Rough and tumble nice guy

Dave Fulton fell into comedy while training to be an alpine guide and wonders how he’s still doing it.

Spencer Doar

What:  Dave Fulton

When: Nov. 27 through Dec. 1, Tuesday through Thursday shows at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Where: Acme Comedy Club, 708 N. 1st St., Minneapolis

Cost: $15

Ages: 18+


As a 19-year-old Idahoan, Dave Fulton got poked in the stomach with an icepick by a friend whose wife he’d slept with.

Since then the itinerant comic has climbed frozen waterfalls, been shot at, toured via motorcycle, performed in Kazakhstan and graduated with a degree in composition from the Manhattan School of Music—he doesn’t need to make up material for his shows. 

“Sarah Palin used to come up to a ski hill that I worked at now and then when I was pretty lucky with the ladies,” Fulton said.  “I have a friend convinced that I had [Palin] in the back of my Cadillac, but I can neither confirm nor deny that.  There is a good chance that I did not have sex with her.”

For Fulton, even a non-experience can be turned into an amusing anecdote. 

After 25 years, the last 12 primarily spent living in Britain, Fulton’s been provided with even more fodder for his canonical repertoire of experience. 

“Last time I saw Doug Stanhope do a show, he’s on stage and…I look over, and a couple of rows back there’s this guy making out with a girl, just finger banging her when Doug’s onstage,” Fulton said.  “There is never going to be a joke that I could tell that could make a guy say, ‘I know what I want to do…’”

There probably isn’t a joke actually like that.  But the point Fulton’s inadvertently making is he won’t be anything but himself and doesn’t need to be. 

Unapologetic and honest, this owner of six motorcycles won’t compromise. 

“If I could tell any American comic any word of advice before coming over [to the United Kingdom], it’s that when you get on stage, for Christ’s sake don’t apologize [for being an American],” Fulton said. 

He’s borne the brunt of much anti-American sentiment, and thought that if Mitt Romney was elected he might have had to come back to the States to avoid reprisals via association.  He’s politically minded and can be frequently seen commenting on political and social issues on the BBC. 

Fulton made headlines earlier this year by inadvertently saying “wanker” live on the BBC, not realizing that it is a serious curse. 

While across the pond, he’s also been making a series of short films to be released on DVD. 

But this British affiliation is not indicative of a loss of love for his homeland.   

“I miss Cream of Wheat and Pop-Tarts—not just any Pop-Tarts: The brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tarts,” Fulton said.  “If I walk into a gas station and they have a box of Pop-Tarts and I needed gas that would be a tough choice.”