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Dan Nightingale


Dan Nightingale

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Dan Nightingale

Appearances & credits

Dan Nightingale


Dan Nightingale is widely regarded as one of the best performers working on the comedy circuit today. Mixing fiendishly accurate observation with energetic characterisations and killer punch lines, his comedy is original, playful, intelligent, poignant and exciting; sometimes ridiculous… but always hilarious.

"Dan's laughing, we're laughing... funny as hell" – Leicester Mercury


"witty and incredibly well timed." – Arts Award Voice


Dan began his comedy career in Newcastle in 2002, and is now one of the most recognisable faces on the North West Comedy circuit. He founded the Frog and Buckets ‘Beat the Frog’ amateur night, which quickly became the best new comedy night in the North. As well as his reputation as a top-class circuit headliner and in-demand MC and host, he has also performed regular TV warm up for the likes of Jonathan Ross, John Bishop and Celebrity Juice.

"It is his powers of observation that make him so entertaining. Outrageously funny" – KeepingupwithNZ


Dan has also become a regular crowd pleaser, and critically acclaimed success at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, having performed solo shows in 2008, 2012 and 2013. He returned in 2014 with his hour long, one man tour de force; ‘Dan Nightingale is Trying His Best Not to be a Dick’ (he loves a punchy title) which received 5 ★★★★ reviews.





"Boasting arguably the best stage introduction at this year’s Fringe, Dan Nightingale’s musings have warmth and easy going charm. Solid material. ‘Its been a comedy buffet’, he surmises, and we have all been well fed." – Metro


The International festivals, such as New Zealand Comedy Festival, are a chance to see Dan spread his wings and elaborate on his circuit shows.

"Magnetic, entertaining and wonderfully friendly" – Three Weeks


"Exciting and imaginative" – Edinburgh Evening News


"a superb compilation of brilliantly crafted stories written by someone who unquestionably has a keen and instinctive eye for comedy. Nightingale’s buoyant energy makes for an entertaining hour of stand up." – Broadway Baby


Dan Nightingale was named Best MC at the UK Comedy Awards 2015, and was nominated Best Act at the recent Midlands Comedy Awards 2016.

Dan has produced his own 'In The House Podcast', which is still available on Podomatic and itunes, and which each week featured a different act from the UK circuit. Past episodes have featured Adam Bloom, John Lynn, Steve Shanyaski, Andre Vincent, Seymour Mace and Brennan Reece.

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



  • Midlands Comedy Awards 2017 - Nominee - Best Act
  • UK Comedy Awards 2015 - Winner - Best MC

Appearances & credits


  • Leeds Festival 2016
  • Kendal Calling Festival 2015
  • Altitude Comedy Festival, Austria 2015
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 – Dan Nightingale is Trying his Best Not to be a D!ck
  • New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2014 – Dan Nightingale On Love, On Life and On the North Island
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 – Love in the Time of Cholesterol
  • Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2013 – Love in the Time of Cholesterol
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 – The 11 and a 1/2 ill Conceived Edinburgh Shows of Dan Nightingale
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008 – Geronimo
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2005 – An Audience with Josie Long and Dan Nightingale

Television & film:

  • John Bishop’s Only Joking - SKY 1 - 2013

Currently appearing at:

Nationwide 2015 Small World UK Tour

The Glee Clubs, The Stand Clubs, The Boat Show, The Frog and Bucket, Last Laugh, Highlight, Hyena, Rawhide, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Headliners, Bearcat, Baby Blue, and many many more

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