Craig Murray - Comedy Biography

Hailing from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire (a town otherwise famous for international terrorists, fake kidnaps and 'Britain's Best Market'), charming northerner Craig is currently one of the hottest rising talents on the comedy circuit.

Craig cut his comedy teeth as resident compere at award-winning London club The Funny Side...of Covent Garden sharing a stage with some of the very best comedy acts in the business including Harry Hill, Stewart Lee and even Hollywood legend Robin Williams. He rapidly became a master of the compere's art; able to turn any crowd from a lacklustre mob into a clapping, cheering, delirious audience ready to laugh all night.

Having honed his talents as an MC introducing others, in 2008 he began bringing his impressive stage presence and flair for audience banter to his very own stand-up set. Since then, his rise through the comedy ranks has been nothing short of meteoric. Within just 1 month he had reached the final of The Other Side New Act of the Year competition and within 3, the final of the coveted Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. In the past three years he has also appeared in a comedy film alongside Adam Hills and Brendon Burns and recorded a comedy pilot for the BBC. He is currently recognisable to many as the face of a series of comedy TV adverts for Plusnet Broadband.

An instant crowd pleaser with a charismatic, mock-confrontational style, Craig is now a highly sought-after act and compere, performing all over the UK at the nation's leading comedy clubs, as well as overseas.

COMEDY CLUBS: Craig plays all over the UK, for a range of clubs/promoters including: Jongleurs (20s, MCing), Highlight (20s, MCing), FYMFYG Bar (20s, Headlining), The Last Laugh (20s, Headlining, MCing), The Glee Club (20s), Big Night Out (20s), The Boat Show / CKP (20s, MCing), The Funny Side (20s, headlining, MCing), The Last Laugh (20s, headlining), Jesters (20s), Covent Garden Comedy Club (MCing) Rawhide (20s), Frog & Bucket (20s), Mirth Control (20s, 40sets & MCing), Comedy Club Ltd (20s) So Comedy (MCing), Hilarious! (headlining, 20s & MCing) C69/Cuda Comedy (Headlining, 20s & MCing), Rob Riley - various (20s, MCing) Paul B Edwards gigs (20s, MCing).

FESTIVALS: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008 ('The Magical Diamond of Ramtutiti', 'Spank'), Endorse It In Dorset 2009/10, Wivenhoe May Fair 2009

CORPORATE: Also in demand on the corporate circuit, Craig has performed for clients such as: Goldman Sachs, Bird & Bird, VK Direct & No.5 Chambers.

ACTING: Craig is also an accomplished actor and presenter and graduate of The Court Theatre Training Company. You can browse his acting CV using the link on the left.

CORPORATE TESTIMONIAL

Event: 27 Sqn RAF Evening Function for troops returning from Afghanistan
Date: 27th September 2010
Location: RAF Odiham

Craig, Thanks so much for making our evening a great success. All feedback I have received from those in attendance has been wholly positive. It was a great gig, made more impressive by your outstanding level of crowd banter! Taking on a room full of military personnel is a tough act, and one which you carried off without fault, and with the perfect level of comedy and knowledge! Constantly funny for the duration of your set, 27 Squadron and myself cannot thank you enough for taking time to visit us and share a great night! Many thanks, good luck and I'm sure I'll see you again at a future gig!

Greg Wainer