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Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett

If he continues this way, Lycett will become one of mainstream’s biggest names.
The Times

Joe Lycett is an award-winning comedian and writer.

One of the best-loved performers currently working on the UK circuit, Joe is a rising comedy star with bundles of stage presence and effortless charm. An Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee and a Chortle Award winner, Joe has progressed rapidly since making his stage debut at the Manchester Comedy Store in 2008.

2016 saw Joe make his debut on The Royal Variety Performance in front of HRH Prince Of Wales and HRH The Duchess Of Cornwall at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.  Joe’s other recent television appearances include performing stand-up on programmes such as BBC1’s Live At The Apollo and ITV’s Sunday Night At The Palladium, as well as regularly starring on panel shows such as Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks and ITV2’s Celebrity Juice. He has appeared several times on BBC Radio 4 institution Just A Minute and made regular appearances on The Josh Widdicombe Show on XFM, The Richard Bacon Show on Radio 5 Live and The Scott Mills Show on Radio 1. In 2015, Joe was confirmed as the new host of BBC Radio 4’s long-running panel show It’s Not What You Know, taking over from Miles Jupp.

In August 2012 Joe performed his hotly-anticipated debut hour Some Lycett Hot at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show was a huge hit with critics and audiences alike, selling out its entire run and securing Joe a Foster’s Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination. Joe subsequently took the show to Soho Theatre for a sold-out four night run.

In 2013, Joe returned to the Fringe in a larger capacity venue with a brand new solo show entitled If Joe Lycett Then You Should’ve Put A Ring On It. He completely sold out his month’s run, receiving a string of rave reviews and an invitation to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in the process.

He returned to Edinburgh in 2015 with That’s The Way, A-Ha, A-Ha, Joe Lycett to huge audience and critical acclaim. He sold out his entire run, culminating in a packed out show at the 750-seater Pleasance Grand. He toured the show around the UK in 2016, winning the Chortle Award for Best Show and eventually releasing it on DVD.

2016 was a jam-packed year for Joe; not only did he land himself a co-hosting role for Sky 1’s The Big Spell alongside Sue Perkins and Moira Stuart – which aired in early 2017; he also toured his show That’s The Way, A-Ha, A-Ha, Joe Lycett around the UK; won the 2016 Chortle Award for ‘Best Show’, and recorded and released it on DVD.

Joe’s star continues to rise in 2017. He has hosted Comic Relief on BBC1, competed in the fourth series of Dave’s Taskmaster and performed stand-up on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show for BBC1. Joe also announced his biggest tour to date in 2017. I’m About To Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett will tour the UK and Ireland in 2018, with over 90 dates confirmed.

Joe made his first foray into the literary arena with Parsnips: Buttered, a self-help book designed to teach you how to “baffle, bamboozle and boycott your way through modern life”, released in October 2016.

Joe has also performed internationally at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.


  • Winner: Best Show – Chortle Awards 2016
  • Nominee: Best Compere – Chortle Awards 2013
  • Nominee: Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2012
  • Finalist: BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2011
  • Winner: Best Newcomer – Chortle Awards 2010
  • Winner: Chortle Student Comedian of the Year 2009
  • Runner-up: Latitude Festival: New Act of the Year 2009
  • Runner-up: Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2009
  • Semi-Finalist: So You Think You’re Funny 2008
  • Edinburgh Fringe 2008: Amused Moose Hot Starlet
Television – Comedy/Entertainment:

  • Sunday Brunch – Co-Host (CH4, 2017)
  • QI – Guest (BBC2,2017)
  • Comic Relief – Host (BBC1, 2017)
  • Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule – Guest (ITV, 2017)
  • As Yet Untitled – Guest (Dave, 2017)
  • Taskmaster – Contestant (Dave, 2017)
  • The Big Spell – Co-host (Sky1, 2016-17)
  • Live At The Apollo – Host (BBC1, 2016)
  • 12 Stars Of Christmas (C4, 2016)
  • The Royal Variety Performance – Performer (ITV, 2016)
  • The Jonathan Ross Show – Guest (ITV, 2016)
  • Room 101 (BBC2, 2016)
  • Countdown – Dictionary Corner (C4, 2016)
  • Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central, 2016)
  • Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (Sky 1, 2016)
  • Drunk History – Storyteller (Comedy Central, 2016)
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown – Guest (C4, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Insert Name Here – Guest (BBC2, 2016)
  • Thronecast – Guest (Sky Atlantic, 2016)
  • 8 Out Of 10 Cats – Guest (C4, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • Would I Lie To You? – Guest (BBC1, 2015)
  • Celebrity Fifteen To One – Guest (C4, 2015)
  • Sunday Night At The Palladium – Stand-Up Performer (ITV1, 2015)
  • The Great British Bake Off: Extra Slice – Guest (BBC2, 2015)
  • Reality Bites (ITV2, 2015)
  • The Apprentice: You’re Fired – Guest (BBC2, 2014)
  • Live At The Apollo – Performer (BBC1, 2014)
  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks – Guest (BBC2, 2012, 2014)
  • Celebrity Squares – Panellist (ITV, 2014)
  • Sweat the Small Stuff – Guest (BBC3, 2013, 2014)
  • Montreal International Comedy Festival Gala – Performer (Comedy Central, 2014)
  • Twit of the Year – Panellist (C4, 2013)
  • Staying In With Greg & Russell – Guest (BBC3, 2013)
  • Xtra Factor – Guest (ITV, 2013)
  • Britain’s Got More Talent – Guest (ITV, 2013)
  • Celebrity Juice – Guest (ITV2, 2012, 2013)
  • Celebrity Juice – Guest (ITV2, 2012, 2013)
  • Don’t Sit in the Front Row – Guest (Sky Atlantic, 2012)
  • Deal or No Deal – Guest (C4, 2012)
  • Dirty Digest – Regular Panellist (E4, 2011)
  • Comedy @ The Fringe – Performer (BBC3, 2011)
  • Epic Win – Co-host (BBC1, 2011)
  • Show and Tell – Guest (E4, 2011)
  • Most Annoying People 2010 – Guest (BBC3, 2010)
  • The Late List, non-broadcast pilot (Channel 4, 2010)
  • Laughter Shock (BBC3, 2010)


  • Chain Reaction (BBC R4, 2017)
  • It’s Not What You Know (Host, BBC R4, 2016)
  • The Unbelievable Truth (BBC R4, 2015)
  • Don’t Make Me Laugh (BBC R4, 2014, 2015)
  • Just a Minute (BBC R4, 2014, 2015)
  • Britain Vs The World (BBC R4, 2014)
  • Phil Taggart & Alice Levine (BBC R1, 2013)
  • The Scott Mills Show (BBC R1, 2013)
  • The Josh Widdicombe Show – weekly contributor (XFM)
  • The Radio One Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw (BBC R1, 2013)
  • It’s Not What You Know (BBC R4, 2013)
  • Tom Deacon’s Road Trip (BBC R1, 2013)
  • MacAuley and Co – Guest (BBC Radio Scotland, 2011-13)
  • The Scott Mills Show (BBC R1, 2012)
  • Richard Bacon – Guest (BBC Radio 5 Live, 2012)
  • Afternoon Reading: Comic Fringes – Writer/ Performer (BBC R4, 2011)


  • Ibiza Weekender Series 1-3 – Voice Over (ITV, 2015-2017)
  • Magaluf Weekender Series 1-3 – Voice Over (ITV2, 2013-14)


  • That’s The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett, Edinburgh Fringe 2015 then UK tour 2015/2016
  • If Joe Lycett Then You Should’ve Put a Ring On It, Edinburgh Festival 2013 then UK tour 2013/14
  • Joe Lycett: Some Lycett Hot, Soho Theatre 2013
  • Joe Lycett: Some Lycett Hot, Edinburgh Festival 2012
  • Jack Whitehall: Let’s Not Speak Of This Again, UK Tour 2011 – Support
  • Tommy Tiernan: Poot, UK Tour 2011 – Support
  • The Pleasance Comedy Reserve, Edinburgh Festival 2011
  • Ross Noble and Friends
  • Scott Capurro: Spring 2011


Joe Lycett: Parsnips, Buttered: Bamboozle and boycott modern life, one email at a time (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016)

The excellent routines are greatly enriched by Lycett’s manner: playful, laidback, more like on of us, it feels, than the attention-seeking neurotics you might encounter elsewhere.
The Guardian

What a joy it is to spend an hour with Joe Lycett… Lycett is affable when the tackles the big topics as he is when he deconstructs the trivial. Arenas surely wait. 
The Independent 

If he continues this way, Lycett will become one of mainstream’s biggest names. ★★★★
The Times 

If you want to bet on the next mainstream stand-up star put your shirt on Joe Lycett. ★★★★
Evening Standard

He’s cheeky, warm, super-funny and mixes delightful stories and observations. He’s effortlessly funny and an hour in his company is an absolute pleasure.
Time Out

Extremely fine gags. 

Rising talent Joe Lycett already possesses the confidence and relaxed, homely charm of an old campaigner.
The Times

A delightfully natural style that builds a real connection with the audience…an accomplished storyteller.

Entertainingly mischievous … intensely charming.

Lycett’s guaranteed to be a huge star.
Time Out

The epitome of affability on stage… he has an excellent way of telling a story.

A growing force on the UK stand-up circuit.
The Telegraph

On 2015 Edinburgh Show That’s The Way, A-Ha, A-Ha, Joe Lycett

He has the calm, confident air of a comedian twice his vintage. ★★★★
The Independent 

Some comedians just make it look so easy, and Joe Lycett is one such example. An hour in his company just goes down like water. Since he made his debut two years ago, he has developed the serene air of a comic completely at ease with himself and his material. ★★★★1/2

He makes funny seem easy.
The Guardian

On 2013 Edinburgh Show Joe Lycett: If Joe Lycett Then You Should’ve Put A Ring On It

An accomplished hour…instant rapport with his audience.

This show is a roaring success.

So entertaining…cheerfully silly…it’s a pleasure to be in Lycett’s company.

It’s impossible not to be carried off on a wave of goodwill…should leave you grinning with liberal delight.
The List

On 2012 Edinburgh Show Joe Lycett: Some Lycett Hot

This may be Joe Lycett’s debut solo year, but his confidence and comic timing would be the envy of the most experienced turn.
The List

His armoury consists of wit, charm, and the enviable ability to elicit laughs through cadence alone.

[The Audience is] utterly charmed…Don’t be surprised to see him gracing the Best Newcomer shortlist.

Scorching comedy.

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