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With his offbeat intelligent style, Alasdair Beckett-King’s the authentic middle class pacifist who’s biblical appearance and knowledge of 19th century magicians has made him an unforgettable act on the circuit. After a heavenly win on the New Act of the Year Show (formerly Hackney Empire) in 2014 and Time Out identifying him as One to Watch, Alasdair has gone on to perform his quirky and inventive stand-up across the UK, in the Glastonbury Cabaret Tent, Citadel Fest, the Udderbelly Southbank and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Crowned Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017, Alasdair has featured on BBC radio as a comedian and sketch writer, frequently performing on the annual BBC Radio New Comedian Award show. Part of The Pleasance Reserve in 2016 he returned to the Fringe in 2017 to debut his inter-dimensional work-in-progress show. Thus The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries were born, with The Telegraph hailing one of his jokes from the show in their funniest one liners from the 2017 fringe and Chortle as one of the best debut shows around this year. No doubt this vegan viking of stand-up will continue to turn heads in the live sphere for his elegantly crafted and enchanting comedy!
Watch Alasdair Beckett-King’s Stand-Up Special
Whether it’s tackling communist health and safety posters, or his overtly biblical appearance, Alasdair’s inventive, whimsical debut opens a cabinet of curiosities on our impending extinction, emotional repression and vegan flimflam.
See Alasdair Beckett-King Live
Alasdair’s next live gig will be in February at The Sitting Post, York. More details and ticket info can be found here.
Alasdair Beckett-King was born in 1984 (the year, not the book, he’d like to clarify) with his first foray into performing as Joseph in school nativity. He got a taste for the laughter when his robe fell off revealing him his pants. It was whilst studying at the London Film School in animation and live action film, drawing upon folk tale, gothic literature and science fiction, that he noticed he was better at pitching films than he was at making them. In January 2012 he began performing stand-up comedy, although still a filmmaker and animator by trade, winning a Royal Television Society award for one of his student films. Within a year of testing his skills on the circuit Alasdair was encouraged by getting to the finals for the Laughing Horse New Act, the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian, and So You Think You’re Funny? competitions. In 2014 Alasdair competed for one of comedy’s most prestigious prizes – Stewart Lee, Russell Brand and Lee Mack have all appeared on past bills – the New Act of the Year Show. Lauded for his “part geek, part refugee from a medieval tapestry persona”, Alasdair fought off the strong competition and was crowned winner. It’s been a steep upward trajectory from there, with his latest show seeing him nominated for the Amused Moose Comedy Awards 2017, and the same year award winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. We can’t wait to see where Alasdair’s ethereal journey takes him next!