Des Clarke (comedian)

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Des Clarke is a Scottish stand-up comedian and television/radio presenter.[1][2][3][4] Clarke currently presents the breakfast show on 105-106 Capital FM, and writes a weekly column in the Daily Record.[5]


Des Clarke went to Holyrood R.C Secondary School


Clarke presented ITV's long running children's television show SMTV Live from March to December 2003, following the departure of Ant & Dec.

Clarke has hosted Whatever on Sky One, Discovery's Invention SOS and Club Cupid, the adult dating show on STV as well as fronting the Scottish coverage of Children in Need.

Clarke has also been involved in sports broadcasting, appearing regularly on BBC One Scotland’s flagship football programmes, Offside and Sportscene as well as Sportsround on CBBC Channel.

At the end of 2007, Clarke hosted From SR to Lavvie Heid - How We Made the Break, an affectionate look at the top 50 adverts shown in Scotland since 1957 as part of the celebrations for STV's 50th birthday.

Clarke has also appeared in BBC One's Live Floor Show and BBC Two's World Cup's Most Shocking Moments.

Clarke hosted the Closing Ceremony at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Clarke spent three years as a DJ on Scottish radio station Beat 106, fronting the Breakfast Show and winning the Presenter of the Year at the British Radio Awards in 2004.[citation needed]

Clarke later returned to Beat 106 under its new name of Xfm Scotland. On 7 November 2008, Xfm Scotland became Galaxy Scotland and on 10 November 2008, Clarke began hosting a weekday breakfast show with Vanessa Motion, Des & Vanessa @ Breakfast. On 3 January 2011, Galaxy Scotland was renamed and rebranded as 105-106 Capital FM, where he remains as a breakfast co-presenter.


Clarke is a regular performer on the comedy circuit, playing venues such as The Stand, The Comedy Store and Jongleurs.

Clarke has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2001 and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. Clarke has also made appearances at the New York, Adelaide, Dubai and Dublin Comedy Festivals.


In 2012, Clarke starred as the lead comic role, Buttons, in Cinderella, at the King's Theatre in Glasgow. He starred alongside Karen Dunbar as The Fairy Godmother and Gavin Mitchell as an Ugly Sister.

In 2013 it was announced that the cast of Cinderella would be returning for the year's pantomime, Aladdin. Clarke will again play the lead comic role of Wishee Washee, with Dunbar as the Slave of the Ring.


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