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On stage sardonic comedian John Simmit is smart and thoughtful, in big contrast to his best known role, playing ‘Dipsy’, coolest of the Teletubbies in BBC TV’s international hit series.
Within 18 months of his stand up comedy debut, British comedy’s only ‘Cuban-Jamaican-Brummie’ was being touted by trendspotting magazine ‘The Face’ as it’s comedian to watch.
An very strong television stand up debut, on BBC 2’s multicultural sketch show The Real McCoy saw John’s material quoted in 2 national papers, The Sun & The Sunday Mirror.
Since then John’s other TV appearances include : BBC 2’s Blouse & Skirt, Channel 5’s Club Class, Carlton TV’s Drumbeat, BBC TV’s Malai Monologues , Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, Dutch TV’sRaymann Is Late and Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz of the 90s.
On the radio airwaves he’s featured on Radio 1’s The Guest List and Radio 5’s The Way Out.
In the UK John makes regular appearances at major UK theatres on Upfront Comedy bills, at venues such as Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and Hackney Empire; and is a regular face on the UK’s Jongleurs comedy circuit.
Internationally he has received a standing ovation at Amsterdam’s Nieuwe De La Mar Theatre; headlined in Bahrain, & played the New York Fringe Festival as part of Stand Up Black Britain (alongside Gina Yashere & Curtis Walker.
From boxers as role models, to e-mail abuse, John’s musings leave audiences laughing and him confused.
“Simmit has the fearless energy & rolling gait of a champion pugilist” THE GUARDIAN
“Funny, black and the best looking” SUNDAY TIMES
“John Simmit is funny” LENNY HENRY, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
“John can stop a crowd in it’s tracks, with his gentle but demanding delivery. His is silky smooth comedy with twists and turns along the way” COMEDY REVIEW
“An inventive stand up whose subtle approach is a delight” WHAT’S ON
“smoothly talented” BIRMINGHAM POST