David Reed

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David started his acting career with multi-award winning sketch trio The Penny Dreadfuls, with whom he performed in five stage shows at the Edinburgh Festival receiving over thirty five-star reviews. They found their home on BBC Radio 4, with David as main writer, in no less than seven radio plays to date. In 2011 David performed his debut solo show Shamblehouse, a one man sketch comedy for the Edinburgh Fringe, to great critical acclaim.

Television credits include EndeavourSS-GBSiblingsDriftersLoadedDamnedFrankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me and three series of Scottish cult hit Gary: Tank Commander.

David is also a talented improviser. Starting at Edinburgh’s prestigious Stand Comedy Club in 2003, he is regularly seen on London’s improv circuit. Previously he’s performed with West End hit Showstopper!: The Improvised Musical, coached the team of Austentatious: an Improvised Jane Austen Novel and appeared on BBC Two’s Fast and Loose.


There is no questioning it: David Reed is cool. He owns the room before the show even starts

★★★★★  – Fringe Review

“Sharply-written character pieces performed with the skill you might expect from a former member of The Penny Dreadfuls… An inspired piece of surreal comedy that thoroughly engaged a packed house.”

★★★★ Chortle

“Reed is a master of the thrown-in detail that snags your sympathy for a character… There’s no shortage of heart and soul in Reed’s work – and it’s this that makes it soar”

The Independent


“The Penny Dreadfuls… are a special joy.”

The Independent

“Think A Bit of Fry and Laurie with a dash of Ripping Yarns and a twist of Big Train…Grab the chance to catch the Dreadfuls live”

The Guardian