Al Murray is a successful comic, awards host and a Perrier Award-winner. Al is known for his iconic character ‘the Pub Landlord’. He was established as a comedian of national importance while starring in Time Gentlemen, Please, and he has also hosted Happy Hour and Live At The Apollo.
Al’s huge stand-up tours have made him one of the most popular live comedy acts in the country, winning the Perrier Award (after a record four successive nominations) at the Edinburgh Festival and securing Olivier Award nominations for both of his celebrated sell-out West End runs.
After studying History at Oxford and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Stewart Lee, Ben Moor and Richard Herring in the Oxford Revue, Al wrote for Week Ending and Spitting Image, and started to work as a solo act.
He supported Frank Skinner on his world tour, taking his act (based around sound effects) with him, but soon became bored with the rigidity of his material. Fortunately, in the same year, he met Harry Hill at a Radio 4 commissioning meeting. His break came, when he was invited to compère in Harry Hill’s Edinburgh show ‘Pub Internationale’, and created the pub landlord character.
He appeared as Harry Hill’s big brother Alan in The Harry Hill Show. Nominated for the Perrier more often than anyone else and after a wrangle as to whether he was ‘too famous’ to win it, Murray won the Perrier Award with a show based around the Pub Landlord character. This led to stage shows including And A Glass Of White Wine For The Lady, My Gaff, My Rules and Who Dares Wins. He also completed the television series Time, Gentlemen, Please.
Al Murray has made numerous television appearances including Comic Relief in 2009 and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo. He also starred in his own ITV series Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder in 2009.
On 14 January 2015, Murray announced the formation of the Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP) and declared his candidacy, deploying his Pub Landlord persona, for the seat of South Thanet running against UKIP leader Nigel Farage as parliamentary candidate in the 2015 General Election. The results of the election were announced on 8 May 2015, revealing that Murray garnered 318 votes. This number of votes was higher than the average votes received by candidates from, amongst others, the Communist, Socialist and BNP parties.
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