Comedian, Writer, and Comedy Workshops Host
A.J MARRIOT Comedian - The First Twenty Years
“A very funny man” is the phrase most-used to describe “A.J” Marriot. This tall, thin, Lancashire comedian walks, talks, looks, and thinks funny, both off-stage and on, and is one of the cleverest and cleanest acts around.
He started his apprenticeship in Comedy with two seasons as a Butlins Redcoat, before turning full-time professional in 1975. For three years he toured the North West, North East, Scotland, South Wales, and the Midlands; then spent eleven years based in Essex, working London and the whole of the South, before returning to his native Lancashire in 1989.
Included in this are ten Summer Seasons in Residency on Holiday Parks, during which A.J. developed a vast repertoire of comedy material. Class and polish were given to his act while cruising in American waters; and during stays in Jersey, Canada, Corfu, and Lanzarote. More depth and knowledge was added while on tour with Gary Wilmot, the Nolans, and Lenny Henry.
SUPPORT ARTISTE to the following:
MICHAEL BARRYMORE; LENNY
HENRY (tour); BRIAN CONLEY; JIM DAVIDSON; GARY WILMOT (tour);
THEATRES: Beck Theatre, HAYES; Derngate, NORTHAMPTON; Royal Spa, LEAMINGTON SPA; Gaiety, BARRY ISLAND (3 times); White Rock Theatre, HASTINGS; Congress Theatre, EASTBOURNE; Gaiety Theatre, SKEGNESS (38 times); Embassy Theatre, SKEGNESS; Spa Pavilion, FELIXSTOWE; Princes Theatre, TORQUAY (4 times); Gordon Craig Theatre, STEVENAGE; Granville Theatre, RAMSGATE; London Hippodrome, LONDON; Lowther, LYTHAM St. ANNES; Guildhall, GRANTHAM, Hippodrome, TODMORDEN; Royal, HANLEY; Scala, LONDON; Lido, BOLTON; M.A.C., Birmingham.
CABARET CLUBS: Talk
of East Anglia, NORWICH; Norwood Rooms, NORWICH; Tito’s, RHYL; Blazers,
WHAT THEY SAID:
... a cracking comedy routine, good timing and excellent stage presence”.
(West Lancashire Evening Gazette)
“He’s good, he’s clean, and it’s time he was discovered”.
(Robin Duke – The Stage)
In June 2009, after totally reinventing himself and writing a completely new act, A.J launched himself on the circuit of London Alternative Comedy Venues. To date he has worked 'The Lion's Den' (twice); 'Pear-Shaped in Fitzrovia' (twice); 'Party Piece;' 'The Rye Wit,' and 'Downstairs at the King's Head.' Although he is one of the oldest comedians on that circuit, he has been very well received on each occasion, and can't wait to do more.
"A.J" has hosted seventeen 3-day Comedy Workshops, at which he written for, and advised, over one-hundred aspiring comedians.
In 1987 A.J Marriot began writing Comedy for Television, and has credits for: Cue Gary (Wilmot); Five Alive; Live from the Palladium; Live from Her Majestys; 3-2-1; Summertime Special; The Russ Abbot Show; and 3 series of The Brian Conley Show.
His own Television appearances include
Countdown; Calendar News, and Collectors
LAUREL and HARDY PRESENTER-SPEAKER
'A.J' is a recognised authority on the lives and careers of Laurel and Hardy, and his lectures have been the highlight of many Literary-Luncheons, Film Festivals, theatre shows, and fan club Conventions all over the UK, and in Europe. His audio and visual lecture/presentations can be tailored to last from one to two hours, and are always punctuated by witty ad-libbing, observations, and inter-action with his audience. What most people find remarkable is that he uses no notes - but catch him out if you can!