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Simon Emmanuel

Top Welsh comics to keep your eye on


Simon Emanuel, the vibrant Welsh stand-up comic, TV presenter, and radio personality, has been captivating audiences across the UK and Europe since he burst onto the comedy scene in 2008. With a career marked by infectious energy, quick-witted banter, and a penchant for far-flung observations delivered through abstract punchlines, Simon has solidified his position among the comedy circuit’s elite.

In his early years, Simon’s comedic prowess shone through as he reached the finals of prestigious competitions, including Comedy Callback (Jongleurs) in 2009 and The Loaded Laftas (Loaded Magazine) in 2010. Not one to be confined by borders, Simon embarked on a comedy adventure in 2012, relocating to Norway where he became the house MC for The Oslo Comedy Clubs. This marked the beginning of a ten-month period during which he traversed the Scandinavian comedy scene, leaving his mark in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.

Upon his return to the UK in 2013, Simon’s talents were duly recognised as he clinched the Welsh Unsigned Stand-Up of the Year award. His star continued to rise, with appearances on Rhod Gilbert’s BBC Wales Radio show and a coveted slot supporting Alan Davies at the Cardiff Comedy Gala in the prestigious Cardiff Millennium Centre.

Acknowledged as one of the “Top Welsh comics to keep your eye on at the fringe” by Wales Online in 2014, Simon went on to become a regular guest on BBC Radio Wales’s “The Jamie Owen show” from 2015 to 2018. His unique views on the week’s news and current affairs brought a fresh perspective to the airwaves.

Simon’s foray into television began in 2016 when he started writing and presenting for the Sky channel “Made in Cardiff.” Collaborating with fellow comic Ignacio Lopez, they worked on various programs, including the weekly show “Bad Press,” the entertainment show “The Lowdown,” and the live comedy show “Live at the Glee.”

The year 2017 marked a significant milestone as Simon was selected as support for Tom Green’s European tour at the Glee Club Cardiff. Since January 2018, he has been a prominent writer and star of BBC Sesh’s online content, showcasing his comedic brilliance in the digital realm.

In 2020, Simon reached another pinnacle in his career, making his TV stand-up debut with the BBC’s “Stand up for Sesh.” With a career that continues to ascend, Simon Emanuel remains a comedic force to be reckoned with, leaving audiences in stitches and earning accolades for his unique and uproarious brand of humour.

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