Monkey Nuts Comedy Club Edinburgh Previews (line-up subject to change)
After a brief career in computer animation, Henry Paker decided to give comedy a go. He started out doing stand up in rooms above pubs, then in rooms below pubs and then eventually in the main body of the pub itself. In 2008 he won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and realised he might be onto something. Since then Henry’s many comic talents have seen him carve out a career as a comic writer, stand up, actor and cartoonist.
Henry’s TV appearances include Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2014, Russell Howard’s Good News, Comedy Central at The Comedy Store, JOSH (series 2), Seann Walsh World and Edinburgh and Beyond. Henry also co writes and stars in the BBC Radio 4 sketch show Small Scenes and Reincarnation. He’s also appeared on Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour, Act your Age and Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash.
Henry is one of the most in demand comedy writers in the UK and has written for shows including Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, The Royal Variety Show, Miranda Does Christmas, Ultimate Worrier, Top Gear, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Beef and Dairy Network Podcast, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Virtually Famous, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, JOSH, Play to the Whistle, Bring the Noise, Stand Up for the Week, Reality Bites, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Comic Relief and Seann Walsh World.
Henry took his first solo hour of stand up to Edinburgh Festival in 2010 and followed it up with his acclaimed show Cabin Fever (2011), Classic Paker (2013), Unpacked (2014) and Guilty (2016). His narrative comedy show, The Golden Lizard, won him and Mike Wozniak the Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2011, and went on to sell out a run at London’s Soho Theatre.
He has written and illustrated two cartoon books with Dave Skinner, Don’t Arm Wrestle a Pirate, which was made into animations voiced by Steve Coogan and Why Steve Was Late, which was serialised in The Times.
‘There’s not a spare syllable or hesitation in the whole hour, he is as precise as music and the audience were delighted to follow his tune’
‘… scales impressive comedy peaks throughout this entertainingly twisty solo hour’
‘One of the funniest men on the planet’
Charlie Baker’s versatile talent as a stand-up comedian, actor, and highly acclaimed jazz-singer has seen him earn a reputation as ‘a superior take on the modern showman’ (The Guardian). He has starred in Sky One’s Harry Hill’s Teatime, BBC Two’s The Premier League Show, Extra Slice, Channel 4’s The Last Leg, Comedy Gala, The Superhuman Show and Comedy Central At The Comedy Store. The avid sports fan Charlie has been heard on BBC 5Live’s Fighting Talk and covering on talksport’s Hawkesbee & Jacobs Show he also has a cult podcast The National Obsession.
His versatile talents as a stand-up comedian, actor, and highly acclaimed jazz-singer has seen him have sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival with his hit shows Baker’s Dozen (2013), Just The One (2015) and The Hit Polisher (2017) which he then toured around the UK.
As a talented actor he has starred in BBC One’s Eastenders, Doctor Who, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas as well as the hit West End musical I Can’t Sing where he played the hunchback with “a hilarious rap number” (The Telegraph). Charlie is currently working on a brand new family show for Edinburgh ‘The Greatest Goat Of All Time’ as well as working on a new stand up tour. As ever Charlie is multi-tasking!
You can grab a copy of Charlie’s album, The Hit Polisher, here on the Off The Kerb store.
‘A superior take on the modern showman’
‘Charlie Baker – the cheeky chappie you can’t help but love and laugh with’
The Brighton Argus
‘Plays to a room full of smiles’
‘Pure, undiluted barmy musical fun not to be missed – not even by you’
‘Great festival show’
‘An absolute romp, with some shout-with-laughter moments’
‘Baker has a fine voice on him’