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Facilitators of Mirth

Aaron Simmonds

Biography

Aaron Simmonds

Awards & competitions

Aaron Simmonds

Appearances & credits

Aaron Simmonds

Biography

Aaron Simmonds has been failing to stand up for 30 years; luckily he is far better at comedy than standing up. 

"A comedian going places" **

He has a unique perspective on life, usually of people's belly buttons, which gives him stories to tell, and a sore neck. 

**Places that are wheelchair accessible

Aaron’s comedy demonstrates expert storytelling, whilst packing jokes and opportunities for mirth into every moment.

"a talented comedian who has the audience in the palm of his hand”
– ★★★★ Broadway World

 

"a man with plenty attitude and a keen sense of the right humorous stuff”
– The List

 

Simmonds’s comedic style is story-based, with clever one-liners interspersed throughout. He offers sharply-observed comedy which is grounded in his disability, but is by no means limited by it.  Amiable, likeable and with a commanding presence on stage, Aaron is an exciting talent, definitely one to watch, and is destined for great things.

"anecdotal gold.. a supremely confident and intelligent performer”
– Fest

 

His credits include BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC Two), The Edinburgh Show (BBC Scotland), BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Unexpected Fluids podcast and Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session (BBC Radio 5 Live). He’s also been seen and heard on BBC Three and BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has appeared in a BBC Quickie with Brennan Reece and Rosie Jones.

Aaron performed his critically-acclaimed debut show, Disabled Coconut, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. It detailed a complicated relationship alongside the absurdity of “competitive disability”. Some people have got the idea, he explains, that because of his upper body strength and background in sport, he is “not disabled enough”.

"an assured debut from a lover and a fighter”
– ★★★★ Metro

 

"Aaron Simmonds is a superb storyteller. He is a confident, sparky, smiley presence onstage and it is easy to see why he is an award winner.. This show has the best, the most beautifully constructed and the most unexpectable narrative line of pretty much any I have seen. There are twists and turns and in every single one there is a laugh. From his warm up funnies about escalators and gluten intolerance through to the gobsmacking denouement via the activities of his awesome grandma, sex on the telly and a perfect lesson in how to deal with the terminally patronising, this hour belts along on wheels of laughter.”
– ★★★★The Scotsman

 

While disability did feature prominently in his first appearance at the Fringe, he feels that he still covered enough “of other topics, like love, sex and politics” that he can avoid the criticism of being a single-issue act.

"Amiable, likeable, and a commanding presence on stage, Aaron Simmonds is an exciting talent”
– ★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

"weaves an overarching story into multiple anecdotes, calling back to them masterfully throughout the hour”
– ★★★★ The Wee Review

 

Aaron has cerebral palsy and is a professionally-trained personal trainer, as well as a former international basketball player and world champion powerlifter.

"Simmonds deals with his disability via disarmingly graphic humour, born of a self-confidence and positive spirit that enables him to poke fun at himself, at Jewish stereotypes and at all manner of awkward situations. The result is an engaging hour of unfiltered, well-timed and richly imaginative comedy.. which is both jaunty and self-mocking in the same breath”
– ★★★★ Jewish Renaissance

 

NextUp​ filmed Aaron’s show ‘Disabled Coconut’ for a special, at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is due to hit the platform later this year.

Awards/Competitions

  • Finalist - Amused Moose Best Show 'Aaron Simmonds: Disabled Coconut', Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2019
  • Nominee - Broadway World UK Best Comedy Show 'Aaron Simmonds: Disabled Coconut', Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2019
  • Winner - Jewish Comedian Of The Year, 2017
  • Finalist - BBC New Comedian of the Year, 2017

Appearances & credits

Festivals:

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2019
  • Great Yorkshire Fringe, 2019
  • Guildford Fringe, 2019
  • BedFringe, 2019
  • Download Festival, 2019
  • Offbeat Festival, 2019
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2018

Radio:

  • BBC Radio 1, 2019
  • BBC Radio 1Xtra - Unexpected Fluids Podcast, 2019
  • BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2019
  • BBC Radio 5 Live - Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session, 2019
  • Online: BBC Quickie with Brennan Reece and Rosie Jones

Television & film:

  • The Stand Up Sketch Show - ITV2, 2020
  • BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals - BBC Two, 2019
  • The Edinburgh Show - BBC Scotland, 2019

Currently appearing at:

Aaron performs regularly at The Glee Clubs, Just The Tonic, Hilarity Bites, Funhouse Comedy, Top Secret, Angel Comedy and many more

Gag Reflex looks after Aaron for his live, touring and corporate work.

Please direct all TV, Radio, Writing, and Acting enquiries to Andrew Roach Talent  / 0208 3156533 / info@andrewroachtalent.com 

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