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David Eagle (born 1985) is a singer and comedian from Hartlepool, England.

He first came to prominence as part of the folk group The Young'uns. Together they have won Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2015 and 2016.[1][2][3] With The Young'uns he performed as part of the 40th Anniversary Tour of Peter Bellamy's The Transports. Eagle has been blind since he was nine months old[4], often using it for comic effect both during The Young'uns and stand up gigs:

"At a London gig a couple of years back, Eagle, who is blind, walked on stage, collided with the microphone and shot back: “I’m not blind really. I’m just doing it for effect.” Revealing now that, on another occasion, he fell of the stage, he says: “I love it when something happens. I mean, obviously, it hurts. But how can you do a bad gig with an opening like that, when people are laughing before the first song?”"[5]

David Eagle began performing stand up in 2018 and in November 2018 he won the title of 'Nottingham Comedy Festival New Comedian of the Year'[6]. In April 2019 David won the Bath Comedy Festival New Act Competition.[7][8] The Bath Echo's review of the competition final described Eagle's performance as "...an utterly brilliant set in which he exploits every comic advantage that his blindness gives, with uproarious gags that take in Australian brashness, Brexit, and sex toys along the way; some of it clearly improvised on the night, but all of it constantly hilarious, gag on gag, leaving an audience gasping in admiration, and applause that goes on for minutes."[9]

In May 2019 he supported both Tom Wrigglesworth[10] and Boothby Graffoe[11] at stand up gigs with Graffoe tweeting "just seen the future of stand up comedy and his name is thedavideagle"[12]

In October 2019 Eagle will compete in the final of Sussex Comedian of the Year.[13] He made it through to the heats of BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award, and competed in the third heat in Leicester in July 2019, finishing as a runner up.[14] He was 2nd place in The Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year competition.[15]

  1. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 2015, Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015 - Folk Awards 2015 - The Winners!". BBC.
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - The Winners". BBC.
  3. ^ Irwin, Colin (May 28, 2015). "The Young'uns review – an irresistible set from the folk group of the year" – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. ^ Folkall (2015-04-25). "Folk All: THE YOUNG'UNS". Folk All. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (2017-10-11). "The Young'uns: 'We were out busking and a bystander said,". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  6. ^ peterfox76 (2018-11-08). "Nottingham Comedy Festival new comedian of the Year". nottscomedyreview. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  7. ^ "News: Bath New Act Final Results". Beyond The Joke. 2019-04-16. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  8. ^ Guide, British Comedy (2019-04-17). "David Eagle wins Bath New Act Competition 2019". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  9. ^ "Review | New Act Competition: Grand Final - Widcombe Social Club". Bath Echo. 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
  10. ^ "Square Hole Comedy".
  11. ^ "Moor Laughs VII - Boothby Graffoe + David Eagle & Rob Mulholland". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  12. ^ Graffoe, Boothby (2019-05-19). "just seen the future of stand up comedy and his name is @thedavideagle". @boobygraffoe. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  13. ^ "Sussex Comedian of the Year (@SussexComedian) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  14. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award, 2019, Heat 3". BBC. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  15. ^ Wilson, Kevin (2019-07-27). "EY UP! HUGEST CONGRATULATIONS to @DavidBawden4 who was tonight crowned The Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year 2019. Second place was @thedavideagle and 3rd @UmbyWinters with the final taking place at @grandoperayork @yorkfringepic.twitter.com/00flIGW9C3". @KevinWilsonPR. Retrieved 2019-08-10.