John Kearns

John Kearns

FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD BEST SHOW WINNER 2014


FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY NEWCOMER AWARD WINNER 2013


MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL BARRY AWARD NOMINEE 2014 & 2015


Ever the trailblazer, John Kearns is the first person ever to win the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer one year, for Sight Gags for Perverts, and then follow it up by winning Best Show the next year (for Shtick). His debut solo hour Sight Gags For Perverts also went on to be nominated for the Barry Award, the award for best comedy show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014 and we’re yet to see where his 2014 show Shtick will take him. Kearns delivers non-sequiturs, surreal digressions and bizarre lunacy. Brilliant tragi-comedy.
He has written his first series for Radio 4 and in 2015 he will be starring in BBC sitcom Top Coppers.
An extraordinary new talent…

“A distant, absurdist cousin of Tony Hancock… one of the oddest and most original comic performers on the Fringe.” ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
“Manages to make you laugh in entirely new ways.” The Guardian
“Sidesplittingly funny” ★★★★ Chortle
“It’s testament to John Kearns’s unique voice that comedy fans can already talk about Kearnsian tropes” ★★★★ The Times
Kearns’ intermittently thoughtful and hysterical shtick remains hugely compelling.” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“My friend says that John Kearns is a genius on a par with Samuel Beckett. He really is very good, but I don’t think he is that good. Then again…” ★★★★ Beyond the Joke
 
Sight Gags for Perverts:
Now THIS is how you do absurd comedy… a bold, hilarious debut… he has forged comedy gold.” ★★★★★ Chortle
A true comedy original.” ★★★★ Time Out
A brilliantly constructed piece of absurdist clowning.” ★★★★ Evening Standard
Extremely funny.” ★★★★ Scotsman
“Spike Milligan, Vic & Bob, John Kearns. Say hello to comedy’s latest lunatic.” ★★★★ Beyond the Joke

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