Greg Davies's favourite childhood activities
The star of BBC's 'Cuckoo' shares some of his favourite boyhood larks
Adulthood is the central theme of comedy giant Greg Davies's new show. But Ben Williams discovers he hasn't lost his silly side as he shares some of his favourite childhook activities.
He may be taller than several children standing on top of each other, but Greg Davies is a childish man. He revels in retelling ridiculously silly stories on stage of his family’s eccentric behaviour and his schoolteaching days, relishing life’s silliest moments.
But in the 44-year-old stand-up’s latest show, which makes its way to London next week, his key themes are growing up and being more responsible. Has the master of silly ceremonies gone all serious on us? Luckily not, I find out, as the star of BBC comedy ‘Cuckoo’ tells me about the unconventional games he’d play growing up in ’80s Shropshire.
‘The county’s activities for children have since vastly improved,’ he does wish to stress…
‘Myself and some kids on our estate became obsessed with the creation of the ultimate go-kart. This ambition culminated in the creation of a six-man super-cart, which was essentially a plank of wood with four wheels, and a failed attempt to jump a tributary of the River Severn powered only by Rex, our dog.’
2. The Rex Fashion Show
‘Speaking of Rex, for a laugh my sister and I would dress him up in our dad’s underpants and socks. This always ended with Rex protesting in the only way he knew how and us attempting to get soiled clothing into a bin before our dad noticed.’
3. Danger: Unexploded Cow Pat
‘I once bought some enormous fireworks that were literally the size of sticks of dynamite. We would go into the field behind our house, slide them into the biggest cow pats we could find and blow them sky high. It was exhilarating, and, for the cows, incredibly confusing.’
4. Mad Helmet Murderer
‘My sister and I would take it in turns to wear an old motorbike helmet that was gathering dust in our garage. One person would hide in a bush while the other popped the helmet on, closed their eyes and counted to a hundred, and then came looking. This game would always end in the same way: with a child being smashed over the head with a cricket bat.’
5. Get Mum
‘This was my favourite childhood game. I would spend a lot of time setting up an accident scene where it appeared that I had seriously hurt myself – hedge-cutter, ketchup, that sort of thing. When my sister happened upon the scene of horror I would lift my head and pathetically plead for her to “get mum”. No matter what she might tell you today, my sister fell for this 100 percent of the time.’