Dave Chawner

Dave's a number 1 best-selling author, award-winning stand up, presenter & mental health campaigner. 



Dave's 1st Edinburgh show, Normally Abnormal, sensitively used humour to explore his anorexic past. The show received critical acclaim, had sell-out shows and went on UK tour. As a result, the show was given an award by The UK's Eating Disorder Charity  at The Houses Of Parliament in 2014. 



In 2015 Dave was asked to give a TED Talk on the topic of eating disorders. This caught the attention of a publisher and he was asked to write a book based on his experiences. This became Weight Expectations - part memoir, part self-help guide aiming to engage, entertain and educate people about anorexia.



Since then Dave has gone on to do shows about adult circumcision, veganism, philosophy and mental health. 



In 2023 he won Pegasus' Comedy Awards 'Ongoing Comedian Of The Year' at The Edinburgh Fringe.



Dave has been a stand-in for BBC's Mock The Week & Channel 4's Taskmaster and has appeared on BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, ITV's Lorraine, Jeremy Vine On 5, Radio 1, Radio 2 & Radio 4. His comedy special 'Mental' has recently been uploaded to 'NextUp'



He has written for National newspapers including The Guardian, The Telegraph and Metro as well as numerous magazines including Cosmopolitan, GQ and Men's Fitness.



Dave is patron of the award-winning Midlands based eating disorder charity First Steps, a patron of the mental health charity Recovery Assistance Dogs (AKA RAD), and a patron of Oakleaf in Guildford. He is a founding member of The Speaker's Collective. He is Mental Health First Aid trained & a media ambassador for Mind, The Mental Health Foundation  and Beat.