SIMON EVANS NEWS
'Never-less-than-hilarious view of the world. Laugh-out-loud stuff' - Guardian Guide 'Super-sharp dry wit' - Time Out Following two total sellout runs at the Edinburgh Festival and a hugely successful UK tour, star of C4's Stand Up For The Week Simon Evans hits the road with his critically acclaimed show Leashed. Like most men of his age and delusion, Simon Evans dreams of striking out into The Wild and slipping the surly bonds of suburbia. He remembers, inaccurately, a youth spent drifting like a Home Counties Kerouac through the great European arterial transport thoroughfares, bonding, if not with tribal herdsmen, then at least with truck drivers and the occasional Foreign legionnaire deserter. Living on his wits (which is to say, thieving) coping Britishly with strange and confusing sexual advances, and waking up each day with the sunrise, no matter how carefully he attempted to construct some kind of rudimentary curtaining around his head before turning in for the night on some dismal piece of disregarded municipal verge or other. He remembers, and he yearns. So what does Simon do, in an effort to reconnect with the spontaneity of his former, unburdened self? He buys a bloody dog. Idiot. Come and hear what will be at the very least a useful corrective to the growing swell of earnest middle class 'Wilderness' literature written by men who tramp off into the woods to spend the night in the root bole of a storm-toppled fir and are able to tell you what kind of owl it was that that did that on them, as if that’s any kind of way for a grown up to behave. A familiar voice on BBC Radio 4, Simon is a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive and anchored and wrote seven series of the news satire The Way It Is. Evans has appeared on numerous tv shows including: Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, The Apprentice: You're Fired! and Mock the Week. He is also a prolific writer for radio and tv, his credits include: Not Going Out and 8 Out of 10 Cats amongst many others. He appeared on University Challenge: The Professionals in 2007. Simon was a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind, where his specialist is Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance, and he's recently appeared on BBC1's Live At The Apollo. 'Captivating' **** - The Scotsman 'A storming set. His most pointed gags are an evil delight' - Chortle 'Just the ticket' - Beyond The Joke
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Hugely popular both in comedy clubs and on the after-dinner and corporate circuit, Evans excels in routines that are adult in the best sense of the word, prompting reviewers to describe him as demonically dry Dominic Maxwell, Metro and sublime William Cook, The Guardian.
Evans is well respected by his peers. He’s the writer of choice for Dara O Briain, Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, Marcus Brigstocke and Lee Mack among others. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 as a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive. Evans has anchored and written seven series of the news satire The Way It Is. He’s also laboured bravely in the face of ultimately overwhelming opposition as part of the Comedians’ team on University Challenge – The Professionals.
As well as the usual comedy clubs and festivals, Evans has focused on making in-roads into the sports and fundraising after-dinner speaking circuit and corporate events. He performs regularly for organisations such as the Variety Club and the Lord’s Taverners and bookers such as JLA, David Trick and Roger de Courcey. His style of comedy, his ability to perform an entirely clean set without compromising on the laughs (but also to ‘strengthe’’ the language when appropriate, without descending into vulgarity) and his relative maturity and reference points have made him a great hit with audiences perhaps tired of hearing the same old jokes from some of the more mainstream comedians.
Notwithstanding the stand up comedy shows (too numerous to detail), a pre-comedy appearance on The Krypton Factor (1994), commercials for Strongbow cider and losing on University Challenge (2007), you could say Simon’s done quite a bit on TV and radio.