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Ola the Comedian

**Selected to represent the UK at the MONTREUX COMEDY FESTIVAL's Gala, showcasing the best comedy from around the world**

Appearances on Comedy Central's The Comedy Store, ITV's Stand Up Hero, BBC Radio 1Xtra's Charlie Sloth show and more..

Just in his twenties, Ola has been selected to represent the UK in the Montreux Comedy Festival's gala showcasing the best comedy talent from around the world. Ola has already appeared on Comedy Central, ITV4 and MTV Base; he writes for BBCR4's The Now Show, The News Quiz and Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing where he also plays various roles. He is now a regular member of The Comedy Store's Cutting Edge team, and performs stand up all over the UK, and internationally including Europe, the US and Dubai. Young, driven and hugely talented, Ola is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor with natural originality and enviable stage presence.

Selected for ITV's Stand Up Hero, Ola is renowned for his intelligent, edgy humour. As an anchor member of the The Jason Lewis Experience, both as writer and actor, Ola appeared on MTV Base and since then he co-wrote and starred in London Live's Sniggers With Attitude. Ola has two dvds - his first solo 1-man special, “21” and "Ola, The Comedian and His Future Wife" - his 5 Star Edinburgh show from 2015. Stage work includes The Lion and the Jewel by Nobel prize winner, Wole Soyinka.

Reviews

"a vibrant, likeable performer who refreshingly encapsulates a young, urban spirit", Chortle

"an infectiously playful spirit", Chortle

"the highlight of the evening was support act Ola... his act was thoughtful and reflective and honest. Without proselytizing or falling back on lazy rhetoric, he explored what it’s like to be a Christian black man in the UK today, while being disarmingly frank about his unease at being defined by either his race or religion... his quiet observations will rattle round my head for days to come", David Vass, Blog

"the sort of enthusiastic, charismatic act likely to be plucked from the circuit by TV producers seeking a presenter to appeal to a youthful demographic", Chortle

"Standing out, a strong favourite for a through line of continuity who the viewers will grow to love and quote, is the Lord Snooty like character Dr Leon Askwith who breaks down issues intermittently throughout the show.", Jasmine Dotiwala, Huff Post - review of one of Ola's characters in Sniggers With Attitude on London Live

"a confident, laid-back performer with a refreshing honesty and an interesting story to tell. He has some really smart jokes", The Scotsman

"Full of laughs, heart-warming, hilarious …A brilliant, truly enjoyable show ★★★★★", Three Weeks

Awards
JOKENATION - Montreux Comedy Festival, 2015 - 2015, Selected to represent the UK in the search for the World's best comedy talent
Fhm Stand Up Hero, Finalist - 3rd place
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2008, Semi-Finalist

TV
The Comedy Store, 2014 – 2015, Comedy Central
The Comedy Store, 2014 – 2014, Comedy Central
Sniggers With Attitude, 2014 – 2014, London Live, Broadcast Pilot
The Sho Sho Show, Channel AKA
Documentary on British Sense of Humour, contributor & stand-up, Ben Lewis TV for Arte
Fhm Stand Up Hero , ITV4
Jason Lewis Experience, MTV Base

Video
Jason Lewis Experience, DVD
21 , DVD , (solo show)
The Comedian and His Future Wife , DVD , (solo show)

Writing
Nathan Caton’s Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing
The News Quiz, BBCR4
Jason Lewis Experience, MTV Base
The Now Show, BBCR4
Andi Osho, writer

Radio
Dear Future Wife, Non-broadcast pilot script commission
Nathan Caton’s Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing, various characters

Live
Comedy Store Antibes
International performances in Holland, San Francisco, Oakland, Mountain View (CA), Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York
Comedy Store London & Manchester
Off The Kerb
Jongleurs
Highlight
Comedy Cafe
Banana
Bearcat
V-festival
Comedy Store Dubai

Support Act – Gina Yashere, Ava Vidal

Podcast / Online
Ahead Of The Times, 2014 – 2015, Self Produced Series,