The Spotlight on... Tony Dunn

Tuesday, June 23 2009

By day he tears the world of insurance a new a-hole. By night he repeats this feat in the comedy arena, conning promoters everywhere into giving him headline slots by pretending to be Stephen Merchant. That's right - it's Tony Dunn!

Tony was constantly haunted by the spectre of Georgian- period diseases

Name: Tony Dunn

Where do you live?: In south London near Clapham Junction (aka Clap J or The Junk).

How long have you been gigging for?: I started gigging regularly about 18 months ago.

What do you do?: I work in an office for an insurance company, in the evenings I manufacture and distribute amusement.

Who makes you laugh?: Big-time comedians who I really like include Mitch Hedberg, Glenn Wool, Doug Stanhope, Tom Stade and Daniel Kitson. Of the comedians I have gigged with often, no one has made me laugh more than George Ryegold and out of the muggles my sister is pretty funny, she is a social worker seemingly unburdened by human feelings of compassion.

At which London venues do you usually appear?: I can be seen every second Wednesday at Scurvy Wednesdays at the Islington Tap where I am the regular compere. I also tend to play the Bath House a lot.

What is your favourite London venue?: The Comedy Store is a pretty special place to perform.

What are you/should you be famous for?: When I was thirteen I dressed as a giant dog and simulated urination against the leg of Paul Gascoigne.

What is your placing in the Top Million Comedians League?: Probably about 100,000th but I haven't played many ranking events this year.

Which celebrity do you look like?: Stephen Merchant [Ed - apologies, Tony, it's not normally this obvious].

Whose sex face would you least like to see?: Madeline McCann's - just kidding I'd love to see it because that would mean she is ok.

Audiences love it when I... use the MF swearword.

Audiences hate it when I... try to close the set with a show tune.


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