Paul Merton

TV Presenter & Comedian

Famed for appearances on popular TV panel shows including Have I Got News for You? Room 101 and Whose Line is it Anyway?, Paul Merton is without a doubt one of the UK’s favourite comedians. Quick-witted, smart and satirical, he combines the bizarre with the observational to create one of the most original comedy shows of our time.

By 1986, Merton was appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe and just a year later he was earning rave reviews, prompting his first appearance on TV’s Whose Line is it Anyway, the improvisational comedy show. In 1990, Merton starred in his own sketch show, called Paul Merton: The Series which spanned two series.

The roles fell thick and fast from then on for Merton who would star on Have I Got News for You? in 1990. He became Team Captain and has since gone on to appear in a massive 502 episodes up to 2019.

Merton has also presented a number of popular mini-series’ including Paul Merton in Europe, Paul Merton’s Adventures, Paul Merton in India, Paul Merton in China and Paul Merton’s Life of Comedy. A regular on Comic Relief and on UK talk shows including Parkinson, The One Show and This Morning. He has also featured on improv comedy radio programme, The Masterson Inheritance and written a host of TV and radio shows.

Few can match the sophistication, speed of wit, intellectual comedy, improv, deadpan delivery and audience interaction that Merton is rightly famed for making him a popular figure on both stage and screen.

Featuring as an after dinner speaker, host and famous comedian for hire, Merton has been an ever-present on the tour circuit. Whether playing at UK Comedy Stores, the Hammersmith Apollo, conference venues or theatres, he has graced some of the most prestigious venues around. With material to captivate even the most erudite of audiences, Paul Merton is a comedian capable of leaving any size audience in stitches.

From a comedy show at the London Palladium to a Q&A at both Cambridge Union and Oxford Union; an appearance on Lorraine discussing his refusal to joke about Brexit and Trump to presenting the British Comedy Awards, Paul Merton is a versatile British comedian able to add star quality to any event.

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