Ashley Blaker

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Ashley Blaker is a British comedian and television producer. He has been described by JPost as "the UK's only Orthodox stand-up comedian".[1][2] Blaker is a writer for TV and radio and was producer of Little Britain.[3]

Early life[edit]

Blaker is an alumnus of Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, where he was a contemporary of Sacha Baron Cohen[1] and friend of Matt Lucas, with whom he went on to create Little Britain.[3] He is a graduate of both Oxford University and Cambridge University,[4]

Career[edit]

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"".[5] It was broadcast in June 2018 as part of BBC Radio Four's Stand-Up Specials series.[6] Blaker's stand-up show, Observant Jew, is part of the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[8] 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."[8]


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