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15 May 1970 |
Justin Moorhouse (born 15 May 1970) is an English stand-up comedian, radio DJ and actor from Manchester. He appeared in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, Looking for Eric and Guess The Attendance. Moorhouse has also appeared as a guest the Dave TV series "As yet untitled" with Alan Davies.
Moorhouse was a salesman for many years before contacting a comedy club, the Frog and Bucket in Oldham Street, Manchester and performing a stand up comedy routine, aged 29. In 2002, he competed in a local comedy competition held at the Southern pub in Chorlton, winning the final held at the Comedy Store Manchester. Soon afterwards, he performed in a comedy tour, before getting the role of Young Kenny in Phoenix Nights. Although Young Kenny is a Manchester City supporter, Moorhouse himself supports their rivals, Manchester United.
Moorhouse appeared in the film Looking for Eric as "Spleen".
From 7 December 2010 to 22 January 2011, he starred in Harold Brighouse's play Zack at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. From August 2014 to September 2014, Moorhouse played Dean Upton in Coronation Street.
In 2014, Moorhouse became the voice of Vimto's Vimtoad.
In 2015 he is the resident compere of the Heatons' Comedy Evening, which takes place at the Heatons' Sports Club, Stockport on the first Sunday of every month.
In the 2010 series of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, he appeared as one of the supporting acts. In the 2011–12 series of Celebrity Mastermind, he was one of the winners. His chosen specialist subject was Les Dawson. In 2013, he guest starred in Still Open All Hours. On the 27th and 28th October 2016 he appeared in UKTV W channel's Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live broadcast from Elvey Farm Hotel near Pluckley in Kent, UK, supposedly the most haunted village in England. He was teamed up with friend and fellow Mancunian, actor John Thomson as they were pitted against fellow celebrity guests performing spooky challenges in the reality-based show leading up to Halloween. Paranormal-skeptic Moorhouse and roommate Thomson stayed one night in the hotel after completing their tasks.
He has presented various shows at Manchester commercial radio station, Key 103 until February 2013. These shows include weekday drive and afternoons and more recently Sunday mornings with Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine.
He has written and appeared in his own BBC Radio 4 sitcom Everyone Quite Likes Justin. Elisabeth Mahoney, reviewing the comedy in The Guardian, said of the pilot episode "There's a satisfyingly high gag hit-rate for this new comedy about a radio presenter".
He is also a semi-regular guest on 7 Day Sunday and Fighting Talk, both broadcast on 5 Live. He also occasionally presents shows on BBC Radio Manchester, and is now an occasional 'friend' on Colin Murray and Friends, which is aired from 10am to 1pm, on weekdays on talkSPORT.
- "The Heatons Comedy Evening".
- BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Everyone Quite Likes Justin
- Mahoney, Elisabeth (29 June 2011). "Radio review: Everyone Quite Likes Justin". The Guardian. London.
- Naughton, Pete (6 May 2014). "The best comedy podcasts". The Telegraph.
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