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January 2, 1974 |
Shropshire, England, UK
Toby Hadoke (born 2 January 1974) is an English actor, writer and stand-up comedian. He is particularly well known for his work on the Manchester comedy circuit, where he performs regularly. He runs the multi award winning XS Malarkey comedy club, and is involved with many of the more experimental and financially accessible nights in the region. His comedy tends towards the topical and/or political, and his trademark high octane rants are particular favourites with his regular audience.
Born in between Ludlow and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, he grew up in a small village called Loughton. He was educated at Ludlow C.E. School and Ludlow 6th Form College before reading English and Drama at Manchester University, where he first dabbled in stand-up comedy.
Hadoke runs the award-winning XS Malarkey Comedy Club in Manchester. This began in 1997 at Scruffy Murphys, Fallowfield (where the night was called Murphy's Malarkey), before moving (in 2001) over the road to Bar XS (renamed Remedy in 2008).
Hadoke is the regular compere for the night, which he runs on a non-profit making basis. Acts who have played there include Peter Kay, Mick Miller, Chris Addison, Sarah Millican, Phill Jupitus, Dave Spikey, Jimmy Carr, Reginald D Hunter, Sarah Kendall, Seymour Mace and John Oliver.
Hadoke is a founding member of the Comedy Store sketch troupe The Unbroadcastable Radio Show.
Hadoke won the inaugural Les Dawson Award for Services To Comedy at the 2003 Manchester Comedy Festival (beating a shortlist including Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas, Caroline Aherne, Dave Spikey and Ken Dodd).
Hadoke is also the Resident Compere at the Limelight Comedy Club (Previously the Ribbed Comedy Club) at the Limelight Club on Hightown in Crewe, Cheshire. He was also the compere at Ribbed 2 (Ribbed Squared) at Square One, Mill Street, Crewe.
In 2008 he won the Chortle Award for Best Off-Stage Contribution for his work promoting comedy in the North West and at XS Malarkey.
In 2009, Hadoke will be appearing in the UK tour of the hit American improv show, Totally Looped.
Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf
His first one man show, Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, was a critical and popular success at The 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Charting his passion for the television series Doctor Who in an autobiographical manner, it received many favourable write ups, including one on the internet forum on Outpost Gallifrey from Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat.
In 2008 the show embarked on a much larger tour, starting in Ireland in January and finishing in Basingstoke in November. In April 2008 it enjoyed at two week run at London's West End, at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. During the London run, David Tennant provided a vocal cameo for the show which has been included in all subsequent performances.
A full cast adaptation of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf was recorded in May 2007 and broadcast on digital channel BBC7 in July, prior to a BBC Audiobooks CD release. It featured Hadoke as himself narrating, with guest appearances from Doctor Who actors Colin Baker and Louise Jameson, plus comedian Alfie Joey and Early Doors actor James Quinn as The Voice Of The BBC. It received a five star review from SFX magazine and was nominated as Best Drama in the 2008 Sony Awards.
Other Doctor Who work
He has moderated the DVD commentaries for several Doctor Who stories: "The Rescue" and "The Romans" (released in 2009 as a box set); "The Curse of Peladon" and "The Monster of Peladon" (released together in 2010); The Time Monster (released in 2010 as part of the "Myths and Legends" box set); The Dominators (released 2010); 'The Ark (released 2011); and "The Krotons" (released 2012).
In 2009, Hadoke collaborated with writer Rob Shearman to watch and comment on every episode of Doctor Who from the programme's debut in 1963 to David Tennant's final story. The resulting discussions are being published as Running Through Corridors: Rob and Toby's Marathon Watch of Doctor Who, a three-volume series from Mad Norwegian Press. The first volume, covering the 1960s, was published in 2010; the second volume, covering the 1970s, is scheduled for release in November 2011.
Hadoke appears as a bartender in a cameo appearance in An Adventure in Space and Time, a docudrama detailing the early history of Doctor Who.
- "My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver". Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- Hadoke, Toby. "Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf". Toby Hadoke's website. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
- Hadoke, Toby. "Other work". Toby Hadoke's website. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
- "Running Through Corridors: Rob and Toby’s Marathon Watch of Doctor Who (Vol. 1: The 60s)". Mad Norwegian Press. Retrieved 10 March 2011.