In July 2008, without his knowledge, John’s wife put him forward for a competition for newcomers at the Edinburgh Fringe. He had never performed comedy before. He did so well he got through to the final of “so you think you’re funny” within the first month of his comedy career.
Despite having relative newcomer status he has went on to perform at Jongleurs, The Stand, The Comedy Store and is part of the Gilded Balloon circuit tour.
In September 2009 he won the “Scottish comedian of the year”.
He offers tales of tales of his home life with a wife and 3 young daughters, essentially a 6ft tattooed man who has been subjected to far too much High School Musical and pink fluffy toys.
“John Gavin’s great strength is that he has a clear sense of identity…effortless likeability and unaffected charm…all the makings of a class act” – Chortle
“an assured everybloke eager to decry his emasculation at having to watch Gok Wan and Mamma Mia!, yet eminently capable of nailing a cheeky Rudolph Hess line” – The Scotsman
“Brilliant” – Sunday Mail
“I want more” – The Skinny
“His tales of female heavy home life are easy to associate with. In fact they are a joy to listen to” – Ha Ha Comedy
Sunday Mail Comedy Champ 2008
So You Think You’re Funny Finalist – 2008
Scottish Comedian of the Year - 2009