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David has done over 70 Television shows over the last 25 years including the most recent, an episode of NBC’S hit TV show “Last Comic Standing”. In Canada, David was the host of Global TV’s hit sports trivia game show “Game On!” and “Get a Grip on Golf”, two shows that were seen coast to coast in Canada Sunday afternoons
after NFL football. In October of 2007 David hosted a one hour special called “Thunderball” in front of a live audience of 1000 in Las Vegas, featuring 16 of the world’s longest drivers of the golf ball. Since his appearances on “SCTV” and “BIZARRE”, David has been on “An Evening at the Improv”, 3 appearances on “Open Mike with Mike Bullard”, “The Kids in the Hall”, The “Tom Green Show”, 4 episodes of “Comedy at Club 54”, “Off the Record” “Fins and Skins”, “Cooking with Comics”, “Yuk Yuk’s the TV Show”, “Halifax Comedy Festival” and had his own half-hour comedy special on CBC’s, ”Comics!”.
The concert theater is his true love playing such famous stages as The Stratford Festival Theatre, The Shaw Festival Theatre, The Blythe Festival Theatre and as opening act at The Ford Centre with Maureen Forrester and Michael Burgess, Roy Thomson Hall with Engelbert Humperdinck, The Sanderson Centre and The Imperial Room with Neil Sedaka, The Casino Rama Events Pavillion with Michael Bolton, The Kingswood Music Hall with The Beach Boys, The Okeefe Centre with Howie Mandel, The National Arts Centre, The Hummingbird Centre, Hamilton Place, Centennial Hall and The Olympic Theatre with Steven Wright, The Ottawa Civic Centre with Roch Voisine, The Centre in The Square, The Chrysler Theatre and Convocation Hall with Weird Al Yankovic, Superstars with Jerry Seinfeld, Stages with Kris Kristofferson, The Niagara Falls Convention Centre with Tommy Chong, Canisius College Theatre with Steve Landesburg and Rich Hall, The Danforth Music Hall with Billy Newton Davis and The Nylons.
From a magic standpoint David has performed at “Monday Night Magic”, off Broadway’s longest running magic show, The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach and an extended six week run at the Second City in Toronto with his One Man Show “DON’T PANIC REMAIN.COM” nominated for a 2003 Canadian Comedy Award.
Comedy wise David has performed at such notable comedy showcase clubs as New York’s Catch a Rising Star, Stand up New York, in Los Angeles at The Improv, The Laff Factory, The Comedy Store and The Icehouse and in Vegas in the Riviera and Tropicana Hotels.
David has performed on cruise ships in the Caribbean and Mediterranean and has performed in such far away places as St. Kitts, Bermuda, Greece, Alert (NWT), Lake Tahoe, Monte Carlo, Amsterdam, Tucson, Maui, Walt Disney World, Yellowknife, Venezuela, Gothaab (Greenland), Goose Bay, Palm Springs, Queen Charlotte Islands, Barbadoes, Malaga (Spain) Atlantic City, Key Largo, Iqaluit and Los Cabos Mexico.
He has written jokes for Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers and has been a contributing writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. David was comedy and magic consultant on the motion picture Dinner at Freds, starring Christopher Lloyd, for Paragon Pictures.
As a professional golfer, David has played on The Canadian Tour, The Great Lakes Tour and The North Atlantic Tour. He keeps extremely busy zipping around the planet doing his very popular golf outings as THE GOLF COMIC, offering lessons, a clinic and comedy show package to the corporate golf market. Highlights include the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach, the Canadian Skins Game and Mike Weirs Celebrity Pro Am.
Studying "close up" sleight of hand magic with three of the world's best, Derek Dingle, Ariel Frailich and Howard Shwartzman, David became a true "card mechanic" and gave demonstrations of gambling techniques utilizing false shuffles, bottom and second dealing and various card cheat ruses. Through his research he became bitten with the whole world of gambling and it's most entertaining characters. He soon was introduced to a gentleman in Toronto who revised the most revered modern day blackjack system ever invented. He studied and practiced the techniques until mastered. With his new found knowledge off to Las Vegas he went. In 1981 he made it to the third round of the World Blackjack championships. He played on his humble savings for several months until by chance met up with a professional blackjack team member living in his apartment complex. He made the team and played with them for several months until he was awoken in the night to a gunshot in the apartment next door. He moved back to Toronto two days later. Several years later he started toying with a "rumor" he heard in Las Vegas about an anomaly of the roulette table and formulated a strategy. After 25,000 spins and two years of research, his book "Reinventing the Wheel" containing advanced roulette procedures was printed and has since gone into second print.
David currently plays poker semi professionally as his comedy and magic travels continually take him to the gambling meccas of Atlantic City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In 2006 he qualified and played in two events at the WORLD SERIES OF POKER. missing the money in both events, however.....during that week when all the world's best were in town for the "Series" he played in the Saturday night main event poker tournament at Caeser's Palace and bested 175 other people to capture his first big payday and "no limit" Texas hold em poker tournament.
He now lives in Toronto with his wife Cathy and 3 sons Adam, Brian and Michael!
David Merry Career Highlights
* TV HOST: CANADA’S NATIONAL SPORTS TRIVIA SHOW “GAME ON” AND CANADA’S NATIONAL GOLF SHOW “GET A GRIP ON GOLF”
* TV HOST: US NATIONAL GOLF LONG DRIVE SHOW “THUNDERBALL”
* NOMINATED BEST “ONE MAN SHOW” CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS
Guest Shots On:
“LAST COMIC STANDING” * “THE KIDS IN THE HALL” * “SCTV”
“ BIZARRE” * “AMERICA”S FUNNIEST PEOPLE”
“AN EVENING AT THE IMPROV” * “TOM GREEN SHOW”
“OPEN MIKE” with MIKE BULLARD” * “FINS AND SKINS”
“COMICS” * “COMEDY AT CLUB 54” * “OFF THE RECORD”
JUST FOR LAUGHS * CBC HALIFAX COMEDY FESTIVAL
Opening Act In Concert For:
JERRY SEINFELD (3 times) * MICHAEL BOLTON
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON (2 times) * TOMMY CHONG
HOWIE MANDEL * ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
THE BEACH BOYS * NEIL SEDAKA * SMOTHERS BROTHERS
Has Toured With: Written Jokes For:
STEVEN WRIGHT RODNEY DANGERFIELD
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC JOAN RIVERS
Casinos, Magic and Specialty Shows:
TROPICANA HOTEL AND CASINO (Vegas and Atlantic City) regular performer
HOLLAND AMERICA, NORWEGIAN, PRINCESS regular performer
2006 INTERNATIONAL MAGIC GALA (Shaw Theatre London England)
COMEDY AND MAGIC CLUB (Hermosa Beach, California) regular performer
TORONTO’S “SECOND CITY” (MAINSTAGE) One Man Show (six week run)
“MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC” NYC (Off Broadway’s longest running magic show)
SIEGFRIED & ROY’S WORLD MAGIC SEMINAR (2005 Gala Host) Las Vegas
2000 UNITED STATES OPEN (Pebble Beach Golf Links) featured performer
2003, 05 CANADIAN COMEDY FESTIVAL * 2001 TELUS SKINS GAME
2004 CBC HALIFAX COMEDY FESTIVAL * 2005 CBC WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL * CALGARY WINTER OLYMPICS featured performer
2002, 3, 4, 5, 6 HANK LEE’S CAPE COD CONCLAVE performer and host
“A LITTLE NIGHT MAGIC” (Toronto’s long running magic dinner theatre)
MAGIC CASTLE (Hollywood CA) * THURSTON’S MAGIC BAR (Buffalo NY)
VIVA DEBRIS COMEDY AND MAGIC CLUB (Syracuse, New York)
2002 ABBOTT’S MAGIC GET TOGETHER featured performer
RIVIERA COMEDY CLUB (Las Vegas) * FALLSVIEW CASINO
CASINO RAMA*CASINO WINDSOR * CASINO NIAGARA * CASINO REGINA