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Alex Boardman


Alex Boardman

Awards & competitions

Alex Boardman

Appearances & credits

Alex Boardman

Writing credits

Alex Boardman

Media & press


Alex’s ability to interact with any audience, his free flowing style and natural charm, means he is currently one of the most sought after acts in the country.

“one of the most assured confident stand ups on the circuit and regularly plays all the top comedy clubs here and abroad... quality.” – Jason Manford


“A great comic, and a skilled writer”
– Sarah Millican


A lifelong comedy fan, Alex stormed onto the scene in the late 90’s, and quickly became one of the most popular choices on the circuit.

“Improvised witticisms from the acerbic Mancunian. A veteran of the Madchester phenomenon, his loved-up reminisces and tall tales can lead anywhere, on any given night.” – The Times


A lightening quick ad libber, with a charming edge, Alex is an established MC. His unique brand of “flattery and abuse” proves ever-popular with audiences, and although often dancing deliciously close to the boundaries of what is considered PC, the lack of malice, and warmth to his approach, means everyone feels they’re in on the joke.

“Call the cops, double, double funny”
– Shaun Ryder


Alex is a master at working the room, with plenty of energy, confidence and lively banter to enthuse any audience. His material is fast and funny, enlivened by his upbeat delivery.

As hilarious as it is wrong, Alex proves time and again he’s not afraid to flirt with the offensive if there’s a good gag at the end of it. He plays off the audience’s mixed reaction to such lines wonderfully and skilfully, his years of experience evident.

His skills as a writer have also been in constant demand for Britain’s prime time TV and Radio comedy shows, most recently writing the script for Paul Hollywood’s national theatre tour. He is also highly skilled at TV and tour warm ups, bringing his warmth and ease to a variety of audiences. Alex’s sharp writing skills mean if you’ve found yourself falling off your chair in a fit of giggles watching TV’s latest successful comedy offering, the chances are, Alex is responsible.

“Alex was one of a small band of writers who worked on the second series of John Bishop’s Britain on BBC 1 and he made a significant contribution to it being the highest rated stand up show of 2011 bringing in six million viewers a week. He can turn material around quickly and has the great skill of enhancing existing ideas to make a show better rather than just wishing to force his own material which makes him a great collaborator” – John Bishop


“Very Funny, a rare mixture of wit and charm” – The Guardian


Alex books, promotes and runs the 'New Comedians Night' at the Manchester Comedy Store - which is now also a popular Podcast. He hand picks young acts from the circuit, giving an opportunity for talented but obscure acts. Alex is well known for his excellent taste, and unflinching confidence in the acts he has put forward.

“As the complete package, Boardman stacks up impressively”
– Chortle


Alex Boardman can be heard each Wednesday on XS Manchester's Football Social Show, co-presenting this popular prime time radio show alongside legends of football

Alex brings his solo show 'What Eric Said...' to the Lowry, Salford, this Autumn - the show recounts his experiences suporting Eric Cantona on five sell out tour shows 

Keep up to date with Alex's latest shows, tours and adventures, on our news page



  • Winner of the 2012 BBC Laugh Track sit-com award “Jack the Lad” currently in development with BBC TV
  • Nominated for Rising Star Sony Radio Award 2008
  • Finalist 1997 Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award
  • Nominated for Arquiva Radio Award 2008

Appearances & credits


  • Leicester Comedy Festival 2013 – Alex Boardman- Work In Progress
  • Beatherder Festival 2012
  • Headlined Comedy tent at Kendal Calling 2010
  • Manchester Comedy festival 2003 + 2007
  • Glastonbury 1999


  • XS Manchester - co-presenter, Football Social Show - 2016
  • Galaxy FM - Presenter, The Breakfast Show -  2005 to 2008, nominated for Rising Star in the Sony Awards 2008

Television & film:

  • Up late with Ralf Little - BBC
  • Brain Candy - Baby Cow
  • Comedy Network
  • Mad for it - CITV
  • The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards

Currently appearing at:

The Comedy Store, The Glee Clubs, Boatshow, The Stand Clubs, CSE shows, Manfords Comedy Clubs, The Frog and Buckets, Baby Blue, and many many more

Writing credits

  • Bigheads (2017), ITV
  • Its a Funny Old Week (2015), ITV
  • Paul Hollywood Tour (2015)
  • Sport Relief (2012), Live Studio Script for John Bishop and James Corden (BBC1)
  • Britain in Bed (2012) (BBC3) Jessica Jane Clement (Studio)/ Scott Mills (V.O.)
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (2011) Channel 4
  • John Bishop’s Britain (series two) (2011) (BBC1) (Objective)
  • National Soap Awards 2005 (Paul O’Grady studio script) (ITV1)
  • BAFTA nominated Lily Live (series one and two) (2001) (ITV1) (Chrysalis)
  • Soap Fever (2002) presented by Liza Tarbuck (Studio and VT script – sole writer) (ITV2)
  • Top Ten TV (2002) (Ch 4) (Chrysalis)
  • The Eleven O Clock Show (2000) (Ch 4) (series two – four)
  • A Question of Sport (2000) (BBC1)
  • The Ralf Little show (2001) (BBC Choice)
  • The Last Laugh Show (2001) (ITV/ Paramount comedy)
  • The Last Man In. (2001) (R4)
  • The In Crowd, (2002) (R4)
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