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Dave Allen (comedian)

David Tynan O'Mahony (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005), known professionally as Dave Allen, was an Irish observational comedian[2] and satirist.[3]

Initially becoming known in Australia during 1963–64, Allen made regular television appearances in the United Kingdom from the later 1960s and until the mid-1980s. The BBC aired his Dave Allen Show 1972–1986,[4] which was also exported to several other European countries.[5] His career had a major resurgence during the late 1980s and early 1990s. At the height of his career, he was Britain's most controversial comedian, regularly provoking indignation at his frequent highlighting of political hypocrisy and disregard for religious authority. His television shows were also broadcast in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, former Yugoslavia, Australia and New Zealand.

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