Hailing from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire (a town otherwise famous for international terrorists, fake kidnaps and "Britain"s Best Market"), charming northerner Craig is currently one of the hottest rising talents on the comedy circuit.
Craig cut his comedy teeth as resident compere at award-winning London club The Funny Side...of Covent Garden sharing a stage with some of the very best comedy acts in the business including Harry Hill, Stewart Lee and even Hollywood legend Robin Williams. He rapidly became a master of the compere"s art; able to turn any crowd from
a lacklustre mob into a clapping, cheering, delirious audience ready to laugh all night.
Having honed his talents as an MC introducing others, in 2008 he began bringing his impressive stage presence and flair for audience banter to his very own stand-up set. Since then, his rise through the comedy ranks has been nothing short of meteoric. Within just 1 month he had reached the final of The Other Side New Act of the Year competition and within 3, the final of the coveted Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. In the last two years he has also appeared in a comedy film alongside Adam Hills and Brendon Burns and recorded a comedy pilot for the BBC.
An instant crowd pleaser with a charismatic, mock-confrontational style, Craig is now a highly sought-after act and compere, performing all over the UK.
CLUBS: A range of clubs/promoters including: FYMFYG Bar (20s, Headlining), Highlight (20s, MCing), The Funny Side (20s, headlining, MCing), Jesters (20s), Covent Garden Comedy Club (MCing) Rawhide (20s), Frog & Bucket (20s), Mirth Control (20min sets, 40min sets & MCing), Comedy Club Ltd (20s) So Comedy (MCing), Hilarious! (headlining, 20s & MCing) C69/Cuda Comedy (Headlining, 20s & MCing), Terry the Stand-Up (20s & headlining), Porthole Comedy Club (20s), Rob Riley - various (20s, MCing) Paul B Edwards gigs (20s, MCing).
FESTIVALS: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008 ("The Magical Diamond of Ramtutiti", "Spank"), Endorse It In Dorset 2009/10, Wivenhoe May Fair 2009
CORPORATE: Also in demand on the corporate circuit, Craig has performed for clients such as: Goldman Sachs, Bird & Bird, VK Direct & No.5 Chambers.
TV: Craig is currently recognisable as the star of a national advertising campaign for Plusnet Broadband. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTzeC3q37FE
ACTING: Craig is also an accomplished actor and presenter and graduate of The Court Theatre Training Company. His Spotlight Entry can be viewed here: http://www.spotlight.com/0532-3494-8894
“…a great line in Northern humour” – Spoonfed.co.uk
“Craig Murray knows his comedy roots… his material was well presented [and] recognisably funny” – Chortle.co.uk
“Bloody funny” – Jo Brand