Scottish Comedian of the Year Leo Kearse is part of the new wave of raw, bold, American-inspired comedians taking the big UK clubs by storm - doing weekends for The Comedy Store, Glee, Hot Water, Just The Tonic, Top Secret - and abroad, with 2018 taking in Adelaide, Melbourne, Ibiza, Turkey, Holland, Cyprus, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Belarus, Denmark, Ireland, Jakarta, Singapore, Vietnam and Romania. He's written for BBC comedy including Sam Delaney's News Thing, Question Time, Breaking The News, Mock The Week and Mash Report.
Leo also acts, playing Mick Fleetwood in the ITV drama "Breaking The Band: Fleetwood Mac" and a lead role in the computer game “Super Seducer 2”. He's been on ITV Dinner Date (and won), Sky All Out Politics, Question Time Extra Time, BBC Daily Politics, Al Jazeera and BBC2's Funny Business. His comedy shorts include a Star Wars spoof video that’s had half a million views, and a "Stand up on the tube" stunt that got him in the Mail and Metro and was shared on Ladbible. He has appeared in adverts for Dulcolax and Whiskas. Leo was a backing dancer for a David Icke conspiracy theory lecture at Wembley Arena.
Leo is the co-creator of sellout show Hate 'n' Live, which has improvising comedians hating on audience suggestions - Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Room 101. As well as straight standup, he also performs at festivals and cabaret nights as the improvising Pun-Man. Pun-Man appeared on Britain's Got Talent. Simon hated him.
Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017/18
UK Pun Champion 2015
"Kearse is seriously good. Quick, funny, smart and to the point...hilarious" - Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
"A giant of the art" - Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Rampantly self-interested, prone to generalisations and stereotypes, and with a penchant for punching down rather than up...the audience were roaring with laughter” - One4Review.co.uk
"Overflowing with energy...inspired riffing...a deserved winner" - This Is Essex
"Very funny, very dirty, occasionally shocking, but edgily likeable and happily endearing, eliciting the guilty pleasure of laughter from a wide-eyed audience" - THE LIST ****
"Very tall and very funny... such energy and aplomb that the audience is left powerless to resist... one of the most enjoyable shows of the Fringe" - THREE WEEKS ****
“Really does soar to some great comedic heights” - THE LIST
"He churns out the gags, provoking a steady stream of laughs in his tight set, which strides purposefully between topics with muscular, efficient lines on each. Kearse was both an audience and judges’ favourite, and the deserved winner" - Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Bad…genuinely offensive…a traumatic experience for some audience members” - The National Student
Leo has acted on the large and small screen including:
2018, Videogame, Myself, SUPER SEDUCER 2, Red Dahlia Interactive, Artur Lerman
2018, Television, Mick Fleetwood, BREAKING THE BAND : FLEETWOOD MAC, ITV Studios, Ed Taylor
2016, Television, Pun-Man, BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT, Thames, Jonathan Bullen
2015, Documentary, Myself, DINNER DATE, Hat Trick, Danny Fildes
2014, Documentary, Myself, REAL COMEDY - LEO KEARSE, 4Front Media, Bernard Kordieh
2014, Promo, Myself, UK PUN CHAMPIONSHIP PROMO, Dave UK, Caroline Edwards
2014, Television, Myself, TINDERNET - INTERNET DATING PILOT, Oxygen Entertainment, Eleanor Conway
2013, Film, Myself, THE GUN, THE CAKE & THE BUTTERFLY, Amanda Eliasch, Amanda Eliasch
2013, Short Film, Scottie, STAR WARS VS STAR TREK, Kill TV, Ben Salavati
2012, Documentary, Myself, FUNNY BUSINESS, BBC Television, John Holdsworth
2011, Commercial, Snagglepuss, WHISKAS DREAMIES ADVERT, Electric Blue, Stephen Carr
I’m a regular on Radio 5 Question Time Extra Time and TalkSPORT Extra Time, where I’ve had experience interviewing sports people such as Britain’s worst boxer, Robin Deakin.