John Gordillo

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John Gordillo
John Gordillo in March 2008.
Birth name Alberto John Gordillo
Medium Stand-up and director.
Nationality British
Spouse Cindy Mukombegumi (m. 2016)
Website Official website

John Gordillo is an award-winning Comedian who has directed shows by the Comedian Eddie Izzard and was the host and co-creator of The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance), a daily late-night topical comedy talk show, which played heavily with the conventions of the genre[1] The show ran for 60 episodes until BBC Choice was rebranded as BBC Three.

In 2003 Gordillo made the final shortlist of two comics being considered by the BBC as a full-time replacement for Angus Deayton as host of Have I Got News For You, although Gordillo has never guest-hosted the show. Gordillo was screentested but the BBC offered the job to the other contender Alexander Armstrong before eventually deciding to employ neither comic and instead continue with the guest presenter format.

Gordillo returned to stand up in 2006, taking three critically successful solo shows to the Edinburgh festival in 07, 08, 09. His fourth show Cheap Shots at the Defenceless premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival and played at Sheffield, Glasgow and New Zealand festivals. It was nominated Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival in 2014.

Gordillo has also worked extensively as script editor/director for other comedians including Scott Capurro, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Shappi Khorsandi, Dara Ó Briain, Paul Chowdhry, Michael Mcintyre, Mark Steel and Reginald D Hunter. In 2013, he directed the live tour, DVD and TV versions of Hunter's Live: In the Midst of Crackers.

In 2014 Gordillo produced and co-directed the second series of Freewheeling with Ross Noble for Dave TV. In 2015 Gordillo directed the live DVD Dylan Moran: Off the Hook and has written an independent feature script which, according to his website and an interview with Stuart Goldsmith he will direct.

In March 2016 his work-in-progress stand up set won Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival.


"Gordillo is an inspiration, a consummate performer with an amazing talent, passion and intellect. If you are after cheap, silly laughs avoid this, but if you want intelligent, moving comedy with a point, then you cannot afford to miss it." – Chortle

"A grown-up comic who combines emotional intimacy with high-quality gags. A thought-provoking, kitchen-sink existentialist, asking questions about personal and public politics with a grace and hilarious insight beyond many of the young pretenders" – The Guardian

"Gordillo makes the personal political with the sort of relaxed intelligence associated with Reginald D. Hunter, whose shows Gordillo used to direct. Heartfelt, intellectual or angry, he's dynamite" – The Times

"manages the rare trick of being moving and wildly funny" – Metro

"One of our finest stand ups" – Evening Standard

"Superb" – Time Out

"One of the smartest men in comedy. Typically intelligent, at times extraordinarily frank... this is quality, brain-food comedy. A great hour." – Scotland on Sunday

"There's a case to be made that John Gordillo is one of the key shapers of our modern comedy landscape. His may not be a widely recognised name (he's probably best known as the presenter of topical BBC comedy show The RDA, a brilliant oddity that lives long in the memory), but as a writer, director and benevolent svengali he's helped to set many a major stand-up star on the road to greatness. In his own right, he's a spectacularly creative comic, offering sets that use politics, romance and family relationships as jumping-off points for wildly ambitious social theorising and sparkily funny comedy. He produces shows that genuinely make you think in a whole new way while keeping you laughing throughout. His last solo show, Fuckonomics – proposing a new economic theory based on our desire for sex – was one of the most intellectually ambitious offerings the fringe has seen in recent years. – The Guardian 2013

"Resolutely acute, relentlessly smart comedy with political hues. A grown-up observational comic and all-round bright spark" - The Independent

"A proper comedy animal with a great instinct for what entertains an audience" - The Guardian 2015




  • The RDA with John Gordillo (2000–2001)
  • The Comedy Store
  • 9 Lessons & Carols for Godless People
  • Edinburgh Comedy Festival
  • New Zealand Comedy Gala (2014)


  1. ^ "John Gordillo". John Gordillo. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 

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