Dave Spikey is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his comedy career with a new tour.

Juggling On A Motorbike rides into King’s Hall, Ilkley, on February 15 as part of its journey around the UK.

The show will see the Lancashire-based comic look back on his remarkable life and incredible journey from working-class lad to Chief Biomedical Scientist.

It will focus on his dramatic switch to much-loved comedy performer and writer via Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, Dead Man Weds, Magnolia, The Royal Variety Show and Parkinson.

Dave Spikey had been working in the NHS for 19 years as a Biomedical Scientist when in 1987 someone uttered the immortal words, “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian” and for some reason, he took them seriously.

Only a few months later he was crowned the winner of the national talent show Stairway to the Stars.

Larry Grayson, one of the judges, told him that it was a close-run thing on the night but what clinched the award for Dave was his routine about a juggler on a motorbike.

Fast forward 13 years to Friday the 13th in October 2000 - the day Dave switched off his microscope for the last time in the Haematology Laboratory.

The following Monday he found himself sitting on a rain-swept local car park dressed as a giant berry! Dave often reflects that maybe none of this would have happened and he might still be looking down his microscope today if it wasn’t for the juggler on a motorbike.

Also coming up at King’s Hall is Mark Watson, on February 17, with his skilful, anecdotal stand-up.

Visit bradford-theatres.co.uk or call 01274 432000 to book tickets for the shows.