Toby Hadoke

Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Toby Hadoke is the resident compere of the multi award winning XS Malarkey Comedy Club. He is also a regular at many major comedy clubs including The 99 Club, The Frog & Bucket and The Comedy Store.


His debut one man show - Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf - enjoyed a West End run and major UK tour after two successful runs at The Edinburgh Fringe (the latter a sell out with 100% five star reviews). It has also played in Auckland, Wellington, Toronto, Chicago, Florida and Los Angeles, and his BBC radio adaptation of it was nominated for a Sony Award. Follow ups Now I Know My BBC and My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver were both critical successes and the latter will tour in 2013.

Theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Loot, Sherlock Holmes in Trouble (all Royal Exchange Theatre) the lead in Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (tour) and The Talented Mr Ripley (Duke's, Lancaster).  His many Radio 4 credits include Dead Souls, Fraud, and the leads in Writing The Century and his own play The Public Purse. TV appearances include Casualty 1907, The Forsyte Saga, Phoenix Nights, The Royal Today, A & E, and Titanic - Birth Of A Legend. Writing includes The Comedy Sketchbook (BBC 1) and The Comedy Christmas (BBC 2) and pieces in The Guardian, The Independent, and SFX. He won The Les Dawson Award in 2003, and a Chortle Award in 2007 (Chortle also nominated him as Best Compere 2012).

An experienced voice over artist, he is also one of the presenters of The 7th Dimension on BBC Radio 4 Extra and has recorded a number of commentaries for the Doctor Who DVD range. His first book, Running Through Corridors: Volume One is a critical odyssey through the whole of Doctor Who and is co-written with Robert Shearman. Two further volumes are on his hard drive begging to be edited. (website and blog)

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