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Daniel Kitson
Daniel Kitson.jpg
Daniel Kitson on stage in May 2006
Born July 2, 1977 (1977-07-02) (age 32)
Denby Dale, West Yorkshire
Medium Stand-up comedian, actor, playwright
Nationality British
Years active 1999 - present
Perrier Comedy Award (2002)
The Scotsman Fringe First Award (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
Stage Awards for Acting Excellence (2006)
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award (2007)
Brighton Festival Argus Angel Award (2007)

Daniel Kitson (born 2 July 1977 in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire)[1][2] is an English stand-up comedian.



Born to a lecturer father and primary school head teacher mother,[2] Kitson began performing comedy at the age of 16.[2] He was a pupil at Scissett Middle School and Shelley College in Yorkshire, England. Kitson subsequently studied drama at Roehampton Institute, now known as Roehampton University.[1][2]

He was nominated for the 2001 Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for his show Love, Innocence and the Word Cock before winning it in 2002 for the show Something.[3][4]

As well as stand up, Kitson has written and performed "story shows". The first was A Made Up Story at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe,[5] followed by Stories For the Wobbly-Hearted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2005. The latter show opened at the Traverse Theatre for the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and won a Scotsman Fringe First Award. In 2006, Kitson took Stories For The Wobbly Hearted to the Brits Off Broadway Festival in New York.[6] In June 2006 the story show made up one half of his Regents Park Open Air Theatre appearance, where Kitson's stories were accompanied by songs from Gavin Osborn. His story show, C-90, opened at the Traverse for the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It was awarded both a Fringe First and The Stage Acting Award for Best Solo Show.

In 2007, Kitson toured It's The Fireworks Talking and the story show C-90 in the UK, Australia, New York and Paris. There was a second Open Air Theatre show in June 2007. Kitson also complemented his Australian tour of C-90 with a loosely structured stand up show titled At 10PM, Daniel Kitson Will Be Drinking Tea and Blowing Minds, a reference to a line from the movie Dazed and Confused.

It's The Fireworks Talking won Kitson the Barry Award - named after veteran Australian comedian Barry Humphries - at the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. C90 was awarded an Argus Angel Award at the 2007 Brighton Festival.

In the first half of 2008 Kitson toured his show The Impotent Fury of the Privileged. He played work-in progress gigs in January and early February before presenting the show at 28 dates during May & June. In July 2008 he began previews of his Edinburgh Festival show, 66A Church Road: A Lament, Made Of Memories And Kept In Suitcases. [7]

In 2009 Kitson is performing two new shows: 'We Are Gathered Here' & 'The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church'.


Kitson has a reputation within the comedy industry for shunning television work due to the perceived lack of control over the final product in comparison to stand up. He did appear in an episode of That Peter Kay Thing, The Arena, and as the recurring character Spencer in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, a move that Peter Kay said "of all the great things he's done, this is what he's least proud of, the bastard." on the show's DVD commentary. He then said, "the bastard" each time Kitson appeared.[8] The rift is such that when Phoenix Nights out-takes were screened in April 2006, Kitson's face was pixellated out in some scenes.[8] Kitson himself has been quite outspoken in his dislike of Kay and his experiences on Phoenix Nights. According to Chortle, it is a show Kitson considers "lazy and racist".[9] He has vowed to eschew future television projects of this nature, and any future work with Kay.

In 2007 clips of Daniel Kitson's standup were shown on the one off Channel 4 show 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.[10]

Whilst in his teens, he appeared as a contestant on the ITV quiz show Blockbusters.[4]

Kitson voices an "alley rat" in the pilot episode of the Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler comedy "Penelope: Princess of Pets" due to be aired in 2009 by Channel 4.[11][12]


In 2006, Kitson began presenting his own weekly music-based radio show called The Listening Club. The show, broadcast live 1am to 4am on Monday nights / Tuesday mornings from London's community arts radio station Resonance FM, mainly involves music from his own collection (some played directly from his iPod), and occasional clips of stand up comedy. In between tracks he talks about the music, tells anecdotes, and responds to the SMS text messages and e-mails that are sent in throughout the show. There were six shows in the original January / February 2006 run, with further installments in October 2006 and February 2007.

Kitson had originally begun doing radio shows in Australia during the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, on Melbourne-based community station 3RRR. These continued, twice weekly, in 2006 and 2007. The Australian programmes are usually co-hosted with a comedian friend. Co-hosts have included Courteney Hocking, David O'Doherty, Andrew McClelland and Steve Hall of We Are Klang.

He has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends.[13]

Kitson also appears in Episode 2 of the Flight of the Conchords radio series.[14]

Live shows

Show name Notes
2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Love, Innocence and the Word Cock Stand-up
2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Something Stand-up. Won Perrier Comedy Award
Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit Benefit in aid of Waverley Care
The Stonewall Gala Benefit in aid of Stonewall
2003 UK Tour Overrated and on Tour Stand-up
2003 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Something Stand-up
2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe A Made Up Story Story show
Stand Up for Freedom Benefit in aid of Amnesty International
2004 UK Tour Lover, Thinker, Artist and Prophet Stand-up
2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Daniel Kitson 11pm at The Stand Stand-up
2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Daniel Kitson 11:30pm at The Stand Stand-up
Stories For The Wobbly-Hearted Story show, won Scotsman Fringe First Award
2006 UK and Australian tours Weltanschauung Stand-up
2006 Regents Park Open Air Theatre Weltanschauung and Stories for the Wobbly Hearted Stand-up and story shows with Gavin Osborn
2006 Brits Off Broadway Festival Stories For The Wobbly-Hearted Story show
2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and UK tour C-90 Story show, won Scotsman Fringe First Award and The Stage Acting Award for Best Solo Show
The Honourable Men of Art With Andy Zaltzman, Alun Cochrane, Demetri Martin and David O'Doherty
2007 Regents Park Open Air Theatre It’s the Fireworks Talking and The Ballad of Roger and Grace Stand-up and story shows with Gavin Osborn
2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe It's the Fireworks Talking Stand-up
2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Australian and UK tours The Impotent Fury of the Privileged Stand-up, won MICF Barry Award
2008 Regents Park Open Air Theatre The Impotent Fury of the Privileged and The Revenge of Heckmondwyke Stand-up and story shows with Gavin Osborn
2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe 66a Church Road: A Lament, Made Of Memories And Kept In Suitcases, By Daniel Kitson Story show, won Scotsman Fringe First Award
The Honourable Men of Art With Andy Zaltzman, Alun Cochrane and David O'Doherty
2008 Melbourne International Arts Festival and Australian tour The Ballad of Roger and Grace Story show with Gavin Osborn
2009 Regents Park Open Air Theatre Stories for the Starlit Sky Three interlinked story shows with Gavin Osborn
2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe The Interminable Suicide Of Gregory Church Story show, won Scotsman Fringe First Award
2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and UK tour We Are Gathered Here Stand-up
2009 Sydney Opera House "66a Church Road: A Lament, Made of Memeories and Kept in Suitcases" Showing 24–13 December


  1. ^ a b "The Times: Comedy out on his own .". London. Retrieved 12 May 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d "The Independent: The hirsute of happiness .". Retrieved 12 May 2009.  
  3. ^ "If.Comedy Awards (formerly Perrier Awards) Past Winners and Nominees".  
  4. ^ a b "IMDB biography of Daniel Kitson.". Retrieved 12 May 2009.  
  5. ^ "The Guardian: I want to tell you a story.". Retrieved 12 May 2009.  
  6. ^ Wobbly Stories
  7. ^ Royal Exchange Listing
  8. ^ a b "That Peter Kay Book: Part two". Retrieved 12 May 2009.  
  9. ^ "Chortle Article: He's spitting Peter Kay.". Retrieved 12 May 2009.  
  10. ^ "100 hundred greatest standups. IMDB.". Retrieved 12 May 2009.  
  11. ^ "The Apiary - Penelope: Princess of Pets Pilot.". Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  12. ^ "British Comedy Guide - Penelope: Princess of Pets.". Retrieved 22 July 2009.  
  13. ^ "BBC 'Protests greet male Perrier shortlist' article.". 21 August 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2009.  
  14. ^ BBC Radio 2 Comedy

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