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Toby Hadoke

Toby Hadoke is the highly regarded regular compere at XS MALARKEY, Manchester's multi-award winning comedy venue. He has also headlined at many Northern comedy venues and is an accomplished serious actor with experience on television, the stage and even in an opera! Toby's stand-up is renowned for its topicality and occasionally uncompromising political slant, and his delivery giddily straddles the humbly self-deprecating to the ferociously in-your-face.

XS MALARKEY, MANCHESTER - Best Comedy Club In The North, Chortle Awards 2002 and 2003:
Regular compere, introducing acts like Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Junior Simpson, Reginald D Hunter, Jimmy Carr, Mick Miller, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring and others.

Semi-regular on M.E.N. At Work (2001-current).
Regular compere on New Stuff (2005-present).
Deviser/writer/performer on The Unbroadcastable Radio
Show - topical sketch satire show (2003 - current).

Hundreds of compere appearances (weekends and raw nights).

Compere, headline and main support appearances at
The Comedy Store (Leeds) The Stand (Edinburgh) The Buzz, Mirth on Monday, The Comedy Zone, The Blue Cat, Manchester University (all Manchester) The Ark (Headingly) Head Of Steam, Slaughterhouse, Rawhide (all Liverpool) The Big Issue Edinburgh Festival Extravaganza (supporting Phil Kay) Limelight (Crewe) Jesters (Bristol)and many, many more.

Sketches for The Unbroadcastable Radio Show.
Articles in The Guardian, The Independent and DVD Monthly.
Adapted 1984 and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist for the stage.

Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights (Ch 4), Coronation Street (ITV), The Forsyte Saga (ITV), Always and Everyone (ITV), Shameless (Ch 4), Building the Titanic(ITV), Pure Soap (BBC 3).

BBC GMR Live Election Coverage, Late Night Currie (Five Live), Spanking New (Radio 7), Michelle Around Midnight (guest and co-presenter, BBC GMR), The Allan Beswick Show (co-presenter, BBC GMR), Sunday (Radio 4, Anita Anand (Radio 5) plus many, many more.

Several for CD-ROMS, Radio Adverts, Corporate Videos, Radio Idents and Documentaries (tape available on request)

Two (on tour) Loot, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sherlock Holmes In Trouble (Royal Exchange, Manchester) The Talented Mr Ripley (Dukes, Lancaster) Genoveva (Opera North, Edinburgh International
Festival World Premiere) Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (Edinburgh Fronge and tour) Plus many more.

WINNER: The Les Dawson Award (inaugural winner beating a shortlist including Peter Kay, Daniel Kitson, Dave Spikey, Ken Dodd, Caroline Ahearne, Craig Cash and Steve Coogan) - 2003 North West Comedy Awards.
WINNER: Best Radio Comedy Content (Michelle Around
Midnight, BBC GMR) - 2004 North West Comedy Awards.
WINNER: Best Comedy Club (XS Malarkey) - 2004 North West Comedy Awards.
WINNER: Best Comedy Club (North) (XS Malarkey) - Chortle Awards 2002, 2003, 2004.
NOMINEE: Best Touring Show (The Unbroadcastable Radio Show) - 2004 North West Comedy Awards.
NOMINEE: Best Comedy Writing (The Unbroadcastable Radio Show) - 2004 North West Comedy Awards.

"One of the local heroes of comedy - one of the regular highlights (of the night) is the genial and all-inclusive banter of Hadoke himself" - Ben Carlish, Metro

"One of the circuits leading comperes - an expert ringmaster, tackles hecklers with relish and zeal. A comedy genius" - Helen Duff, Metro

"His quick witted mix of left field topicality and observational asides ensures he's rarely short of work" - Mike Barnett, Manchester Evening News

"Brilliant, had the audience in stitches" - Kevin Bourke, Manchester Evening News

"A stage manner more engaging than Henry VIII, and a wit sharper than an executioner's axe. Good audience rapport and a slayer of hecklers" - The Big Issue

"PICK OF THE WEEK: A star with brains" - William Cook, The Guardian