John first hit the stage as a stand up back in 1999 at the Stand Comedy club in Edinburgh, after taking part in one of the venues comedy workshops. Just three months he was asked to take part in his first Edinburgh festival run in the showcase Stand Up Scotland, a platform for the best new emerging talent from over the border.
From there John went on to join the Fish Supper sketch troupe. Working alongside Miles Jupp (Ballymory) Julie Coomb (River city) and Colin Ramon.
The show ran for three consecutive years at the festival and at both the Stand clubs. It received great critical acclaim and was considered for a run with BBC Scotland. Alas this was not to be and it was around this point that John decided to focus his energy on his work as a stand up.
In 2003 he completed another festival run with Scots Asian Comic Saj Chaudry in the show Mongrel Nation. A light hearted look at the racial diversity of his home country.
In the same year John won the Spike Milligan award for new talent in Scotland and was narrowly squeezed by in the national final where the judges took over an hour to come to a final decision.
John has a disarming and friendly persona that chucks buckets of charm across the stage, which has made him popular across Scotland and the North of England. He now lives in Newcastle and can be found headlining and compeering all the regular comedy clubs from Manchester to Liverpool, back up to Newcastle and down the way to Sheffield and Leeds. More recently he has taken to after dinner work with great results.
Johns material merges everyday story telling, mixed alongside accurate observations, with a cunning ability to fire out several quick fire one liners before the audience knows what"s hit them. His subject matters cover everything from middle class dinner parties, Braveheart and on to observations on life in northern England. He admits he does have a slightly risqué edge and will push boundaries when he feels the time is right. So far he"s never received a single complaint. Just the way his mum likes it.
Praise for his stand up.
"A Diamond in the rough" The List.
"Members of the audience were quit literally in tears of laughter. A grungy mix of Billy Connelly and Aragorn." Edinburgh Evening News.
"Among the top five comics emerging from Scotland today." The Observer.
Praise for Fish Supper.
"Catch them live now before some savvy TV producer snatches them up." The Herald.
"At the cutting edge of comedy." The Stage.