UK stand-up tour entitled 'What a Fool Believes' that saw him play 36 dates during the period 30 October - 15 December, including Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
In May 2010, Day played a hospital porter in BBC TV Series Holby City on his last day at work following his resignation having won the National Lottery. He has an altercation with a patient's relative and receives a bang on the head, and he becomes increasingly lairy during the episode, at one point making a pass at Connie Beauchamp; people assume he is drunk, but it transpires that he has a developed a Subdural hematoma as a result of the knock on the head.
Day has appeared as a pundit on the long-running BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Pundit Quiz Fighting Talk on a number of occasions, and is most notable for swearing during a live broadcast during a show in 2009. This was later edited out on the Podcast version of the show.
Day appeared in an online-only version of The Fast Show sponsored by Lager brand Fosters on 10 November 2011 along with original cast save for Mark Williams.
In 2012, he published his autobiography, 'Comedy and Error: They Really Were Marvellous Times'.
Day's teenage life was troubled: he was addicted to alcohol, drugs and gambling and spent some time in borstal for theft. He continued to take illegal drugs including cocaine and crack cocaine into the 1990s at the height of his Fast Show fame.
After failing to pass his driving test for charity during the 2003 Comic Relief Programme, Day later went on to gain an automatic driving licence. He is married to Ruth, a former waitress, with whom he has two children, Lloyd and Evie.
The Fast Show roles
- Alcoholic Son
- Antonios Gubba, from Chanel 9
- Billy Bleach
- Carl Hooper
- Competitive Dad
- Dave Angel, Eco-Warrior
- Football Host
- Gideon Soames, architecture expert
- Jeremy Kwee, a 'white witch doctor' who appears on the Jazz Club segment, intended as a parody of Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay.
- John Actor, who plays Inspector Monkfish
- Tommy Cockles
Brian Pern - My Life In Rock.
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