Playwright & Comedian
"Reed is a master of the thrown-in detail that snags your sympathy for a character." - The Indepedent
David began his career with multi-award winning comedy trio The Penny Dreadfuls, with whom he wrote and starred in five Edinburgh Fringe shows, two series of The Brothers Faversham for the BBC, followed by a string of hour long comedy radio plays.
In 2011 he brought Shamblehouse to the festival, a solo character comedy show about lost souls.
He's since appeared in television drama series SS-GB, Father Brown and Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me playing comedy legend Peter Cook, as well as sitcoms Siblings, Loaded & Drifters and recurring roles on Endeavour, Gary: Tank Commander & Damned.
A talented improviser, he has performed on BBC Two's Fast & Loose, Olivier Award winning Showstopper: The Improvised Musical and is a regular guest with The Comedy Store Players.
He is the creator of spoof interview show Inside the Comedian.
"From the moment he walks on stage, Reed is completely believable as each of his characters. This is not the masks and wigs school of character comedy. Reed is a superb actor and embraces the full physicality of each of his creations, and yet there is always a flicker of the man himself smiling knowingly and joyfully out of his eyes."
"Dodging and diving between characters as deftly as can be hoped for, he doesn’t appear to even pause for breath, let alone drop one of the many balls he simultaneously keeps in the air. This show is deliciously mad... batty entertainment for all ages—enjoy!"
"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."
"His control of the space and the attention of his audience are beyond question. Whenever his characters enter into pure narrative he invokes a rapt silence, and on occasion draws laughs from the audience with little more than a glance."
"The darkness of the humour put the laughter on hold as the audience collectively held their breath for the denouement... Reed knew exactly what he was doing and he appeared confident in his ability to control the audience's response: he knew the laughter would return when he willed it."
"There is no questioning it: David Reed is cool. He owns the room before the show even starts. But he’s also really likeable, clearly enjoying himself, and throwing so much energy and commitment into his work that it’s near impossible not to be attracted by it. Billed as a one-man sketch show, this actually is some of the finest character comedy I’ve ever seen."