“A reliable pleasure, flannel free gags delivered in a unique hyper active style” The Guardian.
As a fifteen-year-old Liverpudlian schoolboy, Simon Bligh was told by his headmaster that he would go to hell. His mum wanted him to be a priest; he wanted to be a plumber. His dad was a mad Catholic Communist; he was a Kung Fu mad Buddhist. Growing up in Toxteth, his childhood was odd, but full of strange passions. Philosophy and Zen, leather trousers and motorbikes. Japan, unarmed combat and stand up comedy. The young Simon loved comedy and, upon seeing a Richard Pryor film in an empty Manchester cinema, he realised his true calling. He knew he should be a comedian. Faced with this revelation, there followed a decade of travelling, teaching and trying to pluck up the courage to ring for open spots. Finally, he did it. He hasn’t looked back since.
Ten years on, Simon is one of the finest, and most sought after performers in this country, and beyond. With a Time Out Comedy Award and Perrier Award nomination under his belt, Simon is in great demand and is widely considered to be one of the finest comedy performers on the circuit. He’s a regular compere at London’s world famous Comedy Store, and headlines at comedy clubs nationwide.
Simon has worked all over the globe and has made appearances as far and wide as Dubai, Hong Kong, America, Malaysia, Amsterdam, Germany and France. In Thailand he had the honour of appearing with a donkey called Tony. He was then selected to represent the cream of British talent by co-headlining the ‘The Cutting Edge of British Comedy’ in Australia back in 1999. Closer to home, on the Emerald Isle, Simon is especially popular, as a good, messed up, lapsed Catholic boy.
Simon is an accomplished corporate performer and is the perfect choice for corporate events. There’s something for everyone to identify with in a high-octane routine which is fearless and animated and packed full with wonderfully memorable lines and ideas. Simon’s subject material is wide-ranging and universally funny. His manic storytelling involves acute observations which are guaranteed to strike a cord with everyone in the room. Coupled with his inimitable fast moving, physical and dynamic performance which is never short of magnificent, Simon engages his audiences in a whirlwind of unadulterated comedy. His performances are always mischievous, playful and a little cheeky and but never offensive as Simon delivers even the harshest of put-downs with a smile and an irresistible school-boyish charm.
With great style and an assured delivery, Simon is an imposing figure on stage, and an extremely charismatic and likeable performer with a cheery conversational style. He’s blessed with the ability to strike up a great rapport with any audience and is entirely at ease bantering with a crowd.
Simon and has performed at hundreds of corporate events nationwide and internationally. His most recent clients include Halifax Building Society, Ford Motor Company, The British Newspaper Association, Nat West, The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Toyota and Eversheds.
Simon has a host of TV and radio credits to his name, most notably: – The Comedy Store (CH5-series II and III), The Stand-Up Show (BBC), The Graham Norton Show (CH5), Not The Jack Docherty Show (CH5), Good Stuff Comedy (Carlton), Edinburgh Nights (BBC2), Saturday Live (ITV) and That’s Showbuisness (BBC1). Simon recorded a pilot for Channel 4 entitled ‘Dojo Rising’, where he indulged in his love for Martial Arts and took a look at all aspects from Kung Fu to Capoeira to the ‘beat ‘em up’ video game phenomena. Following on from this, Simon recorded a pilot for the BBC entitled ‘Kung-Fu comic’. He also recently starred in a short film ‘Money Trouble’ in which he plays the protagonist
A natural and assured compere, Simon has hosted three consecutive series of BBC Radio 4′s, ‘Four At The Store’, presenting a selection of the hottest acts from The Comedy Store. He also recorded his own series for Radio 4, ‘Simon Meets Stanley’, a travel diary chronicling his trip to the Falkland Islands. He is now busy developing several original programmes for Radio and TV.
Simon Bligh was born and bred in Liverpool.He went to London to be a comedian.He works all over the UK and the World.He`s been on telly,the radio and even in films.In 2007 he performed a new show at the Liverpool Comedy festival called “In my Liverpool home”.Which was very popular in Liverpool.
If you watch “Live at Jonglers” you will see him being funny.