Archie Maddocks’ warm energy, natural stage presence, and “winning smile” has made him a popular act on the comedy circuit. In 2014 he reached the finals in an impressive run of national competitions including The New Act of the Year, English Comedian of the Year, and the Amused Moose Laugh Off. His charisma, impersonations and witty ease of delivery has won him a loyal fanbase in live stand up and as a host of numerous comedy nights and talent shows. With an English Mum and Trinidadian Dad, his brilliant debut show ‘Shirts vs Skins’ at Leicester Comedy Festival was applauded for it’s hilarious honesty, with candid observations about heritage, identity, and the pressure to ‘pick a side’. His brilliant follow up show IlluminArchie saw him take a broader, almost cinematic approach to his storytelling, covering an accidentally racist girlfriend, a killer doughnut and an altercation with a monkey.
Archie’s skill in writing and performing comedy is matched by his love of theatre, and in 2017 he was shortlisted for the largest playwriting award in Europe, making the final ten out of almost 2000 scripts submitted for the Bruntwood Prize. His play, A Place For We, set in a traditional West Indian funeral parlour in Brixton, South London, covers themes echoed in his stand-up such as gentrification, family and tradition. Archie has also previously had his writing work performed by the Bush Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre in London. Alongside his joyous contributions to the stand up circuit, he currently has several exciting theatre and TV projects in development. A Maddocks of many talents!
Watch Archie Maddocks’ Stand-Up Special
Titles can be deceiving, and it’s only fair to advise you that Archie Maddocks in fact keeps his top on throughout Shirts Vs Skins. Come for the confectionary-based puns, stay for a laser-sharp (and hilarious) exploration of racial, social, and musical identity.
See Archie Maddocks Live
Archie is currently performing his Work in Progress show in London, details for it can be found here. Later in 2018 he will perform his solo show Illuminarchie at the Vault Festival, as well as gigging elsewhere in England and Wales. You can check for updates here.
Based in London, Archie Maddocks channelled his gift for performing first as an actor with his local youth theatre group, and later taking a postgraduate degree in Acting at London’s City Lit. He started performing stand-up comedy in August 2012 after a promoter spotted him by chance in an improvised play and praised him on his impeccable comic timing. His first gig was in Westminster at the Red Lion pub for the Electric Mouse Comedy club. In January 2014 Archie fought of stiff competition as a finalist in the NATYs, and was recognised by Chortle for his “nice stage presence and strong performance skills”. It was an incredible year for the young and green comic, making the finals for the Amused Moose Laugh off and English Comedian of the year, as well as winning the Manchester Comedy Store King Gong, and ( jointly) the Bath New Act of the Year. Archie is thankful for the early exposure and experience gained from a run of quick competition successes, telling StandUpForComedy “they have helped me get to where I am at the speed that I have…it’s not the be all and end all though. You’ve still got to work hard and come up with the stuff”. That same summer, Archie also made his first foray into the Edinburgh Fringe at the free festival where he performed alongside fellow comic and actor Jamie Oliphant in their hour-long stand-up special, Cookies and Cream, in The Big Value Late Show.
The following year, and this time braving it alone, Archie returned to the festival with a 45 minute set, Ain’t Got No Behaviour!, (based on the accusation Archie had shouted at him his whole life!), with a tight routine of astute observations and stories of his own ineptitude. But it was his 2016 debut solo show, Archie Maddocks: Shirts Vs Skins, that earned him the attention from critics and audiences alike, utilising his natural talent for impersonations and bringing humorous characters to life. Broadway Baby remarked “Particular personas to note are his Mexican mafia casino owner, an old Arab man at a mosque and a African American telling him why he isn’t black, each with their own story illustrating Archie’s identity crisis”. The most powerfully unifying moment for Archie was when he enlightened, what seemed to be fifty per cent of the audience, where prunes, raisins and sultanas came from. It was just one of his observational lines that was delivered with the winning combination of wit, stupidity and charm.” His latest show IlluminArchie made its mark at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, and can now been seen in London as part of the 2018 Vaults festival in London’s Waterloo.