JOHN GORDILLO NEWS
There’s a case to be made that John Gordillo is one of the key shapers of our modern comedy landscape. His may not be a widely recognised name (he’s probably best known as the presenter of topical BBC comedy show The RDA, a brilliant oddity that lives long in the memory), but as a writer, director and benevolent svengali he’s helped to set many a major stand-up star on the road to greatness. In his own right, he’s a spectacularly creative comic, offering sets that use politics, romance and family relationships as jumping-off points for wildly ambitious social theorising and sparkily funny comedy. He produces shows that genuinely make you think in a whole new way while keeping you laughing throughout. His last solo show, Fuckonomics – proposing a new economic theory based on our desire for sex – was one of the most intellectually ambitious offerings the fringe has seen in recent years.
– The Guardian
John Gordillo is one of the smartest men in comedy. A brilliant combination and examination of the fake personal and the real personal. Typically intelligent, at times extraordinarily frank… this is quality, brain-food comedy. A great hour.
– Scotland on Sunday
An arresting and perceptive hour from a stand up who truly gets at the nub of a creeping malaise with a message that ought to give anyone pause for thought.
– The Scotsman
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John Gordillo is a Perrier Award-nominated English director and Comedian who has directed shows by the Comedian Eddie Izzard and was the host and co-creator of The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), a daily late-night topical comedy talk show, which played heavily with the conventions of the genre The show ran for 60 episodes until BBC Choice was rebranded as BBC Three.
In 2003 Gordillo made the final shortlist of two comics being considered by the BBC as a full-time replacement for Angus Deayton as host of Have I Got News For You, although Gordillo has never guest-hosted the show. Gordillo was screentested but the BBC offered the job to the other contender Alexander Armstrong before eventually deciding to employ neither comic and instead continue with the guest presenter format.
Gordillo returned to stand up in 2006, taking three critically successful solo shows to the Edinburgh festival in 07, 08 and 09. He has written and directed extensively for TV and live comedy, including a long partnership with US comedian Reginald D Hunter with whom, according to Gordillo’s website, he is writing and producing an independent film.
‘You may not find a more accomplished Fringe show’ – The Guardian
‘It’s the kind of show that makes you delighted to be at the Fringe’ – Times Online
‘Grown up material with delivery to match. An effortlessly fluid approach’ – Chortle.co.uk
‘Gordillo is an inspiration, a consummate performer with an amazing talent, passion and intellect. If you are after cheap, silly laughs avoid this, but if you want intelligent, moving comedy with a point, then you cannot afford to miss it’ – Chortle