Speaker / Host
Alistair McGowan is a stand-up comedian, actor, impressionist, and writer who offers the whole package. He is highly sought after post-dinner speaker and host, leaving audiences laughing with his impeccable comic timing and witty anecdotes.
About Alistair McGowan
Alistair McGowan is a top rate facilitator, entertainer, the master of over 100 impersonations and star of Alistair McGowan’s BAFTA winning The Big Impression. He is also a talented actor appearing in such critically acclaimed series such as ‘Bleak House.’
Alistair McGowan’s TV Credits
Alistair McGowan appeared as a guest on numerous television shows including ’29 Minutes of Fame’, ‘Friday Night with Jonathan Ross’, ‘Parkinson’, ‘Richard and Judy’, ‘Des O’Connor’, ‘The Royal Variety Performance’, ‘The Big Read’, ‘Question of Sport’, ‘Points of View’ and has been involved in several sketch shows including ‘Fist of Fun’. He has a loyal fan base in Scotland who know him principally for his sporting impersonations and his involvement in ‘Only an Excuse’.
Alistair is also a very familiar name to BBC Radio 4’s Light Entertainment Department and has been involved in numerous comedies including ‘The Nick Revell Show’, ‘First Impressions’ and ‘Doon Your Way’. He has worked with Harry Hill on ‘When Harry Met Ally’ and completed four series of ‘The Game’s Up’ for radio Five Live. Other BBC radio work includes ‘The World of Pub’, and reading ‘Book at Bedtime’.
Sport has always been near to Alistair’s performing heart. He re-voicing of video footage for ‘The Staggering Stories’ of Ferdinand De Bargos, ‘The Sports Review of the Year’, ‘Match of the Day’ and ‘Oddballs’ has turned him into a sideline sporting celebrity and he has released two videos, ‘Football Backchat’ and ‘The Second Leg’, which are best sellers both in the comedy and sports DVD charts.
Alistair McGowan has made a very big impression in the past, culminating in a ‘Best Comedy Entertainment Award’ at the British Comedy Awards 2000, ‘Best Entertainment Programme’ at the Broadcast Awards 2001 and ‘Variety Club Comedy Award’ 2002, for his series ‘Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression.’
After graduating from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1989, Alistair began working as a stand-up comic playing clubs up and down the country including London’s Comedy Store. He soon became known for excellent impersonations and from 1992 to 1996 provided the voices for many of the characters on ‘Spitting Image’, including Tony Blair, Chris Eubank, Prince Charles and Hugh Grant. Also a critically acclaimed actor, he won rave reviews in 1999 at the Nottingham Playhouse for his role as Clov in ‘Endgame’ and Franz Kafka in Alan Bennett’s ‘Kafka’s Dick’ in 1998. In 2001, Alistair completed a very successful run in London’s West End in ‘Art’, playing Serge.
His television credits include Spock in the award-winning BBC series Preston Front and Redwald in ITV’s ‘Dark Ages.’
He made a return to dramatic acting in 2005, appearing in the BBC’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Bleak House’. He also appeared in ‘The Government Inspector’ and ‘5/11’ at the Chichester Festival Theatre. In 2006, Alistair played the lead in BBC1’s comedy detective series ‘Mayo’. He also presented an episode of ‘Have I Got News For You’ in the October.
He took to the stage at the end of 2006 and early 2007 in an RSC production of ‘Merry Wives: The Musical’ and will be starring in a West End production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ from April 2007.
Alistair McGowan serves as an ambassador to the World Wildlife Fund and campaigns on a number of environmental issues.