Raised in Marin County, California, Del Van Dyke began performing comedy in 1984 after finishing college. Sharpening his skills in the booming 80's San Francisco comedy scene, he "Worked every club that had a microphone". By the late 80s Del was headlining major clubs on the West Coast.
In addition to working the club circuit, Del took first place in the Northern California, Inland Empire, and Alameda County Comedy Competitions. He was also a semi-finalist in the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition.