Andy WIlky

Andy WIlky

In 1995, he tried stand-up comedy for the first time at the Frog and Bucket comedy club, adopting the stage name “Smug Roberts”; the “smug” came from an event in his life where people teased him for being a “smug bastard” and the “Roberts” was adapted from his middle name. Caroline Aherne and her then-husband Peter Hook watched his set and she put him in contact with an agent. Six weeks later, He performed his first one-man gig.

In 1998, he released the novelty anthem “Meat Pie, Sausage Roll (Come on England, Gi’s a Goal)” as cult hero “Grandad Roberts”, both the character and song (originally a jingle referencing Oldham Athletic A.F.C. rather than England) stemming from an afternoon radio show on Key 103.

In 2000, he headlined with Paul Merton and John Thomson at the opening night of the Manchester Comedy Store. His appearance there lead to a role in the film 24 Hour Party People (2002). He has also appeared on television, with roles in Cutting It, BAFTA winners ‘Buried’ (ch4) and ‘Cold Feet’ (ITV)

He has appeared in nearly every television production by Peter Kay and his recent work includes playing landlord  ‘Mr Foley’ in BAFTA winning  ‘Mrs Browns Boys’ and the films ‘Looking for Eric’ (Ken Loach) and ‘Almost Married’

His radio credits are many and varied they include his own series ‘A Set & A Song’ on BBC radio 4 plus four series of ‘The In Crowd’ also on BBC radio 4.

He has also wrote and played the lead role in 2 plays both of which received critical acclaim on their ‘Edinburgh Festival Fringe’ debuts.


“A comedy maestro… the pace, emphasis and rhythm of his delivery is impeccable. A rock-solid act guaranteed to entertain.  Anyone who has seen ‘Phoenix Nights’, ‘That Peter Kay Thing’, ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, ‘Cold Feet’ and the Ken Loach film ‘Looking For Eric’ will instantly recognise him. He’s a headline act all over the UK and is regarded as something of a cult hero in his native Manchester, a man with genuinely funny bones able to provoke peals of laughter from a quirky colloquialism or a nonplussed expression, but it is the sheer imagination of his storytelling where he really shines. Anecdotes from his home life as a cuckolded house husband with two teenage kids on hormonal rampage are laced with brilliant punchlines and surreal tangents, including the welcome appearance of a talking dog” (City Life)

“An extraordinary comic” (M.E.N)

“A master storyteller” (Radio Times)

“He is in a long line of performers from Manchester who use dramatic techniques to broaden the scope of their acts, like Steve Coogan, Johnny Vegas and Caroline Aherne, he is as much an actor as he is a comedian” (Edinburgh Evening News).