Greg still top of the class
HE might have spent the past few years playing the class lunatic, but former teacher and comic Greg Davies has grown up, apparently.
Hopefully this late-in-life maturation won't leech the silliness out of his act, and judging by the title of his newest tour — The Back of My Mum's Head — it is still likely to be a pleasingly daft affair.
He explains: "I took this picture of the back of her head on a beach in Wales while we were having a day out, and it just made me laugh so much.
"She's furious about it because it was taken the day before she had her hair cut. She thinks it's terrible."
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But on a serious note, "It's an entirely new show," says Greg, "about growing up, about when you finally admit that you're an adult, and you're fully accountable and you can't blame your parents any more."
The 6ft 8in funnyman pitches up at Swansea's Grand Theatre on Monday at 7.30pm, graduating from the arts wing to the main stage this time, since his TV appearances have given the live shows a boost in audience numbers.
And playing on home turf, he says, should please his patriotic dad.
"My father's a very proud Welshman.
"He wanted a Welsh rugby player, but he ended up with a fat comedian. I'm a terrible disappointment!"
"My parents weren't even living in Wales when my mother went into labour, but he drove her over the border to make sure I was born here."
A regular on our TV screens these days, making an imposing figure on This is Klang and Have I Got News for You, there is of course, one role in particular that he has become synonymous with — that of Mr Gilbert in the teen TV show The Inbetweeners.
"People shout Mr Gilbert at me, but increasingly they're calling me Greg Davies as well, which is nice," he says.
Greg is also known for his comic collaborations with Rhod Gilbert, and the pair are cooking up some new mischief.
"Rhod's a dear friend, and we've got an iron in the fire," Greg explains, "but I can't say too much at the moment."