Karen Bayley

Karen Bayley

Karen Bayley is an award-winning comedian, widely known for being the first-ever female winner of The Comedy Store King Gong. Entertaining audiences with her saucy, friendly and confident stage presence, Karen is a revered comedian who infects audiences with giggles. A favourite and regular face across the comedy circuit, Karen is a fantastic choice to book as a comedian for your next event, guaranteed to have comedy enthusiasts speaking about your event for months to come.


Having been a regular on the comedy circuit for over two decades, Karen Bayley has claimed the 2001 Komedia New Act Prize and been a finalist of the 2018 Petfringe Comedian of the Year. Originally making a name for herself on the comedy circuit after reaching the semi-finals of BBC New Comedy Awards and Babycham Funny Women awards. Karen is now a TV regular having appeared on The Last Word, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Celebrity Juice and 100 Greatest Cartoons. She is also famed for appearing on the Aviva Goth Advert Campaign and for providing tour support for Joe Lycett.

Karen began her comedy career back in 2000 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Her bold, no nonsense attitude strikes a perfect pitch with men and women alike, and she is equally at home compering or performing sets. Karen is also resident compere of her own clubs in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull, her claim to fame to date being the first woman (in its history) to win the gong show at The Comedy Store.

TV & Edinburgh

In 2004 she took a show to the Edinburgh Festival with Susan Murray, where she gained glowing reviews. TV BBC New Comedy Awards semi finals (BBC Choice)
BBC New Comedy Awards showcase finals (BBC3)
The Last Word (Live late chat show) (ITV1)
Sex on the Job (Sky 1)
100 Greatest Cartoons (Channel 4) Film
Longford – release date June 06 (Channel 4/HBO) RADIO Fred McCauley Show (BBC Radio Scotland)
Henry Kelly show (BBC Radio Berkshire)
Michelle Mallone Show (BBC Greater Manchester) Martin Kellner Show (BBC Radio Leeds)

Corporate events

Having built a substantial following of her comedic talents, Karen is now regularly booked to perform as a comedian at a range of corporate, private and public events. Combining a no-nonsense attitude with killer wit and a confident stage presence, Karen makes for a truly unforgettable comedian at events. Recognised for not having ‘much trouble getting audiences laughing’ by Chortle and to have a ‘likeable headstrong persona’ by The List, Karen is an award-winning comedian who adds something special to events of all kinds. When looking to book a comedian for your next corporate event, Karen Bayley is a fantastic addition.

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