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KEVIN MCCARRON

Kiwi comedian Kevin McCarron's started performing in the UK in 1997, with several well received spots at comedy clubs across London. Kevin soon established himself as a regular headlining act on the London Circuit, as well as taking on the role of resident compere for several comedy clubs in the Laughing Horse Comedy chain.

Specialising in compering, Kevin is fast being recognised as one of the best comperes on the circuit. The skills that make him a natural performer have been developed over a number of years as a comedian, and is one of the few acts that is truly at ease when warming up a room, or controlling an evening of comedy.

Kevin can create an atmosphere and energy in a room out of nowhere, effortlessly being able to build up enthusiasm from the most despondent of crowds - he relaxes the crowd, making the lives of the audience a part of the show and making sure everyone in the room is involved and ready for a night of comedy. Kevin continues to compere at all levels of comedy, from the hard work of keeping a new act competition running, to compering shows with the likes of Mark Thomas and Rob Newman.

Kevin's professionalism means that his priorities are always that of the shows success - his style complements the other performers, and this enables him to lift a show that's loosing energy, maintain momentum in a show that is going well and kick-start a low-energy crowd, while always leaving them wanting more.

As well as a compere Kevin performs widely as a headline act, and has also performed for the past three years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London Comedy Festival in his hour shows "A Joke to Far", "Just Joking", "Jestation" and "Nuclear War: Followed by the complete extermination of every living organism on the planet" - a show made up entirely of suggestions from the audience, of which the title was one.

When Kevin is performing his set he creates a rich tapestry of tales woven from his life experiences, his energetic and animated performances always delivers results from the vast amount of material he has written, and as such he will always be able to tailor his set to the audience - His subjects are as diverse as Shakespearean Literature, Pornography and Pingu, and as an older comedian he also concentrates on the frustrations of marriage, children and their effects on his previously robust drugs consumption.

As well as appearing at comedy clubs, Kevin has also performed corporate comedy shows and compering for British Gas, Woolworth’s, Nestle, Sainsbury's, Lever Faberge, McDonald's, The National Housing Association, Index on Censorship and South London Storm amongst others.

Kevin is also actively involved comedy promotion, assisting in the running of 25 comedy venues with Laughing Horse Comedy, and was course co-ordinator for the WebUni comedy and performance courses. His interest also includes writing and research, and he has published books relating to his interests in nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature, addiction, popular music, adolescent writing and Dystopian and Utopian literature.

Kevin has also found time to make regular appearances on London's Liberty radio in a regular comedy spot in 2001, and has featured on ABC radio and Television in Australia in shows about Antipodean comedy in the UK.

Quotes

"Brilliantly Quick Witted" - Time Out Comics Choice

"Top London Comic" - Liberty Radio

"Great Comedy" - Evening Standard

"Good Timing" – Arnold Brown

Comments from Chortle.co.uk

"I always know the crowd'll be warm when Kevin's the compere... A remarkably bald chap, very funny!" - Dan Willis, Comedian

"Must be the best compere around, certainly the best compere I've seen" - Audience Member

"The best compare on the London circuit, by an absolute mile and I'm including D.K [Daniel Kitson] at The Cafe (one of my favourite acts), in that statement" - Audience Member.

"Extremely quick and witty and has a knack for making the audience feel part of something special" - Audience Member.

Corporate Events

"I Just wanted to get back to you after Saturday night, Kevin McCarron was superb, went down a storm with the crowd and did a fantastic job both as MC and with his act. There was an ovation at the end and he got dragged back on stage a couple of times before finally managing to escape from the mic! It was the first event of this sort I'd organised and I would also like to thank Kevin for his patience as we came up with the running order for the evening and changed things about more than a couple of times! Even the owner of the venue wanted details of how we'd booked him!" ‘South London Storm’ event to raise funds for promoting South London Rugby League, at the Battersea Barge

 

To book comedy shows, parties or comedians for your venue please contact us on info@laughinghorse.co.uk or 07768 584 881.

 

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