Born to laugh, Dan Whitehurst has been searching for the funny in some of the most unusual and challenging situations. Bitten by the performing bug in 1998, Dan spent his free hours writing jokes and performing at various venues, and by 2001 was a regular at the legendary Zanies night club in Nashville. The first six years of his comedy career were accomplished while moonlighting as an Armed Robbery Detective for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Apt at flying under the radar, most of his co-workers never knew about his “silly little skit”.In February 2001 Dan won the title “Worlds Funniest Cop” from the American Society For Law Enforcement Training, and in 2002 was named Metro’s Investigator of the year.
In May of 2005, a 19 year police career ended leaving nothing but the memories, and funny stories. Over the years the act has evolved from set-up/punch to relatable, true (mostly) stories. Thanks Statute of Limitations!
As a hand picked opener for Janet, “The Tennessee Tramp” Williams early in his career, Dan was fortunate to travel and work with a seasoned professional who always kept him in stitches, and led to headlining opportunities of his own. He also toured briefly with mega-star Ralphie May, and opened for such acts as Tim Wilson, Killer Beaz, Josh Blue, Jay Mohr and the Emo Phillips, as well as appearing on the Bob And Tom Show.
Recently Dan has worked as an extra on the hit series “Nashville” which was renewed for another season and is open to any acting roles in which he can play a middle aged southerner with a thick accent.
CLUBS * partial list:
Zanies, Funny Bones, Looney Bins, Crackers, Comedy Catch
International Chiefs of police, TN Fraternal Order of Police, Panasonic, TN Jaycees.
Good morning Orlando, Wolfies Late Night Nashville- Local Nashville news channels 2, 4 and 5, Nashville PBS
“Anyone can write fart jokes, but you have some really smart material” – Jay Leno
“A poised stand-up with a laid back cynical delivery.”
- Martin Brady, Nashville Scene.
“We love Dan Whitehurst. Dan is one of our brightest up and coming acts”
- Kim Meredith Harris, Zanies Nashville
Worlds funniest cop, 2nd place 2004
Worlds funniest cop, winner 2001
WKDF Talent search, winner 1999