Geoff Norcott

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Geoff Norcott
Born
Geoffrey Frank Norcott

(1976-12-16) 16 December 1976 (age 42)
OccupationStand Up Comedian, Comedy Writer and Television presenter
Spouse(s)Married

Geoff Norcott (born 16 December 1976)[citation needed] is an English comedian, writer and political commentator[1] who has been performing since 2001, and has appeared on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Question Time, and written for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Spiked. He claims to be the only outwardly Conservative Party voter on the British comedy circuit,[2] and in 2017, was listed as one of the 'Top 100 Most Influential People on the Conservative Right'.[3]

Early life[edit]

Norcott was raised in South London. His parents divorced when he was 9, and his mother moved with him and his elder sister to a council estate in Wimbledon.

He attended Southfields Secondary School, before moving to the Rutlish School for boys, the same school attended by Conservative Prime Minister John Major.[4]

Norcott holds an English degree from Goldsmiths, University of London, and worked previously as an English teacher.[5]

Early career[edit]

Norcott performed at his first comedy gig two days after 9/11, initially performing as a way of supplementing his teaching income.

In 2005, Norcott was approached to be represented and started to appear on radio and television, as a panellist and presenter on shows for Talksport, Nuts TV and the BBC.[6]

He received an Operational Service Medal for five frontline tours entertaining the troops in Afghanistan.[1]

Recent career[edit]

In 2013, Norcott was nominated for 'Best New Show' at the Leicester Comedy Festival for his show Geoff Norcott Occasionally Sells Out, about - among other things - the fact he was now a Conservative voter, which he then took to the Edinburgh Fringe.[7]

He returned to the Fringe in 2015 with The Look of Moron, a further development of his voice as a political comic,[8] and again in 2016 with Conswervative, which received wide political acclaim and a successful sold-out run.[9]

In early 2017, Norcott made his first appearances on Question Time and as a regular on BBC 2's The Mash Report, both of which he continues to appear on to date.[10]

Norcott took another show, Right Leaning, But Well Meaning, to the Fringe the same year to further acclaim, and the show was later recorded as a radio special for BBC Radio 4, airing in 2018.[11]

In 2018, he made his first appearance on Live at the Apollo, and took a new show, Traditionalism on a UK tour.[12]

Later the same year, Norcott appeared on Mock the Week for the first time, receiving an online backlash being the first openly Brexit voting comic to appear on the show.[13]

He has also appeared on several UK political debate shows, including Politics Live and Daily Politics.

Norcott has written for a number of UK television shows, including A League of Their Own, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Frankie Boyle's New World Order.

A 2019 appearance on Question Time prompted another online backlash for Norcott, after a clip of him calling out European Union President Donald Tusk went viral.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Norcott has been married since 2004.[citation needed]

Live tours[edit]

  • Conswervative (2016)
  • Right Leaning But Well Meaning (2017)
  • Traditionalism (2018)
  • Taking Liberties (2019)

Television credits[edit]

  • Question Time, BBC 2, 2017 – 2019
  • The Jeremy Vine Show, C5, 2019
  • The Wright Stuff, C5, 2018
  • Live at The Apollo, BBC, 2018
  • Mock the Week, BBC 2, 2018
  • Dave’s Advent Calendar, Dave, 2018
  • Politics Live, BBC, 2018
  • The Blame Game, BBC NI, 2017
  • Edinburgh Nights, BBC 2, 2017
  • Comedy Bigmouths, C5, 2017
  • The Mash Report, BBC 2, 2017 - present
  • Daily Politics, BBC, 2017
  • All Out Politics, Sky News, 2017 – present

Radio credits[edit]

  • Right Leaning But Well Meaning, BBC Radio 4
  • Good Week, Bad Week, BBC Radio 5Live
  • The Now Show, BBC Radio 4
  • Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4
  • Breaking the News, Radio Scotland

Writing credits[edit]

  • Have I Got News For You, BBC
  • King Gary, BBC 2
  • Xmas Live At The Apollo, BBC 2
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Channel 4
  • Judge Romesh, Dave
  • A League of Their Own, Sky 1
  • The Sarah Millican Television Programme, BBC 2
  • Roast Battle, Comedy Central
  • Katherine Ryan Stand-up Show, JFL
  • Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, BBC 2
  • The Misadventures of Romesh, BBC 2
  • Fake News, Channel 4
  • Safeword, ITV 2
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats, Channel 4
  • Round Earth, BBC Worldwide

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geoff Norcott - Troika". Troika. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. ^ Geoff Norcott and Grainne Maguire on political stand-up, 5 August 2016, retrieved 28 January 2017
  3. ^ Dale, Iain (2 October 2017). "Iain Dale's 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. May tops it. Davis is second. And Davidson third. | Conservative Home". Conservative Home. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ "John Major's schooldays". The Guardian. 5 October 1999. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  5. ^ "BIG INTERVIEW: Comedian Geoff Norcott explains how at eight-years-old he realised the power of comedy". Somerset County Gazette. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Geoff Norcott Comedian at Big Cheese Comedy". Big Cheese Comedy. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Geoff Norcott Occasionally Sell Out". The List. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Geoff Norcott, comedian tour dates : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Geoff Norcott: Conswervative". The List. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Geoff Norcott - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  11. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Stand-Up Specials, Geoff Norcott: Right Leaning But Well Meaning". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Geoff Norcott: Traditionalism : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Mock The Week - BBC Two - Page 16 - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  14. ^ "'Donald Tusk doesn't have the BALLS to talk to us' - Comedian attacks EU Council President". Express. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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