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Toby Hadoke

Biography

Toby Hadoke

Awards & competitions

Toby Hadoke

Appearances & credits

Toby Hadoke

Biography

An intelligent and thoughtful comedic wordsmith, Hadoke has been at the top of his game for over ten years, his experience and standing are unrivalled.

"One of the local heroes of comedy – one of the regular highlights (of the night) is the genial and all-inclusive banter of Hadoke himself"
– Metro

 

With a stand up career that spans over 15 years, Toby is one of the most respected MC’s and headline acts on the UK circuit. His quick wit and charming audience banter make him a disarming compere who can liven up any lacklustre crowd, or tame a feisty one, without him ever losing his unique comedy styling as a self-deprecatory and amusingly vexed curmudgeon, whom it is impossible to dislike.

Quick witted and a verbal craftsman, he’s also politically informed and a great improviser.

"Savage witted and incisive satire"
– City Life

 

"His quick witted mix of left field topicality and observational asides ensures he’s rarely short of work" – Manchester Evening News

 

He took his debut one-man show, Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006, to the delights of audiences and critics alike.

Following a successful Edinburgh, the show enjoyed a West End stint and continues to tour internationally (a multi-date UK run spawned appearances at the New Zealand Comedy Festival, Canada, Florida, LA and Chicago). Toby adapted the show for BBC radio and as a result was nominated for a Sony Award, this was followed up with the successful ‘Now I Know My BBC’ in 2010. Toby returned to the Fringe in 2012 with ‘Scarf’s’ sequel ‘My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver.’ Critically acclaimed, averaging four star reviews across the board and an official Edinburgh sell-out, ‘Sonic Screwdriver’ was a testament to his abilities as a writer and performer.

"the circuits leading compere - an expert ringmaster, tackles hecklers with relish and zeal. A comedy genius"
– Metro

 

Toby started Manchester’s multi-award winning comedy club XS Malarkey single-handedly back in 1997, acting as resident MC, having been awarded the inaugural Les Dawson Award at the Northwest Comedy Awards and Best Offstage Contribution at the 2008 Chortle Awards for his efforts. He has also been hired as resident MC for a number of other successful nights, including ‘New Stuff’ at The Comedy Store, Manchester and at The 99 Club in Leicester Square every Wednesday. He has headlined gigs at many of the UK’s most prestigious comedy nights for many years and continues to be at the top of a promoters wish list.

"Brilliant, had the audience in stitches"
– Manchester Evening News

 

"A stage manner more engaging than Henry VIII, and a wit sharper than an executioner’s axe. Good audience rapport and a slayer of hecklers"
– The Big Issue

 

His gifts as an actor have generated cult followings as a regular writer/performer for The Unbroadcastable Radio Show (at The Comedy Store) and The Asylum (The Frog And Bucket). He has acted on stage, TV and radio, written for national newspapers, and presented the 7th Dimension on BBC Radio 7. His first book was published in 2010 and he is an in-demand voice over artist.

"PICK OF THE WEEK" – The Guardian (11
 times as an individual, 10 times for Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, 8 times for The Unbroadcastable Radio Show)

 

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

 

Awards/Competitions

  • Finalist - BBC Audio Awards, Best Comedy, for the Radio 4 play 'The Dad who Fell to Earth'
  • Winner – Les Dawson Award 2003 Manchester Comedy Festival
  • Winner – Chortle Award, Best Off Stage Contribution, 2008
  • Nominee – Sony Award (Best Drama) for Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf
  • Nominee – Chortle Award, Best Compere

Appearances & credits

Festivals:

  • Edinburgh Fringe 2012 – (My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver, official sell out)
  • Edinburgh Fringe 2010 – (Now I Know My BBC)
  • New Zealand Comedy Festival 2009 – (Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf)
  • Edinburgh Fringe 2006 and 2007 – (Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf – official sell out)

Radio:

  • Radio 4 Play : The Dad who Fell to Earth - writer and performer
  • Presenter, BBC Radio 4 Extra, The Seventh Dimension
  • From Fact To Fiction: The Public Purse (wrote and starred in a topical play produced and written in just one week).
  • Radio 4 Afternoon Play : Fraud
  • Radio 4 Afternoon Play : Gilda and her Daughters
  • Radio 4 Classic Serial : Dead Souls
  • Radio 4 Weekday Serial : Letters From Home
  • Radio 7 : Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf (writer and star – Sony nomination)
  • Countless appearances as a pundit on Radio Five Live and BBC GMR.
  • Stand-in co-presenter The Allan Beswick Show – BBC GMR.
  • Regular guest – Michelle Around Midnight – BBC GMR.

Television & film:

  • Dave Gorman's 'Modern Life is Goodish' - Dave - 2017
  • Holby City
  • Coronation Street
  • Phoenix Nights
  • The Forsyte Saga
  • Casualty 1907
  • Shameless
  • Titanic – Birth Of A Legend
  • A & E
  • Warm up on University Challenge (BBC)
  • Warm up on Countdown (Channel 4)

Currently appearing at:

XS Malarkey – resident MC, Tuesdays, The Stand, The Glee Club, The 99 Club, The Comedy Store, The Frog and Bucket, National Festivals, Radio 4 Extra - The Seventh Dimension (regular presenter) and many many more

Writing credits

Writing for Radio

Radio 4 play ‘The Dad Who Fell To Earth.’ - Finalist, BBC Audio Awards for Best Comedy

Writing for Print – Coming Soon - DEAD FUNNY A collection of Short stories, of horror tales by comedians.

Quatermass: An Experiment Concluded - A detailed examination of the Quatermass serials and films, Miwk Publishing.

Comedy writing

Sketches for The Unbroadcastable Radio Show at The Comedy Store, and Bastard Funny at The Green Room.

Links for Angus Deayton for BBC 1’s 6 part series The Comedy Sketchbook.

BBC 2’s The Comedy Christmas.

Non Fiction writing

Reviews and articles for DVD Monthly, Doctor Who Magazine, SFX, and obituaries for The Guardian and The Independent.

Blogs for SFX, reviews and columns for Doctor Who Magazine, factual articles to the BBC Comedy website, and much of the literature for the Experience Design Doctor Who exhibitions. DVD commentaries for sci fi and fantasy TV releases for the BFI and the BBC

Writing for theatre

Adaptations of both 1984 and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist for the stage. 

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