Starting in Denmark in 2000, performing routines in Danish, Bunstan began writing and developing a series of characters, inspired by the Bush/Gore election fiasco. On moving back to the UK in 2001, he quickly took up residency at a local night called Layzi, at the Iguana Bar in Reading, where he skilfully combined silent Kung-Fu, performance art and abstract political satire, getting the audience to sing "We all live in a fully operational Death Star". Using this as a base he made sporadic but often failed attempts to secure a livelihood on the mean streets of the M4 corridor, gigging successfully across the South East from Bournemouth to London.
Extreme poverty, then, quickly lead him to move to Glasgow in 2003, where career and financial commitments took priority until 2006. He performed with Donald Lindsay, leading to a series of gigs at The Stand in Glasgow and Edinburgh in 2007, and a renewed effort to go full-time.
Bunstan performs a series of character acts, and observational sets, and is currently enjoying the infamy of his latest creation, best described as a "sex pest" who delights in revealing the subtle flaws in the sex industry, male-female courtship, Anglo-Scottish relations, and more universal material such as his trademark interactive thriller "Bum Reassurance Therapy" and it is this mix of charm, silliness and suspense that has won him his successes so far.
So here he is, in the graveyard of comedians, Glasgow:
" Because if you can make it here, like the song says, you can make it anywhere. And if yer shite, och, well, well then you know yer shite. "
" My comedy is really weird, so it"s a bit of a challenge to make your jokes really hit home, especially when there is such a strong celtic history like there is in Scotland, it"s like trying to land a UFO. "
A very fine boarding school education at the Oratory School in Berkshire. Indulged in anarchy and other pretentious vice, learned to untune the guitar, and performed on a pirate radio station for 3 months. Wrote, performed and edited a number of short films in University, graduated in 1997 with a Degree in Multimedia Design. Wrote four 10 minute video dramas which were filmed and produced, acted in 6 documentaries and dramas. Moved to Denmark the same year and worked as a creative for Bang & Olufsen and was heavily involved in the development of mp3 and digital imagery. Moved back to UK to set up Crisp Interactive Media in 2001. Moved to Glasgow in 2003, to lecture in Audio Engineering, producing radio shows for community groups throughout the East End of the city. Currently training unemployed young people to gain employment.
" I have pedigree and I have mirth. "
September 2000 - Holstebro Rugby Klub, Sportsvej, Holstebro, Denmark,.
2001/2002 - Fortnightly Resident/Compere @ Iguana Bar, Reading
2002 - Compere, White Elephant, Croydon
2002 - Corporate gig, Skandia International, Southampton
2004 - "The Goat" @ Archies Bar, Glasgow.
2004/2005 - 2hr weekly radio show on www.EEIB.org, Glasgow
2006/2007 - Performing regularly at Red Raw, The Stand, Glasgow