Roberts studied English at Cambridge University while he started in comedy. He entered into the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2005, in which he was a finalist. In 2006, he wrote and starred in his own radio pilot, Spats. The programme went on to broadcast two series in 2007 and 2008. He has also written for other comedy radio shows, such as Act Your Age, The Now Show and The News Quiz.
John Luke Roberts also co-founded the successful and regular comedy night, the Alternate Comedy Memorial Society with Thom Tuck. They are not a traditional double act, hosting the show held at the Soho Theatre. He has a whistle, but never uses it. Trademarks of his set include insulting the audience with pre-written insults on cards and being handsome.
John Luke Roberts is the creator behind the BBC comedy video Extreme Amazing Super-Chess! (Chess.). This video has now accumulated over half million views on YouTube.
At the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe festival, Roberts's joke "I made a Battenberg where the two colours ran alongside each other. I called it apartheid sponge" was voted one of the 10 worst jokes of the event.
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