COMING up in January at The Mart Theatre, Skipton is the hilarious Dave Spikey for an evening of laughter.

In his show on Friday, January 26, Dave will invite the audience into his life in a northern town. From his humble working class childhood in the small terraced houses round the mills in Bolton through passing his 11-plus and going to grammar school with an ambition to be a doctor which was thwarted just after his O- levels.

Aged 16, he got a job in the Pathology department at Bolton General Hospital where he worked for 32 years ultimately as Chief Biomedical Scientist in Haematology before throwing caution to the wind and leaving to pursue a career in comedy.

He will tell how he turned his microscope off for the last time on October 13 2000 and two weeks later found himself on a car park only half a mile down the road singing “Walking on Sunshine” in the pouring rain on a makeshift stage dressed as a giant berry. He wondered at that moment if he had made the right decision - and as it turns out, he had.

Dave Spikey is at The Mart Theatre at 7.30pm on January 26. All tickets £18; booking at: