Stand-up comedians can be great or terribly bad – there’s just no middle ground.
Dave Foley belongs to the first group. With a prolific career behind him and after years of being in the limelight, Dave hasn’t been making much headlines lately.
This brings us to the question of what happened to him and what he is doing today?
Let’s take a look at his story.
Dave Foley is a Canadian-American actor, producer, writer and director. However, his main work came from stand-up comedy.
Throughout his life, Foley had quite a few ups and downs, both in his personal life and in his career.
Foley’s love for stand-up comedy started at a very young age. As a teenager, he decided to drop out of high school to pursue a career in stand-up and for about a year he was a constant member of the Toronto Second City Training Center.
He started taking improv classes there when he met Kevin McDonald, who got him a job as a usher at a local arthouse movie theater.
Not long after McDonald and Foley met, they began working on a project that turned out to be a huge success.
Foley, McDonald and a few more colleagues launched a TV series called “The Kids in the Hall” in 1984.
But, dissatisfied with the quality of the script and program, Foley decided to leave the team and join the NewsRadio cast instead.
Despite a rough start, “The Kids in the Hall” became quite popular and aired for five seasons from 1988 to 1995.
Amid all the fuss, Foley decided in 1991 to marry a Canadian writer, Tabatha Southey, with whom he has two children. They broke up in 1997 after 6 years together.
Little did he know that his marital troubles were just the beginning. After the divorce, Canadian courts forced Foley to pay his wife $11,000 a month, about 400% of Foley’s income at the time.
Unable to pay the requested amount, Foley fled to the US and later stated that he would be arrested if he returned to Canada for owing more than $500,000.
Dave then found his true love and married actress Crissy Guerrero for the second time in 2002. Having battled depression almost all his life, Foley was often attached to the bottle.
This later resulted in his second divorce in 2008 and his daughter’s divorce from actress Guerrero.
In 2014, Dave finally stopped drinking after sustaining a horrific head injury while intoxicated. He said he hadn’t had a drink of alcohol from that day on and that he even reunited and remarried with his second wife in 2016.
Throughout his career, Foley had quite a few TV appearances as we could see his face in shows like ‘The Odd Couple’, ‘How to Be a Gentleman’, ‘Desperate Housewives’, ‘The Morning Show’ and many more popular projects . Although Dave always says that his family is his greatest success in life.
What is he doing these days?
Today, Foley enjoys life with his family and often jokes about his past life.
Even though we don’t see him very often on TV, he is still very active in the stand-up industry.
Foley’s most recent appearance was in “LOL: Last One Laughing Canada”, an international stand-up comedy format launched by Amazon Prime Video in 2021.
The show is well accepted in Italy, France, Germany, Spain and many more countries around the world.
He is also a very active supporter and spokesperson on mental health issues such as depression and anxiety as he has dealt with them first hand.
“I know what it feels like to suffer from depression. I have been there. It’s something I wouldn’t wish on even my worst enemies. Not that I have them, of course,” Dave said in a recent interview.
Although his family comes first these days, Dave continues with his TV work and lives a very quiet life, avoiding drama and alcohol.