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Al Greaves is an accomplished performer and semi-resident MC (and DJ) at Burning Duck Comedy Club York & Verve Comedy Cellar in Leeds. He is not afraid to to employ ukuleles, looping pedals, props, or whimsy.
‘Talented’ TIME OUT
Al was initially inspired to perform comedy by more idiosyncratic acts like Steve Martin, Seymour Mace, Josie Long and Alf. More recently, the opportunity to watch and perform alongside established circuit regulars like Dan Nightingale, Jason Cook and Dave Johns have consolidated his love of well written and performed live comedy.
Al started performing comedy many moons ago in that London and established and compered ‘Comedy Lake’, London's number one underwater-themed comedy night (complete with resident shark) before moving back to the North East for family reasons.
In 2011, Al won Ten Feet Tall’s ‘Beat the Gong’ at Arc, Stockton on Tees and was offered a paid middle spot at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Al has also done paid spots for several independent comedy nights including Headlining Gonzo Comedy Club in Holmfirth.
“Through his relaxed offbeat approach he delivers exceptionally well written dry jokes. Someone to follow as he rises.” ED ACZEL
Due to family commitments, Al has not been in a position to pursue regular work at the big weekend clubs but has started running his own alternative comedy night, the Burning Duck Comedy Club in York which every month presents a handcrafted artisanal smorgasbang of the most joyful, thought provoking and funny musical, character, sketch, spoken word and stand up comedy performers.
"A unique experience - ‘their selection of alternative comedy is a delight’ (York Press)
Al has also presented a ‘mixed-bill’ show at the Edinburgh Fringe which The Skinny described as ‘even in its preview show has fundamental moments of comic genius’ and ‘Greaves is a sweetheart who will make you laugh and clap and grin without realising it.’
Based in York with a clean driving licence, Al has also recently started performing character comedy as “Peter Bread”. A York Tour Guide, and Baker, Peter pioneered York’s first ever “Toast Walk”, which bypasses Yorks boring supernatural history and instead concentrates on telling the history of the city through Baking.
“Terrific character comedy – A hilarious and wry look into the world of regional ghost walks” Sean Morley, booker of Regather, Sheffield.
In his spare time, Al is a keen horticulturalist and owner of 2 sheds (one on a rental basis). Al is not responsible for the mix up at the Champion Dad Of The Year competition.