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IAN LANE is an accessibly surreal performer whose act has been summarised by One4Review as “friendly absurdism, delivered in a recogniseable stand-up style”. His set draws upon absurdist autobiography, obtuse one-liners and perturbing props, all delivered in a manner once described as "like an evil Joel Dommett" (Luke Benson).
A London-based comic, he has reached the final of the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian Of The Year competition, twice made the semi-finals of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award (as broadcast on BBC Radio 2, Radio 4 and Radio 4Extra), won/survived numerous gong shows ('King Gong; Beat The Frog; Up The Creek's The Blackout), and performed his debut hour “ALOOF!” at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to critical acclaim, as well as at the Leicester, Brighton and VAULT festivals.
Promoters and clubs that he has gigged for and/or is currently booked for include:
XS Malarkey (opening 20s)
In short, he has travelled the length and breadth of the country during his first few years on the comedy circuit. Ian is able to work clean, and is available for 20 minute sets. He is also preparing for his second hour-long solo show, "Bodily", for the Edinburgh, Brighton and Leicester festivals in 2018, and is available for preview spots between 45-60 mins in length.
“...here he is, straight out the gates with a debut packed with inventive, cliche-phobic comedy that makes a strong impression for its creativity...the hit rate is high for a comedian who doesn’t seek sanctuary in the safety of the familiar.” Steve Bennett, Chortle
"Ian Lane is confident on stage and secure in his material. His unassuming opening got the audience on side before they even realised it was happening...The structure of this show is really lovely, a complex tapestry of threads and call-backs woven together right throughout the show." Laura Baigrie, One4Review
"...a very well judged set that was pitched perfectly to the audience...extremely good." Peter Fox, NottsComedyReview
"Ian Lane is a breath of fresh air within the new acts I have seen. Original, excellent jokes and a cracking comedy brain. If he keeps working hard, he'll be a full time comedian coming to take your job." Maff Brown, Outside the Box Comedy
"...his material is strong... with some unexpected punchlines in the back pocket." Paul Fleckney, London Is Funny
"Ian Lane is an exciting new comedian doing inventive, unique routines which sync perfectly with his logical and methodical voice. I've seen him charm tame audiences with his tightly scripted flights of fancy and tackle rowdy rooms with the confident sea legs of someone who clearly lives to gig. He is an irresistibly bookable alternative comedian." Bobby Carroll, Comedy Knights