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Great Irish comedian.
Allen's act was typified by a relaxed, intimate and slightly melancholy style. He sat on a high bar stool facing his audience, smoking and occasionally sipping from a glass of what he always allowed people to assume was whiskey, but in fact was merely ginger ale with ice. At the height of his career he was Britain's most controversial comedian, regularly provoking indignation at his frequent highlighting of political hypocrisy and his disregard for religious authority. His style was observational rather than gag-driven.
Allen made his first television appearance on the BBC talent show New Faces in 1959 and by 1967 was hosting his own comedy/chat series, Tonight with Dave Allen, made by ATV, which earned him the Variety Club's ITV Personality of the Year Award.
He signed with the BBC in 1968 and appeared on The Dave Allen Show, a variety/comedy sketch series. This was followed, from 1971 to 1979, by Dave Allen at Large. The shows introduced his solo joke-telling-while-sitting-on-a-stool-and-drinking routine.
Allen made his final series for the BBC in 1990 and his
final show for ITV in 1993, after which he went into semi-retirement, spending
much of his time on his hobby of painting.
* "Margaret" is Margaret Scotcher, the Front-of-House Manager of the Devonshire Park Theatre.