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Liverpudlian-in-exile Silky has been a full time comedian since 1997. He did his first gig in 1994, and his fourth gig (the final of the 1995 BBC New Comedy Awards alongside Lee Mack, Daniel Kitson and Julian Barratt) was shown on BBC1s Stand-Up Show. Other awards he has failed to win include the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year (prize-winning runner-up 2000), the Liverpool Echo Arts and Entertainment Award (the only person to be nominated twice: always the sodding bridesmaid), the Perrier Best Newcomer (not even nominated for that one), the Time Out Award (didn't get entry form in on time), the F.A. cup (not a football team), numerous Academy Awards, and so on. The list gets longer every day. He did, however, win the 2000 BAF 'Out There' award for Artistic Courage, for a show at the Bakewell Arts Festival, where they were genuinely expecting folk music.
Silky has performed internationally, including gigs in China, the Philippines, the Gulf, Singapore, the US, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and all over Europe, including at the Glastonbury Festival, where no-one lobbed bottles of wee, much to his relief. He performed at the 2004 Gods Kitchen Global Gathering, the 2005 Big Bang at Santa Pod, and in the houseband for the Kilkenny Festival. He is also the evil mastermind behind the Kill for a Seat Comedy clubs across the UK, and has performed with the Comedy Stores MEN at Work satirical team and Monkey Lab Improv. A tall, versatile, funny and very likeable performer, whether you need an MC, an extended set, or simply something down from the top of a cupboard
Silky headlined the inaugural Frampton Mansell comedy festival, the worlds smallest. He acted in All Shorts for Club West (winners of the coveted Spirit of the Fringe award), and presented WorldArt Medias TV Stage in Princes Street Gardens for Telewest. He compered the Big Value Comedy Show at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe (**** Edfringe.com), the final of the FHM Com and has played from Manila to Berlin, Belfast to Prague, Shanghai to Croydon, but hes never been to me, and actually enjoys making people laugh. Indoor work with no heavy lifting? Lovely. In Winter 2003 he headlined his own 30-date tour of the UK and Ireland as an exercise in humility, and is doing so again this year. He acted in a pilot for SO TV that was bought for broadcast by Disney, and will never show the tape as Bee Costumes are involved. Warm-up work includes Strictly Come Dancing for BBC1, a Saturday evening primetime show attracting 9.1 million viewers. Hes always doing interesting stuff.
appearances include The Stand-Up Show (BBC1), James Campbells
Silly Experiment (SO TV/Disney Worldwide), 'Coronation Street' and 'Gagging
for It' (Granada), The Loafers (BBC Digital), 'Hollyoaks' and 'Brookside' (Mersey
TV), 'Heartbeat' and 'Rhinoceros' (Yorkshire TV), Sky TV, The Superchannel (Denmark)
and Channel 6. Radio appearances include BBC 5Live, Capital FM, TalkRadio, a residency
on Juice FM, Star FM, BBC Radios Sheffield, Oxfordshire and Merseyside. Corporate
work includes events for Nissan, UMIST, Help The Aged, Tubedale Films, Mitchell
& Butler plc. Immediate PR (FHM/Holsten Pils), Gods Kitchen and many
others. Warm-up work includes BBC1s Strictly Come Dancing. Does not appear
on photographic film.
Press acclaim for Silky .
Silky was upsettingly funny, biting without alienating the audience... left me with aching stomach muscles, teary eyes and a need to buy more anti-wrinkle cream for the laughter lines around my eyes. - BBC Online (Liverpool Comedy Festival review)?Most remarkable.. His ability to play the hardest rooms is legendary amongst comedians - - Liverpool Echo
'Hugely impressive' -Leicester Mercury?Always a delight to watch, weaving his pre-prepared material seamlessly into his off-the-cuff stuff. His set is energetically charged with gently quirky material and plenty surprises along the way. Effortless.. simply a comedy natural City Life
Youll laugh til your sides split. City Weekend (Shanghai)
One of those naturally funny people.. his irresistible stage persona combines angriness with silliness Manchester Online
'Silky stole the show.. effortlessly sharp wit and on-the-spot banter. His material was fresh, and he had plenty to say.' - Exeter Express & Echo
'Terrific. Refreshing, off-the cuff excellent' The Herald
A central figure on the UK comedy circuit. Come see the funny man, find out for yourselves. - - Evening Chronicle (Newcastle)
Officially one of the loveliest comics on the circuit - Motion Magazine
Skilful and entertaining Silkys audience banter is sans pareil - Time Out
A likeable, intelligent and subtle performer, handles his audience with real skill - - South Wales Evening Post
'One of the city's top comedians. Silky has perfected the art. Dangerous stuff.' - Liverpool Daily Post?
Superb banter and ad-libbing, and fantastic acoustic songs - XS Manchester
Silky is well known as one of the best comperes on the circuit, his actual act is quite superb as well . it was impossible to stop laughing. This was the first time Ive seen an opening act get an encore excellent. its a mystery to me why Silky isnt a lot more well-known, the boy is something approaching comedy genius. grinreaper.co.uk (Toby Fosters Last Laugh, Sheffield)
Among the best of the circuit.. born funny. City Life
A mix of self-deprecating wit, music and off-colour remarks to the front row. -Venue Magazine
'Most impressive; a mixture of solid material, genial audience banter, and snatches of song.. kept up a fine tempo, and even managed to bring the evening to an end on the dot of closing time. Expertly done Silky gave his usual superior performance..'- Bath Chronicle
'Razor-sharp comic mind.. always leaves the audience in stitches '- Crack Magazine
Excellent.. Silky has a knack for creating a great mood with his talent and polished routine - -Daily Information
'Spectacular'- Midlands Arts Centre
Consistently entertaining: biting banter and quirky observations -Metro
One of the nicest comics on the circuit, Silky makes rooms rock. More addictive than Crack Leeds Guide
'I didn't expect to laugh, but I did.' - Sandi Toksvig (1995)
"a massively engaging guitar-playing stand-up whose instinctive rapport with audiences makes him welcome wherever he goes." The Guardian Guide (Pick of the Week)