For someone who first shot to fame as the “funny one” on the early shift on Sunday mornings as host of BBC 2's originally titled The Sunday Show back in 1996, the fact that he is still going strong today is testament to the brilliance and diversity of the thin faced comedian and the timeless quality of his comedy. Appearing on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow 2010 again confirming Paul Tonkinson is a class act.
Once described as the "bastard son of Ken Dodd", Paul Tonkinson is a shameless and a self-confessed professional northerner but more unforgivably is also a celebrity Manchester United supporter and regular appears as one of the talking heads on numerous football chat and tribute shows. That head also gets a fair bit of exposure on those other never-ending I Love ...., the Greatest Ever ... and Do You Remember ... shows so beloved of modern TV programmers.
But the complete Paul Tonkinson is a star in his own right and a true master of comedy in all its different guises - on stage, in character, on screen, on air, compere or host. Whatever he chooses to do or be at any given time, Paul Tonkinson never fails to make his audience roar with laughter.
Comedian Paul Tonkinson first emerged on the stand-up circuit back in 1992, when he scooped the Time Out New Act of the Year Award. He completed the Time Out double when the
Now a veteran of the stand-up, cabaret and corporate comedy circuits, Paul built on his Sunday Show success in 2001 when he landed the job as host of The Big Breakfast, standing in for Johnny Vaughan. Sadly, he lasted only two months before he was summarily fired when
His other television credits include Premier League All Stars for Sky One, Raw Soup on ITV, two series of Take The Mic for Channel 4, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy for the BBC, Liquid News and even a time on the sofa on GMTV.
His fledgling film career has, so far, included roles in Br-t flicks Going Back and Strong Language.
Moving into radio, he became the first breakfast show presenter on Xfm's
He then moved across the capital to host his own show, the even more originally titled Paul Tonkinson Show for BBC London as well as pieces for Radio 4’s seminal comedy news shows Loose Ends and The Week Ending.
But it is stage as a stand-up comedian that Paul Tonkinson is most at home. A master of mimicry and particular amusing accents, he takes his audience on a guided tour of
Among the people top comic Paul Tonkinsonwould apparently like to meet are such legendary statesmen as
Nelson Mandela Dalai Lama. Larry David. Richard Pryor, marathon runner Emil Zatopek, Paul Thomas Anderson, and predictably Ryan Giggs.
WHAT THE COMICS SAID
"It was being ripped apart by Paul Tonkinson at the Auckland Comedy Festival 2008 that made me want to be a stand-up comedian. Would love to play on the same bill as him - just not sat in the front row again!" - Stevie Gray, September 2009
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID
"Brilliant" - The Independent
“Very funny” - The Mirror“Excellent... extremely talented... brilliant”. - Time Out