John Kearns is an actor, writer and the only comedian to have won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show (Shtick) and Best Newcomer (Sight Gags for Perverts) in the awards history.
An internationally acclaimed live act, he since has delivered his ‘richly, idiosyncratic comedy’ (The Guardian) across the world, notably picking up two Melbourne Barry Award nominations along the way. Off the back of sold out residencies at the Soho Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and at the Edinburgh Fringe, he toured across the UK for the first time in 2018 with his third solo show, ‘Don’t Worry, They’re Here’, directed by Olivier winning playwright Jon Brittain.
On television John has made numerous water cooler appearances on Cats does Countdown (C4), as an actor was the lead in cult hit Top Coppers (BBC3), went down with the Titanic on Drunk History (Comedy Central), ballsed up a heist in Rotters (Sky Arts) and wrote and performed on the ahead of it’s time Saturday night extravaganza that was Harry Hill’s Stars In Their Eyes (ITV). John also wrote for Harry Hill on HH’s Tea Time (Sky One).
Across the airwaves John performed his own series The John Kearns Show (BBC R4) and has guested on Tim Key Delves into Daniil Kharms and That’s It (BBC R4), as well as hosting and guesting on numerous shows throughout the Edinburgh Fringe (BBC R4/R4 Extra).
A proud Londoner, The Evening Standard voted him in consecutive years as one of London’s Most Influential 1000 People. He attended the parties.
You can follow what John’s up to on Twitter @johnsfurcoat
“Kearns goes to places stand-up rarely goes. If you appreciate intellectually ambitious humour as well as Live at the Apollo hilarity go and see him. If you have a heart you will laugh and be moved. You can bet your shirt on it.”
“Now THIS is how you do absurd comedy… he has forged comedy gold. As a fully-rounded character who is exaggerated but credible, flawed but hopeful, Kearns’ alter-ego could have been written by those other icons of comedy gone by, Galton and Simpson. I can’t think of much higher praise than that.”
“A true comedy original”
“A distant, absurdist cousin of Tony Hancock… one of the oddest and most original comic performers on the Fringe.”
The Daily Telegraph