Playing age: 35-45
Height: 5′ 9”
Hair colour: Greying.
Eye colour: Blue
Ethnicity: White British
Native Accent: RP.
Experienced in: Stand up, Improvisation, Theatre,
Corporates, Cricket, Voice over.
Encyclopedic knowledge of British TV
With particular attention paid to all series of Doctor Who.
Good ear – Manchester, Yorkshire, Shropshire, West Country,
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Standard Welsh, Cockney,
Russian, Australian, Standard American, South African.
“Superior stand-up skills” The Guardian
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.
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 a lacklustre crowd or tame a feisty one, without him ever losing his unique comedy styling as a self-deprecatory and amusingly vexed curmudgeon it’s impossible to dislike. Quick witted and a verbal craftsman, he’s also politically informed and a great improviser.
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). He adapted the show for BBC radio and as a result was nominated for a Sony Award, the full show can be purchased here. Having 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.
“Funny, yet poignant; imaginative yet with the ability to kick you where it hurts. This is a comedy show that makes you feel as much as you laugh. And those are rare, even in Edinburgh.” – Broadway Baby
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.
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.
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
Edinburgh Fringe 2006 and 2007 – (Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf – official sell out)
New Zealand Comedy Festival 2009 – (Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf)
Edinburgh Fringe 2010 – (Now I Know My BBC)
Edinburgh Fringe 2012 – (My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver, official sell out)
The Forsyte Saga
Titanic – Birth Of A Legend
A & E
TV Warm Up:
University Challenge (BBC)
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.
Currently appearing at:
XS Malarkey – resident MC, Tuesdays
The 99 Club, Leicester Square – resident MC, Wednesdays
The Comedy Store, Manchester – resident MC, every Sunday fortnight
The Frog and Bucket Comedy Clubs
Highlight Comedy Clubs
My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver due to tour Spring 2013
Radio 4 Extra, The Seventh Dimension (regular presenter)