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Facilitators of Mirth

Barry Dodds


Barry Dodds

Awards & competitions

Barry Dodds

Appearances & credits

Barry Dodds
Barry Dodds

Media & press


Charms audiences with his unique brand of disarming wit and wry, down-to-earth observational humour.

"Razor sharp humour" – Metro


Self-confessed comedy geek, Barry took to the comedy stage at the tender age of 21 and soon had audiences eating out of the palm of his hand. Using his own combination of irrepressibly cheeky, and surprisingly dark material, he quickly found himself taking the national comedy circuit by storm.

"Winning friends with his energy and spirit..." – Chortle


"If you are a promoter or club owner and aren't booking Barry Dodds then you should hand in your badge and your gun on my desk Monday morning! …supported me on tour this week, going on stage in front of hundreds of people expecting me and not only winning them round but absolutely nailing it and even making me have to raise my game!" – Jason Manford


Finalist in various high profile competitions such as Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol, his twinkly eyed, playful demeanour disarms judging panels, industry experts and audiences alike, allowing him to flirt coquettishly with topics that are traditionally a little more controversial.

A talented storyteller, who uses whimsical imagery and evocative observations, Barry is an assured closing act, with regular bookings at many of the UK’s top comedy clubs including The Stand, XS Malarkey and The Glee Club. His comedy has even taken him to Luxembourg, where his solo show proved so popular, he became the first ever comedian to perform on Luxembourg TV. Barry has recently been supporting Jason Manford, on his UK Tour.

"One of comedy's original thinkers"
– Dominic Holland


"Very impressive" – Jasper Carrot


His calm, inclusive persona has ensured that Barry has also proven himself to be a popular and amiable MC, garnering a reputation as a strong and reliable choice to hold a quality line up together. Barry Dodds has been awarded Best MC at the Midlands Comedy Awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018!

"wonderfully crafted stories and top – class audience interaction.. brings his cheekiness to the stage in absolute buckets" – Bunbury Magazine


Stay up to date with Barry's latest shows and adventures on our news page

The ParaPod is a podcast co hosted by Barry Dodds and Ian Boldsworth, – its been a cult hit since it began, based on the supernatural, where Ian and Barry debate the paranormal, explore hauntings, and delve headfirst into the unknown.

'A comedy podcast that eschews the nonsense of the paranormal community with critical thinking and shouting. Two comedians, voice of reason Ian and gullible believer Barry debate the supernatural, mysteries and conspiracy theories, in a quest to establish the truth from the fantasy.'

The multi-award-winning-nominated ParaPod Podcast came to life in 2015, after Ian and Barry had argued about a haunted house on Ian’s radio show. The first series dealt with ghosts and hauntings, whilst series 2 and 3 addressed Mysteries and Conspiracy Theories respectively. It has had well over 1.5 million downloads to date, a huge fanbase and a movie in production, which will they are hoping to premiere in 2020. There was also a two-part special recorded at 30 East Drive, home of the world’s most violent poltergeist, which is not for the faint-hearted…

The show has been nominated at the Chortle Comedy Awards in 2016 & 2017, was a 2017 Midlands Comedy Awards winner, and in 2017 scooped the Ockham Award for excellence in skepticism.


  • Winner – Best MC, Midands Comedy Awards 2018
  • Winner – Best MC, Midands Comedy Awards 2017
  • Winner – Best MC, Midands Comedy Awards 2016
  • Winner - 'The Parapod' podcast, with Ray Peacock - Best Online Comedy - Midlands Comedy Awards 2016
  • Nominee - 'The Parapod' podcast, with Ray Peacock - Best Internet - Chortle Awards 2016
  • Winner – Best MC, Midands Comedy Awards 2015
  • Winner – Phones 4U Comedy
  • Finalist – Jongleurs Last Laugh Comedy Search
  • Finalist – Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol Search
  • Semi Finalist – BBC New Comedy Award

Appearances & credits


  • Kendal Calling Festival
  • Download Festival
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Television & film:

  • Hebburn – BBC 2
  • Luxembourg TV
  • Take the Mic – ITV
  • Stand up Britain – ITV
  • Jimmy Carr's Comedy Idol Finalist – DVD

Currently appearing at:

Tour support for; Jason Manford, Stewart Francis, Jim Jefferies, Tape Face and Pete Firman.

Clubs; The Glee Clubs, The Stand, Manfords Comedy Clubs, Last Laugh, Ten Feet Tall, Hilarity Bites, The Frog and Bucket,  International appearances in Bahrain & Cyprus, and many many more

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