Ian Cognito is a British stand-up comedian. An iconoclastic performer, Cognito has been compared to Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and Jerry Sadowitz but has never achieved success in the mainstream media, in part at least due to his irascible reputation. He won the Time Out Award for Stand-up Comedy in 1999.
Cognito plays with audience's sensibilities, as when winning cheers with an emotive speech against domestic violence and then puncturing it with a lengthy dance to Darius Danesh's hit 'Rushes' in his crotchless lime harlequin costume. 
His autobiography appeared on Kindle in 2013, billed as "the best book about comedy I have ever writ".
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- "'Shit, fan; fan, shit... let's see what happens' : Features 2013 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
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