"Genius ★★★★★" The List
"Comedy vision that can see round corners ★★★★★" Chortle
"Engaging… warm and likeable " Scotland on Sunday
"One of the best…brilliant " Independent
WINNER BEST COMPERE – CHORTLE AWARDS 2011
RUNNER UP BEST COMEDY SHOW – LATEST AWARDS 2010
NOMINEE BEST COMPERE – CHORTLE AWARDS 2010
FINALIST BEST COMPERE – CHORTLE AWARDS 2009
FINALIST – COMEDY WRITER – MIPTV CANNES 2009
WINNER BEST COMPERE – CHORTLE AWARDS 2008
WINNER BEST COMEDIAN – JUICY AWARD 2003
FINALIST – DAILY TELEGRAPH OPEN MIC AWARD 1998
FINALIST – SO YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? 1997
A repeat award winner of Best UK Compere, Stephen Grantis one of the hardest working comedy performers and writers in the UK. He is the host of the Krater Comedy Club at Komedia, which has won Best Comedy Venue in the South for an unprecedented amount of times and is a regular headliner at The Comedy Store in Leicester Square.
He possesses an energy and intellect which combined with his eight years in the corporate world make for a perfect experienced host and entertainer for any event. Clients often return to Stephen for repeat engagements due to his ability to vary his content and material, often tailoring it specific to the client’s requirements and industry.
Stephen still finds the time to headline and MC gigs all over the country, as well as being a regular guest on The Cutting Edge at The Comedy Store, deputizing presenter on BBC Southern Counties Radio, warming up and performing on some of the biggest comedy shows on TV. His speed and dynamism create a magical energy which has audiences rapt and hanging onto his every word. It is this that led Stephen to writting for Rob Beckett on Mock the Week and for writing for Russell Kane on Live at the Electric as well as forLee Nelson’s Well Good Show for Avalon TV and Seann Walsh for Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week.
Praise for his 2022 Edinburgh Show.
“This most personal hour is the best thing I have seen Markus Birdman do. Some of the lines here are more beautifully crafted than anything his heart surgeon will patch together in his holey ventricles. We get a combination of storytelling, observation and jokes that have had some real intensive care in the writing. Fantastic combination if you can manage it. He can.”
★★★★ - Kate Copstick in The Scotsman 2022
“He has mined everything for humour, from the darkest moments of diagnosis to the humiliations he endured in the name of medical investigation – and hit gold.” ★★★★★ - Steve Bennett in Chortle 2022
“Birdman’s Fringe show is a triumph. He isn’t afraid to push the limits of what society deems appropriate. He has created an hour of thought-provoking, hilarious stand-up.”
★★★★★ - Edinburgh Reporter
NZ COMEDY GUILD AWARD NOMINEE - BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST 2014
TIME OUT LONDON - TOP TEN COMEDIANS 2013
CO-WRITER ON JAYDE ADAMS’S 2020 AMAZON PRIME STAND UP SPECIAL, ‘SERIOUS BLACK JUMPER’
From The Palladium to Pakistan, a highly experienced, versatile & award winning comedian, Markus is one of stand-up’s most well travelled comedians, much in demand in the UK and all over the world, and one of the very first British Comics to have his own Netflix Special - Live in Amsterdam.
He has written and performed twelve Edinburgh Festival Solo shows, and toured Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Scandinavia and throughout Europe, The Middle East and Far East.
He has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows both in the UK and abroad.
He often incorporates visual artwork, & animations in his comedy performances. He has currently been producing animations for his own instagram channel, as well as being part of The Lost Comics, a collective of comedians making short films.
He has created numerous 24 hour murals as part of the comedian Mark Watson’s 24 hr Comedy shows, raising thousands of pounds for Comic Relief.
Just recently, Markus collaborated with the Norwegian musician, Ole Maa, to produce animations for Ole’s live show, En Psychotic Handbok, which premiered in Oslo in 2020 and toured Norway in 2021 and 2022.
“Master of One Liners” ★★★★★ One4Review
“Absolutely Hilarious” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“Gags of the Highest Order” ★★★★ - Broadway Baby
SELLOUT RUN AT EDFRINGE 2022
2ND PLACE DAVE’S BEST JOKES OF THE FRINGE 2022
SELL OUT NATIONAL TOUR (21 SOLD OUT DATES SO FAR)
TWO SERIES’ OF MOCK THE WEEK AND A REGULAR ON BT SPORT.
Mark has a sell out run at this year’s Edinburgh fringe and came runner-up in the coveted Dave’s Best Jokes of the Fringe competition. Mark’s been on his tour for over a month now and has sold out 21 out of 26 dates so far! The feedback from fans has been resoundingly brilliant and people all over the UK are calling for him to come to their cities.
Mark’s been on two series of Mock The Week (video of his highlights here), and is a regular on BT Sport’s DIY Pundit.
Mark’s comedy is full of jokes and largely non-political. Mark’s best known trick is asking the audience for their hobbies and firing back quick, on-the-spot one-liners tailored to them.
On the Spot one-liners: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CiKNqSkgFRk/?hl=en
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