Tony is the only half Spanish half Scottish hybrid working comic in the world. Born in Malaga he was subsequently raised in the Costa Del Preston, Lancashire. When he was only a toddler his Father looked around saw the sea, the sand and the sunshine of the Andalucian coast and thought “we need to be nearer Wigan Pier”.
He has been touring the comedy scene since early 2005 performing across the UK and internationally. Tony has enjoyed recognition as a comedian and notably comedy compere of renown.
He is best known for the way he seamlessly mixes well thought out observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. His life and interests are wide ranging, and so is his material, all performed in a warm, friendly and non-offensive style. When hosting festivals and corporate events Tony’s confident effervescent persona has been found ideal for engaging crowds in their 100’s and 1000’s.
Well aware of social and political issues Tony has been called upon to entertain at many high profile events for charities such as Christian Aid, Oxfam, Fairtrade Foundation and TearFund. He’s also been the tour support act for TV acts such as Jimmy Cricket and Tim Vine. He has performed for TV & Radio and was even called upon to be the warm up comedian for BBC’s Songs of Praise (a low point in his career).
“Comedy that’s life affirming” BBC1 Heaven & Earth Show
“Socially aware inoffensive fun” The List
“Such a class act” Steve Legg, Sorted Magazine
“The compère Tony Vino was excellent” 3 Weeks
“****” The Scotsman & 3 weeks (2010 Edinburgh Show)
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.
Some reviews of Tony Vino
Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events
Tony is very funny, a class act and always comes up with the goods.
Paul Jennings, ASDA Head of Communications
Tony was delightful, he had 1000 people fully engaged and laughing throughout.
Warm, engaging, funny and likeable, everything you want in a comedian.