Karl Lucas

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Karl Lucas
Birth name Karl John Lucas
Born (1972-03-29) 29 March 1972 (age 45)
Manchester, England, UK
Nationality British
Years active 1995–present
Notable works and roles Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice (2008)
Phoenix Nights (2001–02)
Osbournes Reloaded.[1] (2008–09)
Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002–present)
Three Sony Awards (1999/2000).[2] (2004)

Karl John Lucas (born 29 March 1972) is an English comedian, actor[3] and writer,[4] who has written for and appeared in a number of television, music videos and radio comedy programmes, as well as various theatre productions.

Lucas worked on Galaxy 102's Breakfast show which collectively won three Sony Awards (1999/2000) — [2] Gold in 1999 and Silver in 2000 for Best Breakfast Show. Lucas was writer and comedy sidekick on the show and was awarded his own Sony Award (Bronze) for his part of the 'Sticker Vicar' in 1999.[1]

Lucas is a graduate of the University of Salford, with a BA Honours and HND in Performing Arts. He graduated with distinction in 1996 and is listed on the Manchester Evening News' 'Hall of Fame'.[5]

Lucas played Richard, a member of the fictional Pop group 2 Up, 2 down on Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice (2008) a spoof on the talent show genre of programmes. Some of the shows most memorable moments saw 2 Up 2 Down singing a duet with Rick Astley, getting Hip-Hop dance lessons off Lionel Blair and Richard's rap in the middle of "The Winner's Song" (co-written by Gary Barlow).[citation needed]

He is one of the only British comedians who has worked as a warm up on American TV shows: America's Got Talent and Osbournes Reloaded.[6]

Peter Kay[edit]

Lucas has worked closely with Peter Kay[4] on many of his TV, DVD, Music and Stand-Up projects, as a Writer,[1] Actor and Director. He was a Tour Manager for Peter Kay's Mum Wants a Bungalow Tour and filmed/directed a documentary called One Hundred and Eighty: The Tour Documentary. Lucas supports Comic Relief and has donated his time as a consultant writer/backstage director on the Comic Relief Charity singles "500 Miles" and "Is this the way to Amarillo", and has cameo appearances in both videos.


Lucas has written scripts, story lines, additional material, sketches and provided material for Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice,[1] The Coronation Street Panto, Coronation Street, You've Been Framed,[4] Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway,[1][4] A Question of TV, Soap Fever,[4] Loose Women,[1] Max and Paddy's Power of Two,[1] and Osbournes Reloaded in the U.S.[1]

In 2011 he wrote and directed This Morning's first ever live Pantomime. Cinderella featured the regular cast in an all singing and dancing live spectacular.[citation needed]

TV appearances[edit]

DVD appearances[edit]

TV warm up[edit]

Lucas has been a TV warm-Up Man since 1994. His first professional job in TV was a warm up man on University Challenge. He has since worked on such shows as Loose Women[8] Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Icons, and The Katy and Peter Show. He also worked on Epic Win and Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel.[citation needed]

TV producing[edit]

Lucas worked in the USA as a Content Producer (2008–09) for Fremantle Media on Osbournes:Reloaded.

TV presenting[edit]

  • Mischief "Is it coz I is Black?" (BBC) as Presenter (director: Sam Lewens)[7]
  • Soap Fever ITV2 (1999-2003)

Radio presenting[edit]


Lucas is also a disc jockey[6] having worked at Nightclubs and Venues all around the UK (including the infamous Hacienda nightclub), and in the USA where he DJ'd the America's Got Talent wrap party at CBS Studios.[1][9]



  • The Funny Farm Toured as part of Improvised Comedy Group (1999–2000)
  • Hosted Mad abbott Cabaret Edinburgh Festival (1992 and 1995)


In 1999 The Galaxy 102 Breakfast Show was Awarded the Gold for best breakfast show and the Bronze Award for the 'Sticker Vicar'.[1] In 2000, the Galaxy 102 Breakfast Show was awarded a silver Sony Award,[2] Karl's third Sony Award. Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice was Peter Kay's first original show for over four years, and pulled in a massive 7.1 million viewers – making it one of Channel 4's highest rated shows of all time. Winner of 'Best Comedy Performance' at the RTS Awards – describing it as "brilliantly visually realised, and a perfect parody of the genre"; the series received 'Best British Comedy Television Programme' award from BAFTA LA[14] and the 'Best Music/Variety Program' at the Banff World Television awards and also received an Emmy nomination for International Comedy in 2009.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Chris Hudson (8 October 2008). "Comedian Karl has got the Kay factor". Wilmslow Express. M.E.N. Media. Retrieved 24 October 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Radio Awards 2000 winners". Archived from the original on 3 November 2001. 
  3. ^ "Spotlight actors:Karl Lucas". SPOTLIGHT. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Amanda Killelea (1 July 2003). "Laughing His Way To Fame". City Life. M.E.N. Media. 
  5. ^ "Our Own Hall of Fame". menmedia.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Dianne Bourne (15 April 2011). "Manchester comedian Karl Lucas to have US X Factor role?". City Life. M.E.N. Media. 
  7. ^ a b "Mischief:Topical films with balls on". BBC Three. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  8. ^ ITV.com. "Loose Women". Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Multiple sclerosis. "MS Society Scotland's grand ball". Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "24:7 goes off with a real bang...". Kevin Bourke M.E.N Media. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Whatsonstage.com. "The Last Chair (24:7 Festival)". 
  12. ^ The British Theatre guide. "The Last Chair (24:7 Festival)". Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "24:7 Festival – Various Venues by Julia Taylor". Archived from the original on 16 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles". Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "2009 INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARD winners". Retrieved 29 September 2015. 

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