Dave Dingwall is proof that humor knows no age. At the tender age of 63, Dave is a former teacher and assistant principal; he also makes people laugh, too. Along with hitting the comedy club circuit every weekend, he also spends time making humorous music videos. His videos have already been viewed over 160,000 times and can be seen at his website DaveDingwall.com.
Q: Did you have the desire to be an entertainer early in life, or did you get the itch to perform as you entered adulthood?
DD: When I was entering adulthood, I was searching and didn't know what I wanted to do. I found that I could perform and be an entertainer later in life. I took a long time to decide.
Q: Your time spent as a teacher and assistant principal I'm sure have led to many interesting interactions. What is the funniest experience you've encountered in your teaching career?
DD: One day I was late and trying to get to class. I didn't have time to park in the teachers' lot, so I parked up on a hill. I didn't know the hill was covered in mud and I slid the whole way down in my suit. I made it on time and everyone was laughing at me. When no one was looking, I was laughing, too.
Q: Unlike other internet video sensations, your videos have a very crisp and professional quality to them; how long does the production take for each video?
DD: Something comes to me; it takes a while to figure it out. Maybe about a month of preparation and about two days to shoot. I have to figure out the lyrics, concepts, starts and I have to remember that I also have to perform it. We've done four videos in a year. That's a lot.
Q: When it comes to your music videos, which comes first, the theme for them, or the lyrics?
DD: It starts with a feeling. The theme comes before the lyrics. I need the concept to base the lyrics on.
Q: What do you enjoy most about performing in front of an audience?
DD: Being accepted. Being liked.
Q: With the entertainment industry being filled with many ups and downs, what's your secret to dealing with the rollercoaster ride of show business?
DD: It's a microcosm of life. It's a reflection of life whether you're an entertainer or a plumber. You're always gonna have ups and downs. There's a big cycle that you go through. You have to be strong enough to accept the lows. I've been through a lot of barriers and hurdles. For eight and a half years I was the caregiver to my family. If I can get through that and not give up, I can handle rejections, which I'm gonna get especially because of my age.
Q: They say that laughter is the best medicine, so would you be willing to go on tour to solve the nation's healthcare crisis?
DD: Yeah, I guess so. You have a lot of tragic situations. I believe that humor will solve a lot of problems. They can take away our house and our cars, but they can't take away our sense of humor. It's positive. I believe you can find something funny in anything.
Q: Since you hail from the City of Brotherly Love, I'm curious as to what you deem to be the most important asset of Philadelphia. So between the Eagles, Phillies, and cheesesteaks, what do you consider to be the city's most important attribute?
DD: I think it's passion. People feel passion for a lot of different things. Maybe it has to do with being in a blue collar area or the diversity of people or the changes in seasons. I make fun of it a lot, but we really feel deeply about many things. Things are more intense here: people on top of people, stress, so much hustle and bustle. We are a product of our environment.
Q: What's next for you? Do you have any new videos in the works?
DD: I may be getting my own Internet show. I'm trying to appeal to a broader audience including teenagers. I was interviewed by Tara Murtha for a cover story in Philadelphia Weekly. She saw me singing, "Creep," by that group Radio-something. I had to sing and act it out. We're branching out to appeal to all age brackets.
Q: We end all interviews with word association, so I say "wombat" and you say...
DD: My last girlfriend, and that's true. That's all I can say.