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Larger than life and twice as much fun, Raymond Mearns is one of the
most experienced performers in the United Kingdom and beyond - and
still one of the hardest working.
Having earned his spurs hosting comedy nights at some of the most
improbable venues in the country, Raymond has now hit the big time as
a much sought-after compere. He regularly hosts nights at some of the
biggest comedy clubs in the UK including The Stand Comedy Club, where
he is now one of the resident MC's, the massive Jongleurs chain, The
Hyena, The Frog & Bucket and The Glee. In 2005, Raymond was a resident
his festival headliner at the very prestigious New York Underground
Outside of his hosting duties, his natural rapport with an audience
and unerring ability to work a gag have made him one of the most
popular solo acts, capable of producing a tightly structured set but
with a remarkably free-flowing style. Raymond continues to hone his
devastating improvisational skills as one of the founding members of
cult musical improve troupe Dance Monkey Boy, Dance which Raymond
co-founded in 2004 and which goes from strength to strength.
Raymond's appetite for performing is rivalled only by his appetite for
hot pies. Since starting his career in Glasgow's infamous Comedy
Cellar (then hosted by one Ed Byrne), Raymond has gobbled up the gigs,
including a highly successful tour of the Scottish Highlands in 2002,
playing to every type of crowd in every type of venue. The result is
that he is now one of the most adaptable of all comedians, as quick
with his brain as he is with his tongue and ready to dish out a
belly-full of laughs to hungry audiences everywhere.
Following a succession of sell out one-man shows at the Edinburgh
Fringe and the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival , Raymond
has made a smooth transition onto the airwaves as a regular
contributor to the Fred MacAulay Show (BBC Radio). Additionally
Raymond adopted a number of guises on the Live Floor Show ,
(BBC1) throughout 2002-3. During 2005-6 Raymond has appeared on shows
as diverse as John Thompson Stands Up for Comedy (Sky/Bravo)
and The Smith Lectures (BBC Radio 2).
A successful actor to boot, Raymond has worked twice with legendary
director Ken Loach ( Aye Fond Kiss and the upcoming These
Times ), has appeared in ITV's Rebus and can shortly be
seen as Happy Boab in BBC Scotland's new comedy Legit.
Whether appearing as a comedian or an actor, Mearns always delivers a
first rate performance.
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