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“I have used Purple Cactus to book a number of comedians for company functions. They provide a fantastic service and are a company I would recommend and definitely use again” – Halifax



Liverpudlian-in-exile Silky has been a full time comedian for half his life. He did his first gig waaaaay back in 1994, and his fourth gig (the final of the 1995 BBC New Comedy Awards alongside Lee Mack, Daniel Kitson and Julian Barratt) was shown on BBC1’s Stand-Up Show. Other TV Work includes The World Stands Up (Paramount), the Comics Lounge (AUS).

International work includes China, Kuwait, UAE, Singapore, the US, thePhilippines, Kosovo, the Falkland Islands, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and all over Europe, including at the Glastonbury Festival,where no-one lobbed bottles of wee, much to his relief. He’s performed at Bestival, Camp Bestival, The Big Chill, the Green Man, GlobalGathering, the Big Bang at Santa Pod, and in the houseband for the Kilkenny Festival.

He is also the evil mastermind behind the Kill for a Seat Comedy clubs across the UK, (“Silky runs lovely gigs all across the country” – Rhod Gilbert) and has performed with the Comedy Store’s MEN at Work satirical team, and the Grand Theft Impro, Dublin Comedy Improv and Monkey Lab Improv teams.

Glorious Failures:

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year (prize-winning runner-up).
Liverpool Echo Arts and Entertainment Award Nominee (the only person to be nominated twice, still not won it).
Time Out Award (didn’t get entry form in on time).
The list gets longer every day. He did, however, win the BAF ‘Out There’ award for Artistic Courage, for a show at the Bakewell Arts Festival, where they were genuinely expecting folk music.

A tall, versatile, funny and very likable performer, whether you need an MC, an extended set, or simply something down from the top of a cupboard, Silky headlined the inaugural Frampton Mansell comedy festival, the world’s smallest. He acted in ‘All Shorts’ for Club West (winners of the coveted Spirit of the Fringe award), and presented WorldArt Media’s TV Stage in Princes Street Garden.

He’s compered the Big Value Comedy Show Edinburgh Fringe (****, the final of the FHM Comedy Award and has played from Manila to Berlin, Belfast to Prague, Shanghai to Croydon, but he’s never been to me, and actually enjoys making people laugh. He acted in a pilot for SO TV that was bought for broadcast by Disney, and will never show the tape as Bee Costumes and spandex are involved.

Warm-up work includes Strictly Come Dancing for BBC1, a Saturday evening primetime show attracting 9.1 million viewers. He’s always doing interesting stuff.

Corporate clients include NISSAN, UMIST, GSK, and Tubedale Films amongst others.


a very, very funny fella.. just brilliant’ – John Bishop

funny and clever’ – Tim Minchin

Skilful and entertaining’ – Time Out

One of the comedy circuit’s most popular headliners … On the cusp of Superstardom’ – Yorkshire Life

Among the best of the circuit … born funny.’ – City Life

massively engaging guitar-playing stand-up whose instinctive rapport with audiences makes him welcome wherever he goes.’ – Guardian Guide (Pick of the Week)

In front of a capacity crowd in the famous Cavern Club, Silky’s mix of witty chat and cheery songs delighted all present’ – Liverpool Echo

PRICE BAND: Bronze £500 to £2,500

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