Jake Yapp

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Jake Yapp is a British comedian.


Yapp first came to prominence in the mid-1990s on Martin Kelner's radio shows on BBC North and Jazz FM playing the character Dame Dora Dale. This led to the award-winning BBC 7 show Pleased to Meet You [1] in 2006. Two new episodes were transmitted by BBC Radio 4 Extra over Christmas 2011.

A semi-finalist in the 2000 Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award, Yapp performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008 (Bum Notes) and 2009 (Hallo, Music Lovers & Free at Four). He had a regular slot on BBC 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny breakfast show[2] until July 2011. Yapp also created and performed The Chesney Bentings Mysteries for BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce show as part of 2011's Comic Relief.

From August 2011 until December 2012, Yapp presented his own Friday and Saturday morning shows on BBC Radio Leeds.[3]

Yapp is well known for his YouTube parody of a day in the life of BBC Radio 4 titled 'Radio Four In Four Minutes'. He has also been a contributor to BBC2's Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe and BBC Radio 4's The Now Show and has also appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

In the lead-up to the 2015 UK General Election, Yapp performed live on BBC2's Newsnight with musical renditions of political party manifestos, with accompaniment from Harry The Piano. He performed at the 2015 Camden Fringe alongside his brother Joe Yapp with a show entitled 'Onederland', a satirical and musical examination of BBC One.

In 2016 he wrote and presented a series of short, comic histories of scientific knowledge on BBC Radio 4 entitled 'Everything We've Ever Known About...' In 2016 Yapp began hosting Sunday breakfast on talkRADIO, initially alongside Laura Shavin; he also regularly covered weekday shows. He presented his final show on the station on 14 January 2018.

Yapp wrote and voiced the new British reality motoring entertainment show Ronnie's Redneck Roadtrip, which was broadcast on Dave in the UK, and Kodi in the US in April 2017.

Yapp's newest live show 'One in a Millon', from Edinburgh Festival 2016, was restaged at the Soho Theatre in London in June 2017. Starting in November 2017 Yapp narrated the comedy clip show The Hurting broadcast on Dave.

In July and August 2018, 'Jake Yapp's Media Circus', a four-part satirical series, was broadcast on BBC radio.[4]


  1. ^ Cooke, Rachel (31 July 2006). "It's not so grim up north". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 4 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Writer's Guild April 2011". Writersguild.org.uk. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ "BBC Radio Leeds - Jake Yapp". Bbc.co.uk. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Jake Yapp's Media Circus". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 31 July 2018.

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