Simon Evans born 9 May 1965 is an English comedian, born in Luton and now living in Hove
- 1 Early life
- 2 Stand-up comedy
- 3 Television writing
- 4 Television appearances
- 5 Radio
- 6 Voice-overs
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Evans attended Verulam School in St Albans and then studied law at Southampton University, graduating in 1986
Evans is an established UK comedian with his own BBC Radio 4 series Simon Evans Goes to Market, and with numerous TV appearances to his name He was on Live at the Apollo Jan 2013 and was a weekly regular on Stand Up for the Week Autumn 2013, Channel Four TV appearances have also included Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow in Sunderland BBC One, 2010 and Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live BBC Three, 2010
A look at the economics behind everything from sugar, alcohol, coffee, land, gold, social media and even birth, marriage and death, Simon Evans Goes to Market returned for a fourth series to BBC Radio 4 in Spring 2018
A prolific live act, Simon toured his show ‘Fringe Magnet’ in 2010–11, ‘Friendly Fire’ 2011-2012, then ‘Leashed’ which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2013 In 2018 Simon is touring his latest show Genius which garnered 5 reviews at Edinburgh in 2017 and was described in the Scotsman as an 'extraordinarily accomplished hour a masterclass in socio-political comedy'
In early 2010, Simon Evans supported Lee Mack on his UK tour – Going Out and as a writer has made a long running contribution to Lee Mack’s BBC sitcom Not Going Out
He has performed one man shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2000 and at the New Zealand Comedy Festival 2002, Cape Town Comedy Festival 2001 as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Winnipeg and Dubai In July 2004 he performed at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and the following spring at the Aspen Comedy Festival in Colorado Since July 2010 when he appeared alongside Emo Philips at Latitude Festival in Suffolk he has returned to Latitude on several occasions
In early 2018, after an appearance on BBC R4 The News Quiz, Simon Evans was referred to by Rod Liddle in The Spectator as a right-wing comedian Liddle has since referenced Simon in his Sun newspaper column as a comedian 'who knows it's not sufficient just to stand there taking the ps out of people who voted for Brexit Evans took the ps out of EVERYTHING and was hilarious' Dominic Maxwell in The Times 26 March 2018 describes Genius as an intelligent, reliably funny show that nods to everything from John Ruskin to PornHub to Ivan Turgenev’s two-kilo brain' and notes that 'Evans has fun with the right and the left'
Simon also makes regular contributions in a slightly more serious vein, as a regular guest on current affairs TV shows most recently The Big Questions, BBC One, Jan 18 and on Andrew Neil’s This Week, BBC One on several occasions as well as on live radio, eg Radio Five’s Afternoon Edition He was also part of the comedians’ team on University Challenge: The Professionals BBC Two – narrowly beaten by eventual series winners the Ministry of Justice! - and has won Celebrity Mastermind BBC One: his specialist subject was Ernest Shackleton
Evans has written for TV shows including:
- The Big Breakfast
- Lily Savage
- Johnny Vaughan Tonight
- Look at the State We're In'
- TV Heaven, Telly Hell
- The Late Edition
- They Think It's All Over
- Eight out of Ten Cats
- Turn Back Time
- Not Going Out
He has appeared on The Comedy Store Five and The Stand Up Show BBC1 Simon's other television appearances include the Comedy Network, Five's Company Five and as a contestant on The Krypton Factor
- Brain Candy BBC Choice 2002
- The Way It Is BBC1 2000
- Edinburgh Nights BBC2
- The Comedy Store Five
- The Stand Up Show BBC1
- Gas Channel 4
- Life's a Pitch BBC1 2000
- The Comedy Network Five
- Five's Company Five
- Take a Girl Like You 2000
- Rich Hall's Cattle Drive 2006 as Melvin Turpin
- Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow BBC1 2010
- Dave's One Night Stand Dave 2011
- Mock the Week BBC2 2011
- Dara Ó Briain: School of Hard Sums Dave 2012
- Live at the Apollo BBC1 2013
- The Big Questions BBC1 21 January 2018
Evans appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 – hosting and writing seven series of the spoof news show The Way It Is as Richard Richard, as well as appearing on numerous panel games including The News Quiz, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive and The Unbelievable Truth, and discussion programmes such as Off the Page
He is a regular contributor to both BBC Radio 4 and London Live and has had full-length comedy scripts commissioned by the BBC for both TV and radio
- The Way It Is Radio 4 – Writer and performer
- Best Policy Radio 4 – Anchored
- True Lies, A world without and others Radio 4 – Pundit/panellist
- Beating the System Radio 4 – Sole writer and performer
- Troublestarter Radio 4 – Three part series – Sole writer and performer
- The Mighty Boosh Radio 4 – Performer
- The News Quiz Radio 4 – Performer
- The Big Booth Radio 4 – Performer
- Simon Evans Goes To Market Radio 4
Evans is the voice of 'Old Speckled Henry', the fox in the television advertisements for Old Speckled Hen
- ^ "Simon Evans" Comedy CV Retrieved 23 August 2013
- ^ "Spotted: a right-wing comedian on the BBC | Coffee House" Coffee House 2018-01-06 Retrieved 2018-01-07
- ^ a b "Simon Evans Goes to Market" BBC iPlayer Radio BBC Retrieved 7 January 2018
- ^ http://wwwbbccouk/programmes/b09pt4zh
- ^ "Simon Evans Goes to Market - BBC Radio 4" BBC Retrieved 2018-01-07
- ^ "Simon Evans" Retrieved 24 August 2014
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