Pierre Hollins is a stand up comedian and writer.The only other ‘proper jobs’ he’s ever had were washing dishes in the House of Commons, labouring on a gas pipe line in Qatar, in the Middle East, and teaching drama to the mentally ill. He has been an audience favourite on the comedy circuit for many years, and has headlined at clubs throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
In the early days he worked as a support act to Lenny Henry and Rory Bremner; appeared in the West End with Rita Rudner; and toured with The Flying Pickets, and Willie Rushton & Barry Cryer. He has completely re-invented his act several times (from the early days of acrobatic spectacle and frivolous audience abuse – where he was described as ‘far fetched and semi dangerous’ Time Out).
In a more recent incarnation he was found weilding an electric squash racket – ‘must be seen to be believed’ Chortle; ‘comedy rock and roll heaven’ Hot Tickets.
His relaxed amiability is defined by a compelling conversational style and absurd guitar posturing. His ‘songs’ are jokes that rhyme, set to a guitar backbeat, never travelling down the easy route of song parodies. He covers topics from love and hate, to sex and politics with a totally original voice, delivering his material with charm and irrelevance.He ‘should be made the mayor of a small village’ (Shanghai City Weekend).
‘LITTLE RED SPIDER’ – pilot for comedy-drama series – performed at the SOHO THEATRE in a season of new writing (2006)
‘WAKE UP WITH WINONA’ – Staff writer for one season – DISNEY CHANNEL (2005)
Regular column for Brighton Lifestyle magazine NEW CURRENTS (2005…)
‘THE KEBAB SHOP OWNER’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER’ – radio play, performed at SOHO THEATRE in a season of new writing, later commissioned by RADIO 4 (2004)
‘LOCAL FOLK ROCK’ – 3-part spoof documentary series, for BBC SOUTHERN RADIO, funded through RADIO 4 (2004)
‘THE DRUIDS’ – sitcom pilot, performed at SOHO THEATRE, in a season of new writing – later commissioned by RADIO 4 (2003)
‘HOW TO RULE THE PLANET’ – Solo show, commissioned by the Lewes Literature Festival (1996)
‘BODGER AND BADGER’ – CBBC – Script editor for one complete series + writer of six episodes on another series (1995)
2 X 5minute documentaries for CBBC (1994)
‘GURU’ – cartoon in FORTEAN TIMES, also syndicated in the American publication DEOLOG. (1991 to 1997)
Number 73; Get Fresh; Fry and Laurie; Saturday Live; Jim’ll Fix It; Jerry Sadovitz Show; Nightlife Legends
4 at the Store; The Right Time; Local Folk Rock
T.V. Warm Up
(various, including) Rory Bremner Show; Alexi Sayles’ Stuff; Rita Rudner Show; Bottom; Fry & Laurie
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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