Iain Stirling

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Iain Stirling
Stirling at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2011
Born Iain Andrew Stirling
(1988-01-27) 27 January 1988 (age 27)
Occupation Comedian, presenter, writer
Years active 2007–present

Iain Andrew Stirling (born 27 January 1988)[1] is a Scottish comedian, writer and television presenter from Edinburgh now based in Manchester.

Having started stand-up whilst in his final year of Law at the University of Edinburgh, a year which saw him make the final of both the Paramount Funniest Student and Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year competitions, he is now a regular on the UK comedy circuit. Having been dubbed one of Scotland's 'Hottest Newcomers' by The Scotsman after his performance in front of 750 people at the Glasgow Fruitmarket,[2] he now gigs all over the UK including The Stand (Glasgow and Edinburgh), The Comedy Store (Manchester and London), Off The Kerb and various smaller clubs. Stirling also appeared in a singing contest in 2002.

After being spotted at a gig, Iain has since presented the CBBC Channel along with his canine sidekick Hacker T. Dog from the CBBC TV show Scoop, and other sidekicks including Dodge the Dog, 'The Toad of Wisdom', and 'Pig With 'Tasche'. He has also worked as a writer on a number of projects for the likes of CBBC and BBC Scotland. He also appeared in Scoop as the postboy in the first four episodes of the new series.[3]

In August 2009, Iain performed in the final of the Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, finishing runner-up to winner Joe Lycett.[4] Iain presents CBBC's show, Help! My Supply Teacher's Magic – the show puts magicians in schools and tricks children into thinking they are teachers. Stirling also presented 12 Again, a show in which celebrities talk about what they were like when they were twelve. Stirling also co-presents All Over the Place. In 2012, he made an appearance on Russell Howard's Good News Extra. On 1 February 2013 Stirling left CBBC. Since October 2012, he has been touring with Russell Kane as a warm up act for 'Posturing Delivery'.

The dog ate my homework[edit]

In early October 2013, Stirling began recording for a new series for CBBC, The Dog Ate My Homework, which was commissioned as the CBBC answer to Mock the Week.[5] The show features two teams of comedians or celebrities and a child as team leader. Stirling hosts the show of 'off-the-wall questions, nonsensical studio games, and slapstick challenges'.[6] He was nominated for a BAFTA in 2014 for best children's presenter for his hosting of the programme.[7] The show has had 2 series and a possible third for 2016.


  1. ^ "''CBBC Stars'' – Click "Personal Stuff" for date of birth". Bbc.co.uk. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Theatre - Trilogy: Part Three - News - Scotsman.com". Thescotsman.scotsman.com. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "CBBC Programmes – Scoop, Series 2, Trying My Patients". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Student Comedy Award Final 2009's description : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "CBBC commissions panel show for kids". British Comedy Guide. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "'CBBC's answer to Mock The Week' - Iain Stirling to host new panel show". Chortle. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Children's - Presenter in 2014". BAFTA. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 

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