Tanyalee Davis
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Tanyalee Davis

Tanyalee Davis (born 27 November 1970) is a Canadian comedian who tours extensively throughout the world but mostly in the UK. Davis also obtained her US citizenship in the fall of 2010.

Davis has a form of dwarfism called diastrophic dysplasia and has a stature of 3 feet 6 inches (107 cm).[1]


In November 1999, she placed second in the Seattle Comedy Competition. She was the first woman in 10 years to make it into the finals. In October 2012, she placed sixth overall in the San Francisco Comedy festival. In April 2001, she headlined at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

She won the 2003 Norman G. Brooks Standup Comedy Scholarship Competition held at the Hollywood Improv. In August 2003, she was part of the "US Comedy Invasion" show, performing at the world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. She then embarked on a UK tour in the spring of 2004. She featured at the Edinburgh Fringe again in 2013.[2]

In the US, she was featured on Last Comic Standing in 2004, on Animal Planet's hit show, Pit Boss (2012) as well as Dr Drew on CNN. Previous credits include Austin Powers in Goldmember movie teaser, "For the Love of Money"(Movie 2002), MTV's Bash of Carson Daly (TV 2003) and the Fox network's reality show 30 Seconds to Fame.

In 2005, she performed as part of the Abnormally Funny People show, with Steve Best, Liz Carr, Steve Day, Chris McCausland and Simon Minty. As part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe the following year she appeared with Carr in Bravetarts. In 2007 she performed her one-woman show Little Do They Know. She then revamped the fringe show and had a six-month contract at the Clarion Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 2011.

In August 2013, Davis went back to the Edinburgh Fringe with her new one-person show "Big Trouble In Little 'Gina" which was based on a terrible medical ordeal starting at the end of 2012.

In 2011-2012 Davis was a series regular on the UK's Channel 4 TV show I'm Spazticus.

Davis was featured in a few British-produced programmes such as Sky TV's documentary of the making of Abnormally Funny People as well as ITV's SuperHuman: World's Smallest People (which also aired on TLC in the US). Her extensive spinal surgery was a focus in this show.[3] On 28 August 2013, she appeared as a special guest on the live comedy Paralympics show The Last Leg, discussing Jim Davidson's comments about "midgets".

In 2015 she appeared on two major UK television shows, both on BBC. The first was The John Bishop Show - a variety show hosted by the top notch Liverpudlian, John Bishop. The second show was Live at the Apollo - with their first ever Christmas edition. Both sets were very well received according to social media.[]


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