Alun trained at the Welsh College Of Music and Drama between 1995 and 1998, graduating with a degree in Theatre Studies (Acting).
January 1999 saw Alun begin touring with Barrie Rutter¹s Northern Broadsides in a very successful production of Twelfth Night. After the twenty week tour for Broadsides he went to the Edinburgh Festival in two darkly comic plays
Fat Hamlet (The Pleasance) and The Curse of Iain Banks (The Gilded Balloon). Both shows were highly acclaimed sell-out productions.
Following Edinburgh he played a small role in Granada Television¹s Always and Everyone. Since late 1999 he has concentrated on live stand-up comedy.
As a headline act or compere, Alun uses his flair for language to blend friendly story telling, sharp one liners and off the cuff wit. He has a cheeky smile to sweeten even the most revolting tales, he seamlessly mixes improvisation with sharply honed material and will occasionally throw in a
brilliantly accurate impersonation.
Topical, personal and vulnerable, whilst outspoken, rude and comical. From computer jargon and the mundanity of life, to cringe-worthy confessions of his own folly, Alun brings charm and humour to all he sees around him.
Versatile and quick thinking he combines irresistibly silly routines with honest, straight-forward comedy all delivered with his trade mark brusque charm. Comedy at it¹s least formulaic and most amusing.
Alun has a reputation for reliably strong performances at all the major comedy clubs including The Comedy Store, Lee Hurst"s Backyard, Jongleurs, Up the Creek and The Glee. He is now a regular member of the Comedy Store¹s Cutting Edge team.
He has performed stand up in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium and the Canary Islands. He performed extended sets for sell-out shows at Iceland¹s National Theatre.
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2004
Alun will be performing his sell-out show, My Favourite Words In My Best Stories, at the Gilded Balloon. It¹s a thrilling combination of a chair, a bell, and an academics underachiever¹s love of language. A sit-down stand-up show full of choice words and funny little stories. OWonderful Storytelling¹ Evening Standard
TV AND RADIO
His TV studio warm-up experience includes Harry Hill¹s TV Burp, Rory Bremner¹s show OBremner, Bird and Fortune¹, The Sketch Show, Liar, Clive Anderson¹s God Almighty & The American Sketch Show with Kelsey Grammer.
Alun¹s stand-up can be heard on the new BBC7 radio show Spanking New. He is a regular studio guest on Fred MacAuley¹s show on BBC Radio Scotland.
³One of the greatest comperes on the comedy circuit, the young, talented and immensely amiable Alun Cochrane.² The Guardian
³An effortlessly funny performer... he makes the whole comedy thing look deceptively easy and is sure to go onto much bigger things.² Chortle
³Cochrane can make any crowd feel like friends and family. He¹s instantly
likeable, all dimples and charisma, with an easy-going improvisational
style. Just catch him, he¹s going to be big. The future of British Comedy.²
³Critics¹ Choice 2004² - Comedians to watch in 2004. Time Out