They say you should never meet your heroes…but surely that depends on who your heroes are? If your Mum or Dad is your hero then, that’s hardly the best advice.
One of Dave’s heroes is the comedian Mark Thomas. If you aren’t familiar with him, he’s best known for his political stunts on his show, The Mark Thomas Comedy Product on Channel 4 where he purchased 100 burgers outside a major fast food vendor and then then set up a burger van up outside to resell them, organises his own local referendum and interviewed several MPs dressed as a bear.
Basically he does a lot of silly stuff to make a serious point.
And when you look at what he’s achieved, it’s impressive.
He has written 5 books, curated and authored 2 art exhibitions, held a Guinness World Record, has taken the police to court 3 times and has won twice, won 5 awards for performing, 3 for human rights work and 1 he invented for himself.
It’s actually awards that we were wanting to talk to him about in his new show Check Up: Our NHS at 70.
Mark is 54, the NHS is 70, and the UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84, the NHS will be 100. What will they both look like?
If audience reaction is anything to go by, it’s a stonker of a show. He sold out his Edinburgh Fringe run once again with tickets like gold dust.
Not only that, he won the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award this August, which he taunted Dave with.
However, one of the best accolades he has is that he has disapproved the phrase ‘don’t meet your heroes’. He proved nothing but fun, funny and great to talk to. Before he went on his UK tour he took a few moments out of helping his Mum move flat to speak to Gerry & Dave all about the show.