Dan Whitehurst is a veteran stand-up comic and writer based out of Nashville Tennessee. Dan did his first Open Mic in 1998 and developed a routine of bizarre one liners which he used to win the WKDF Talent search at Zanies in Nashville by 1999.

Born in Knoxville Tennessee, little Danny Whitehurst always had a knack for finding humor in unusual situations. After flunking out of college at U.T. Martin and sweating profusely in a cast iron Factory, Dan sought easier employment in the Military and as a correctional officer for the Tennessee Department Of Corrections and finally as a Police Officer for the Metropolitan Police Department in Nashville Tennessee. 

In 2001 Dan was voted the “World’s Funniest Cop” by the Association Of Law Enforcement Training in Orlando Florida and runner up in 2003’s contest held in Los Angeles and hosted by Jay Leno. As an Armed Robbery Detective, he was also named Investigator Of The Year in 2002 for the City Of Nashville.

By 2007, the police career ended and comedy became a full time endeavor. Opening for a who’s who of comedians at his home club, Zanies in Nashville, Dan watched and learned as his act evolved from one liners to relying on actual stories from his diverse employment background and now headlines in comedy clubs across the United States.                                                                                                                            

Storytelling comedy led him to a headlining gig in Branson Missouri for two seasons one of which was at the Famous Baldnobber’s theater.

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.


Currently managed by Drew Davis, (Amadavis Entertainment) Dan is available for corporate or club bookings. d

Appearances:* Partial list
Zanies, Funny Bones, Bonkers, Comedy Catch and Corporate events.
International Chiefs of police, TN Fraternal Order of Police, Panasonic, TN Jaycees, American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge.

Good morning Orlando, Wolfies Late Night Nashville- Local Nashville news channels 2, 4 and 5, Nashville PBS, The show Nashville.

Jay Leno, Dan Whitehurst
Jay Leno, Dan Whitehurst


“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


"Dan Whitehurst: Inappropriate Sense of Humor" cd

“Dan Whitehurst: Inappropriate Sense of Humor” cd

“Funnier than the White Album” – Paul McCartney