Leicester Comedy Legends: How Greg Davies gets the biggest laughs
At 6ft 8in, Greg Davies is certainly a comedy giant – but is he a comedy legend?
The teacher-turned-comic is one of 20 entertainers vying for your vote in our first Legend of Comedy award.
Like the best of them, he first popped on our radar when he performed at the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition.
He didn't win the 2003 contest, but towering over his competitors – who included Simon Amstell and Rhod Gilbert – he impressed our reviewer.
"Greg Davies – all 6ft 8in of him – got the first big laughs as he took the rise out of his Australian girlfriend who thought Lord of the Rings was rubbish because it was 'pure fantasy'," wrote Tom Pegden.
Greg returned to the county in 2007 as one third of We Are Klang – an anarchic sketch troupe who appeared on BBC Three two years later.
Reporter Mark Charlton had a natter with him before shows in Hinckley and Loughborough and asked him about his string of successes and awards.
He modestly said: "Well... I try!"
After a gap for probably his best-known work, as the head of sixth form in The Inbetweeners, Greg and his We Are Klang cohorts performed at Curve for the 2010 comedy festival.
"Highlights included Davies performing as magician Derek Chilblain, ably assisted by his Debbie McGee – Steve Hall wearing nothing but a blonde wig," wrote reviewer Kirstie Witherington. "The World Insult Championships kicked off the second half in style as the trio encouraged the audience to partake in abuse.
"Anarchic, escapist comedy at its best."
He was back at the festival last year, with the Greg Davies and Friends show at De Montfort Hall, again reviewed by Kirstie.
She wrote: "As if an appearance by the big man himself wasn't enough for comedy fans, Davies pulled out all the stops to ensure his show, in aid of the Stroke Association, was one to remember.
"Davies ably compered with delightfully puerile humour about silly school nicknames, while bantering with his buddies throughout."
"An excellent night for an excellent cause."
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