Jake Yapp

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Jake Yapp is a British comedian who 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 is 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...'

He recently wrote and voiced the new British reality motoring entertainment show Ronnie's Redneck Roadtrip, broadcast on Dave (TV channel) in the UK and Kodi in the US in April 2017.

Since 2016 Yapp has been hosting Sunday breakfast on talkRADIO alongside Laura Shavin and regularly covers weekday shows.

Yapp's newest live show 'One in a Millon', from Edinburgh Festival 2016, is coming to the Soho Theatre in London, UK in June 2017.


  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. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "BBC Radio Leeds - Jake Yapp". Bbc.co.uk. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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