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Straitjacket is a comedy duo from North East England, who write original comedy sketches. A lot of their material has been transferred to the screen by the original three members: Tom Bennett, Keith Dickinson and Ian Todd. Keith left the group in July 2007, leaving Tom and Ian to continue as a duo.
The original three were reunited after a long period apart and decided to do their own brand of comedy with a blend of darkness, randomness and the surreal. This original blend of comedy helped establish them as regular contributors to BBC Radio One show The Milk Run.
They are currently contributing to a brand new sketch show on E4 and are continuing to produce sketch shows for the screen which are regularly seen in the Newcastle area and at comedy festivals across the United Kingdom. North East music talent have also contributed their material to Straitjacket, establishing a unique soundtrack for the sketch shows.
Straitjacket are imaginative, intelligent and adventurous with their material both in its content, structure and presentation and have attracted praise from press both locally and nationally. In 2006 the group was discovered by Naomi Odenkirk who introduced them to her husband Bob Odenkirk who now champions their comedy in America, entering their work into festivals and screenings.
Straitjacket had their work screened at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 2007 introduced by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross.In September 2007,the won the 4Talent award for for the countries most exciting young creative talent.They are currently working on a pilot with Bob Odenkirk.