CV & Press
The silver-tongued warrior The Spectator
David Whitney doesn’t do bog-standard knob jokes. His are so good, you’d tell them to your own mother. Broadway Baby
“Whitney himself proves a safe pair of hands, with impertinent questions about the relationship status of many in the audience providing dependable laughs”
Gruff, Topical and reliably entertaining David Whitney”
The Independent (reviewing a show at Nottingham Glee Club) Aug 2013
But whoever the ‘real’ David Whitney is, one thing is certain: that he’s got a well-defined sense of comedy which – when delivered with the impassioned hard sell he gives to all his routine – guarantees laughs. Chortle
I call Whitney ‘The Wit’. You can’t stop him; you can only hope to contain him.
Reginald D. Hunter
Complete with a barrel-load of gags… Whitney is a pleasure to watch. ED uncovered
flashes of inspiration…thundering through for the next gag, he is very professional
keeps the audience within striking distance with his witty off-hand observations and exaggerated bravado. You could really do a lot worse than an hour of enjoyably humorous company with this amiable and honest pro. Three weeks
Eddie Pepitone said on twitter: “david! you are hilarious! and everyone should see your show at ed fringe!”
Will Self after seeing the show “very Funny I’m going to keep my eye on you”
Magnus Betnér said on twitter “Whitney is so funny he makes you want to get your dick out” (an old Swedish complement, I believe)
the comedian finds a third gear, and then a fourth and then we’re flying, with dick jokes being liberally tossed at the audience and vajazzle quips tripping off the tongue. They’re good, too. David Whitney doesn’t do bog-standard knob jokes. His are so good, you’d tell them to your own mother. Broadway Baby
Comedians can sometimes hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Take, David Whitney, who made the papers after an incident with a heckler at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe.
Now though, he will be talked about for all the right reasons after performing a superb headline set at the Comedy Cellar on Friday.
David Whitney is a graduate of the Mitch Benn school of delivery; a powerful baritone who hectors the audience into listening by sheer force of conviction. It’s very theatrical, not entirely convincing, but demonstrably effective.
That style knocks on to the material. You’re not entirely sure whether some of the things he says are genuine – claiming to be an ex-pilot, for instance – or simply a contrivance to provide a gag or two. But other aspects of his life – that he was in the Army, that he’s Scottish despite having a pronounced English accent, or that had a bungled encounter with Nicole Kidman in a hotel – have more of a ring of truth.
But whoever the ‘real’ David Whitney is, one thing is certain: that he’s got a well-defined sense of comedy which – when delivered with the impassioned hard sell he gives to all his routine – guarantees laughs. There are certainly a genuine spirit of fun in his set, alongside some decent gags, even if they’re mixed with some more pedestrian American-bashing swipes or workaday observations about the things you can’t take on planes.
He’s still a relatively new act, having only started in 2006, but once he’s more clear about his comic voice and persona, he has the performance skills and innate humour to be able to pull it off.
CHORTLE Sep 2007 Steve Bennett