The Divine David
May 31, 2012 2:26 PM   Subscribe

David Hoyle (born 1963) is an English performance artist, avant-garde cabaret artist, singer, actor, comedian and film director. In the 1990s he developed an extremely strange, extremely gay "anti-drag queen" character called The Divine David and produced two series for Channel 4, back when that channel was still unafraid of pushing the boundaries. These were:

The Divine David Presents (SLYT)
The Divine David Heals (SLYT)

He also appeared in the video for the last single released to date by Faith No More - I Started A Joke of course being a Bee Gees cover - which is unaccountably set in a northern English working men's club.
posted by GallonOfAlan (10 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
of course that's just standard street looks now.
posted by The Whelk at 2:27 PM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Channel 4 being a UK TV channel on air since 1992 and with a public service remit:

The public service remit for Channel 4 is the provision of a broad range of high quality and diverse programming which, in particular:

demonstrates innovation, experiment and creativity in the form and content of programmes;
appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society;
makes a significant contribution to meeting the need for the licensed public service channels to include programmes of an educational nature and other programmes of educative value; and
exhibits a distinctive character.

posted by GallonOfAlan at 2:30 PM on May 31, 2012

Same guy: The World Is Burning Let's Masturbate
posted by Daddy-O at 2:33 PM on May 31, 2012 [6 favorites]

Ha go for it Dave.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 2:35 PM on May 31, 2012

That's a great vid for the I Started a Joke link. And hey! It's got Martin Freeman in it.
posted by NoMich at 3:15 PM on May 31, 2012

Missed this at the time somehow, splendid stuff.
posted by Abiezer at 3:31 PM on May 31, 2012

Uncle David - trailer.
posted by unliteral at 9:48 PM on May 31, 2012

I first saw Hoyle as Doug Rocket In 'Nathan Barley'. Thanks for the introduction to his other work. It's really good. Seems he had a bit of an influence on Noel Fielding.
posted by dagosto at 11:13 PM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]

Channel 4 being a UK TV channel on air since 1992

1982. It's thirty this year, and so it's more interested in mortgages and buying property. I find the development of C4 from its 80s roots to what it is now hugely dispiriting.
posted by Grangousier at 2:22 AM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

Yep typo on my part.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 11:41 AM on June 1, 2012

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