Simon Evans

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Simon Evans
Born (1965-05-09) 9 May 1965 (age 54)
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
MediumStand-up, Television, Radio
GenresObservational comedy, Black comedy, Satire
Subject(s)Everyday life, Family, Marriage, Human interaction, Current events
SpouseKate van Beek (m. 2003)

Simon Evans (born 9 May 1965) is an English comedian, born in Luton and now living in Hove.

Early life[edit]

Evans attended Verulam School in St Albans and then studied law at Southampton University, graduating in 1986.

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Evans is an established UK comedian with his own BBC Radio 4 series Simon Evans Goes to Market, and with numerous TV appearances to his name. He was on Live at the Apollo (Jan 2013) and was a weekly regular on Stand Up for the Week (Autumn 2013, Channel Four). TV appearances have also included Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow in Sunderland (BBC One, 2010) and Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC Three, 2010).

A look at the economics behind everything from sugar, alcohol, coffee, land, gold, social media and even birth, marriage and death, Simon Evans Goes to Market returned for a fourth series to BBC Radio 4 in Spring 2018.

A prolific live act, Simon toured his show Fringe Magnet in 2010–11, Friendly Fire 2011-2012, then Leashed which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2013. In 2018 Simon is touring his latest show Genius which garnered 5* reviews at Edinburgh in 2017 and was described in The Scotsman as an 'extraordinarily accomplished hour... a masterclass in socio-political comedy'.

In early 2010, Simon Evans supported Lee Mack on his UK tour – Going Out and as a writer has made a long running contribution to Lee Mack's BBC sitcom Not Going Out.

He has performed one-man shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2000 and at the New Zealand Comedy Festival 2002, Cape Town Comedy Festival 2001 as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Winnipeg and Dubai. In July 2004 he performed at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and the following spring at the Aspen Comedy Festival in Colorado. Since July 2010 when he appeared alongside Emo Philips at Latitude Festival in Suffolk he has returned to Latitude on several occasions.[1][failed verification]

In early 2018, after an appearance on BBC R4 The News Quiz, Simon Evans was referred to by Rod Liddle in The Spectator as a right-wing comedian.[2] Dominic Maxwell in The Times (26 March 2018) described Genius as an intelligent, reliably funny show that nods to everything from John Ruskin to PornHub to Ivan Turgenev's two-kilo brain' and notes that 'Evans has fun with the right and the left'.

Evans also makes regular contributions in a slightly more serious vein, as a regular guest on current affairs TV shows (most recently The Big Questions, BBC One, 18 Jan and on Andrew Neil's This Week, BBC One on several occasions) as well as on live radio, eg Radio Five's Afternoon Edition. He was also part of the comedians' team on University Challenge: The Professionals (BBC Two) – narrowly beaten by eventual series winners the Ministry of Justice! - and has won Celebrity Mastermind (BBC One): his specialist subject was Ernest Shackleton.

Television writing[edit]

Evans has written for TV shows including:

Television appearances[edit]

Evans has appeared on The Comedy Store (Five) and The Stand Up Show (BBC1). Evans's other television include shows on the Comedy Network, and appearances on Five's Company (Five) and as a contestant on The Krypton Factor.


Evans appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 – hosting and writing seven series of the spoof news show The Way It Is (as Richard Richard), as well as appearing on numerous panel games including The News Quiz, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive and The Unbelievable Truth, and discussion programmes such as Off the Page.

He is a regular contributor to both BBC Radio 4 and London Live and has had full-length comedy scripts commissioned by the BBC for both TV and radio.

  • The Way It Is (Radio 4) – Writer and performer
  • Best Policy (Radio 4) – Anchored
  • True Lies, A world without... and others (Radio 4) – Pundit/panellist
  • Beating the System (Radio 4) – Sole writer and performer
  • Troublestarter (Radio 4) – Three part series – Sole writer and performer
  • The Mighty Boosh (Radio 4) – Performer
  • The News Quiz (Radio 4) – Performer
  • The Big Booth (Radio 4) – Performer
  • Simon Evans Goes To Market (Radio 4)[5]


Evans is the voice of 'Old Speckled Henry', the fox in the television advertisements for Old Speckled Hen.[6]


  1. ^ "Simon Evans". Comedy CV. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Spotted: a right-wing comedian on the BBC | Coffee House". Coffee House. 6 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Simon Evans Goes to Market". BBC iPlayer Radio. BBC. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
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  5. ^ "Simon Evans Goes to Market - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Simon Evans". Retrieved 24 August 2014.

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