Ian Macpherson (comedian)
|Born||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Medium||Stand-up, novels, short stories, poetry|
|Genres||character comedy, surreal humour, wit|
Ian Macpherson is an Irish writer and performer. He is best known for his stand-up comedy (especially his work in alternative comedy of the 1980s) and for his comic novel, Deep Probings: the autobiography of a genius (1999), which loosely parallels his own life. In 2004, Deep Probings was featured as a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. He has also written a number of children's books including Late Again! (2000).
2011 saw the publication of The Autobiography of Ireland's Greatest Living Genius, an omnibus containing both Deep Probings and its previously unpublished sequel, Posterity Now.
He was described by Arthur Smith as "Comedy's answer to James Joyce" and by Stewart Lee as "Pre-dating and pre-empting all contemporary Irish comics, and the originator of the most influential joke of all time, Ian Macpherson is the Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb of stand-up comedy."
Later, in London he became involved with children’s, street and fringe theatre. He wrote and acted in such shows as One For The Road, Mutiny on the Bountiny (sic) and The Good, The Bad and The Banana. He later moved into stand-up comedy to great acclaim and won the first Time Out Comedy Award in 1988.
Several one-man shows followed at the Edinburgh festival, including The Chair at the Assembly Rooms (2001) and The Joy Of Death (2002) at the Pleasance. At this time he was also writing comedy scripts and radio plays.
- Ian Macpherson Official site
- Loose Trousers Ian's Blog
- Deep Probings at Amazon.co.uk
- Bottled Air Ian's series of short stories on BBC Radio 4
- Ian Macpherson at Comedy CV
- "Supporting the Arts" A short story by Ian Macpherson about arts subsidies
- Late Again! at Amazon.co.uk