Dave Allen (born David O'Mahoney) was an Irish comedian whose trademark style consisted of him sitting on a bar stool, occasionally sipping from a glass of whiskey, and ruminating on matters ranging from the hypocrisies of organised religion to the generation gap. He is best remembered in Britain for his long running series, Dave Allen at Large, which mixed his stand up routine with handsomely mounted filmed sketches (often involving priests or, for some reason, mexican bandits). Dave Allen has been incredibly influential on the British comedy scene and his style of 'Sketches linked by stand-up' has been adapted by comedians ranging from Jasper Carrott to Stewart Lee. He died in March 2005.
Tropes associated with Dave Allen
- The Alcoholic: Allen always performed with a glass of something next to him. He parodied it:Allen: People often ask me what's in this glass. Whisky? Gin? Rum? Brandy? (pause) Yes.
- Bait-and-Switch: Subverted in one sketch, which featured Allen as Frankenstein's monster approaching a young girl, while elsewhere a woman is crying "my baby, has anyone seen my baby". Finally she approaches the monster and the young girl, picks up the young girl and turns to the camera and says "Okay, hands up those of you who thought I was talking about the monster"
- Black Comedy Rape: Averted last-second:The Viking Leader: Plunder and rape! Plunder and rape!The Village Crone: Yessssss! Plunder and rape!The Viking Leader: Plunder! Plunder!
- Disaster Dominoes: One sketch has a literal version; a priest leans against the back pew of his church, which collapses, knocking the rest down.
- Laughing at Your Own Jokes: He once apologized to the audience for laughing at one of his jokes.Sorry, I've only just heard that one.
- Monde Green: Allen's childhood recollections of his introduction to religion feature (naturally) very funny versions of these. A notable one is from when he first attended a funeral and misheard the attending priest's blessing as "In the name of the father, and the son, and into the hole he goes".
- Ms. Fanservice: Jacqueline Clarke, no mean comic actress herself, who provided glamour, cleavage and in one or two sketches, even visible nudity.note
- Multiple-Choice Past: The top half of his left forefinger was missing. When asked why this was, Allen never gave the same story twice.
- Precision F-Strike. The use of which caused questions to be asked in the House of Commons. It revolved around a rant about all through your working life, you are governed by the clock and when you finally retire and escape from this, what do you get "A fucking clock!"
- Puddle-Covering Chivalry: In a sketch on Dave Allen at Large, Raleigh puts his coat over a puddle for the queen, only for her to fall into a several feet deep puddle, disappearing.
- Shout-Out: A notable example involved a sketch in which a priest walks past a baptismal font, which starts following him. As he get closer to the altar, the font starts shrieking "EX-TERM-IN-ATE! EX-TERM-IN-ATE!". The priest ducks behind his pulpit, which promptly disappears as the familiar grinding noise of the TARDIS is heard.
- Significant Anagram: In one of his sketches. It begins by anagrams making fun of his own name, from "Eel Vandal" to "Anal Delve" (which even squicks out Allen). Then he fires Take That! anagrams to British celebs left and right.
- Strip Poker: One sketch featured Allen as an elderly man in an invalid chair having a duel with another elderly man in an invalid chair. Each chair was pushed by a young female nurse, and each man had a second for the duel, the seconds being young handsome men. The "duel" consisted of the nurses taking turns to remove items of their own clothing, while the elderly men got more and more flustered and aroused; as soon as the nurses got naked, the elderly men perished from heart attacks, and each nurse skipped off with the opponent's second.
- Take That!: Organised religion; although his famous catchphrase used to close off his shows 'Goodnight, and may your God go with you' showed he had nothing against religious people themselves.
- Trick Arrow:Robin Hood: This arrow shoots around corners!Merry Man: Can't be true!Robin Hood: (swoosh!) (ARGH!) (drops dead)Merry Man: It is true...