David grew up in Kroonstad – a small and conservative town in the Free State. His mother was a prison warder. His grandmother wanted him to be a priest. He doesn't know where his father is. He was always trying to make people laugh - in between dodging tear gas and going to a local catholic school.
In standard two he wanted to be a doctor. In standard nine a civil engineer. After Matric he studied at Pretoria Tech towards a career in electrical engineering, but got bored and went to UCT to be an actor instead.
He was discovered by accident while doing a corporate gig, and less than a year later took his own solo stand up show - The Rainbow Nation Tour - to the Grahamstown Arts Festival, and nicknamed himself Previous Lee Disadvantaged.
In the year 2000, he took on a second personality, that of the people's poet, in "Introducing the People's Poet", which ran for two weeks at the Baxter Theatre in 2000.
He was picked for the 2001 'Just for Laughs' comedy fest in Montreal and made the Gala Evening "best of the fest" line-up after storming at his regular venues.