Ashley Blaker is a British comedian and television producer. He has been described by JPost as "the UK's only Orthodox stand-up comedian". Blaker is a writer for TV and radio and was producer of Little Britain.
Blaker is an alumnus of Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, where he was a contemporary of Sacha Baron Cohen and friend of Matt Lucas, with whom he went on to create Little Britain. He is a graduate of both Oxford University and Cambridge University,
Blaker produced and directed Little Britain for BBC Radio 4. In 2017, he was commissioned by the BBC to create a show called the "Goyish Guide To Judaism", described as "an insider's view of his religion"". It was broadcast in June 2018 as part of BBC Radio Four's Stand-Up Specials series. Blaker's stand-up show, Observant Jew, is part of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
His material has been described by the New York Times as being different from most other Jewish comics': "In contrast to most overtly Jewish comedy, which usually compares Jews and gentiles, most of his material juxtaposes the frum and not frum." The paper's review described him as "a skilled joke-teller with none of the borscht belt timing you would expect from a Catskills comic. And since we rarely hear the perspective of the ultra-Orthodox in comedy clubs, there’s a pleasing freshness about an act that offers a look into a world often hidden from public view."
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