Paul Tonkinson

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Paul Tonkinson (born 1969 in Scarborough) is an English radio presenter and television personality. He is perhaps best known for his work presenting on The Big Breakfast[1] and The Sunday Show and his appearances on list programmes where he comments on popular culture. He was winner of the 1992 Time Out New Act of the Year Award and was Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997. He is an avid supporter of Manchester United F.C..


Tonkinson has been a regular on the UK comedy circuit for over fifteen years, playing both public gigs and corporate events, and regularly taking shows to the Edinburgh Festival.

Paul is also regularly booked by the UK Armed Forces, and was the first comic to perform in Iraq after the war officially ended.[2]

He's won two Time Out Comedy Awards.


Television credits include:

For BBC: Stand Up for the Homeless, The Stand Up Show, The Sunday Show, Comic Relief does Fame Academy, EastEnders Revealed, Liquid News, Good Evening Rockall, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

For Channel 4: The Big Breakfast, Take the Mike, Pop Gun, Top Ten, Dicing With Debt.

For ITV: Stand Up, Live at Jongleurs, Raw Soap and Raw Soap II.

For Sky: The Film Show, Lorraine, Spend It Like Beckham

Others: Live from the Comedy Store (five), MTV Hot (MTV), Hey DJ (UK Play)


His early radio career included The Paul Tonkinson Show on London Live, as well as contributions to various Radio 4 comedy programmes, including Loose Ends and Weekending. He was also featured on Radio 4's Live From the Comedy Store.

He became the inaugural Breakfast Show presenter on Xfm Manchester upon launch on 15 March 2006, before moving to Xfm London in 2007. There he initially presented a variety of daytime shows to become familiar to listeners, before taking over the Drivetime slot from Richard Bacon. Following the sudden departure of Lauren Laverne from the Breakfast Show in April 2007, producers called on his experience in Manchester and asked him to step in. This was only a stop-gap solution, however, as he decided to focus on returning to the London stand-up circuit.

He most recently presented the syndicated Saturday lunchtime show, a slot previously occupied by Lauren Laverne, Adam & Joe, and Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant, before leaving radio work completely to focus on stand-up comedy.

His Manchester United devotion has led him to co-present a dedicated podcast, ManYoo Redcast with fan Eddie Nestor.


Awarding Body/Event Awarded
  • 2002 Best Comedy Performer
Time Out
  • 1997 Stand Up Comic of the Year
  • 1992 New Act of the Year Award

He is a former pupil of Scalby School.


  1. ^ Jones, Ian (2004). Morning glory: a history of British breakfast television. Kelly. p. 206. ISBN 978-1-903053-20-1. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  2. ^ JLA Presenters - Paul Tonkinson - Biography, Jeremy Lee Agency, Retrieved February 2, 2011
Media offices
Preceded by
XFM Manchester Breakfast Presenter
Succeeded by
Jason Manford
Preceded by
Richard Bacon
XFM London Drivetime Presenter
Succeeded by
Ian Camfield
Preceded by
Lauren Laverne
XFM London Breakfast Presenter
Succeeded by
Alex Zane
Preceded by
Lauren Laverne
XFM Saturday Lunchtime Presenter
Succeeded by
Danny Wallace