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Kevin Precious has had something of a long and varied career in the business of show, making his first tentative foray into the world of entertainment as a teenage bass playing dirt bag in the working men's clubs in his native city of Hull.
Venturing South, he continued his musical adventures in the Big Smoke, playing in all manner of different outfits, the culmination of which saw him perform at the legendary Ronnie Scott's on a couple of occasions. He also managed to gain experience playing abroad in places as far flung as New York and Reykjavik, as well as an extensive tour of Japan.
In the 1990's, Kevin set up a 'Pop Quiz' in a trendy boozer in Camden, which rapidly became laden with celebrities and culminated in him being asked to organise and compere the NME's first national pop quiz. It was these events that would later inspire a move into comedy. Sometime thereafter he took the plunge.
Combining the life of a mature student and comedy, Kevin organized and promoted various events in conjunction with Brighton University. He was also involved in the organisation and compering of two series of 'House of Fun' for Meridian TV. Added to this, he MC’d the Sussex heat of the BBC New Acts Competition for four consecutive years.
Working full-time as a teacher and head of department (Religious Studies), Kevin continued his comedy pursuits performing full weekends at notable venues such as Rawhide in Liverpool, the Glee in both Birmingham and Cardiff, and the Frog and Bucket in Manchester… as well as renowned London gigs such as the Banana Cabaret and Downstairs at the Kings Head, amongst others. It was during this time that Kevin co-founded the promotions agency, Barnstormers Comedy www.barnstormerscomedy.com
In 2005, Kevin finally went full-time/professional. To date, he has done paid weekends for Jongleurs, Comedy Cafe, the Stand Edinburgh, and the Laughter Lounge Dublin as well as work for agents such as CKP, the Comedy Company, the Comedy Club and Mirth Control. In 2008, he compered the ‘Loaded Lafta’ awards presenting awards to none other than Jimmy Carr, Adam Buxton, Paul Kaye, and Harry Enfield, to name but a few.
He has also performed at a variety of European shows in places as diverse as Amsterdam, Maastricht, Budapest, Bucharest and Ibiza.
In 2010, Kevin previewed his show about teaching, ‘Not Appropriate’ at the Brighton Fringe Festival. He has subsequently gone on to tour the show around a variety of Arts Centres and Theatres nationwide, in many instances on more than one occasion. These include: Birmingham - Old Joint Stock Theatre (4), Bromsgrove – Artrix (2), Bury - The Met (2), Canterbury - The Gulbenkian (2), Epsom - The Playhouse (2), Havant - Spring Arts Centre (2), Hull – Truck (2), Leeds - The Carriageworks (2), Runcorn - The Brindley (2), Salford - The Lowry, Shrewsbury - The Severn Theatre, Stafford - The Gatehouse (2) and Winchester - The Discovery Centre.
He has also further performed the show at a number of Arts/Comedy Festivals (including the previously mentioned Brighton), Birmingham, Doncaster, Hull, Leicester and Nottingham.
More recently, Kevin has begun adapting the show for the conference stage with an additional exclusive performance at the Leeds Carriageworks and an appearance at the ISA Conference in Eastbourne 2013.
Leicester Comedy Festival 2011 Reviews of Not Appropriate:
"Kevin's stage charisma and poise set him head and shoulders above the previous acts." - The Times
"If he were any more laid back he'd fall over - we fell over laughing." - Evening Standard
“Kevin Precious hosted the proceedings, working the audience with skill and peppering his patter with local references” – Brighton Evening Argus
“Highly entertaining MC Kevin Precious welcomes you with a smile and warms you up nicely for the hilarity to follow” – Time Out
“Instantly recognizable stage presence and boundless wit” – Leicester Mercury
“Delightfully funny and thought provoking” – Arts in Leicestershire