One of the country’s most popular comedians is performing at Gala Theatre as he marks 30 years in the industry.

Dave Spikey, best known for writing and co-starring in award-winning Phoenix Nights alongside fellow comedian Peter Kay, brings his Juggling on a Motorbike tour to the venue on Thursday, 25 January.

The 30th anniversary show will see the Lancashire-based comic look back on his life, which saw him spend 19 years as a biomedical scientist for the NHS before turning to comedy.

After winning national talent show Stairway to the Stars thanks to his unique routine about a juggler on a motorbike in 1987, it was another 13 years before he gave up his day job in the Haematology Laboratory at Royal Bolton Hospital and make comedy his full time career.

The comic, who was previously team captain on hit TV show Eight out of Ten Cats as well as hosting the new version of Bullseye, will share highlights from his successful career and how a routine 30 years ago completely changed his life.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £16.50 and can be bought at or by calling the box office on 03000 266 600.