Phil Buckley's Big Idea


About The Show

Have you ever had an earth shatteringly good idea? Phil Buckley hasn’t. He may be a multi award nominated comedian but he is still an idiot.

Last year by chance Phil met Jack Andraka, a teenage boy who may have changed the world. At the age of just 15 Jack has done what scientists with millions of dollars-worth of research at their disposal have failed to do. He invented a dipstick-type sensor to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer. Phil is thirty four and has never had a remotely good idea in his life.

Phil has decided to turn his life around and make his mark on the world. Looking into what is needed to be a truly great idea, Phil will look for the next great idea and share it with the world. Listen as Phil Buckley tries to turn himself from an idiot to a genius by unorthodox methods.

Filled with hilarious observations, anecdotes and unashamed jokes, this show may teach you a thing or two, but probably won’t.

***** "Elevating the silly and ridiculous to brilliant comic art" The Skinny

**** "Downright hilarious. Interspersed with some savvy observations" Three Weeks

"Top-class" Time Out (Sydney)

"A genuinely funny comic" Patrick Monahan

"A wonderful idiot who makes me laugh" The Boy With Tape On His Face

More info about me

I started his comedy career whilst studying performing arts at the University of Salford. Given the chance to try stand-up, I took nervously to the stage in front of two hundred and fifty drunken students and hasn’t looked back since.

Being able to adapt to different kinds of audiences, I’ve performed at the wildest of late shows to clean family comedy shows filled with children. I’ve performed at theatres, comedy clubs, festivals, conferences, award nights, bars, restaurants, boats, tents, on TV,

live on radio and was even the first person ever to do a stand-up show on a Cambridge river punt. I like to us a combination of stories, one-liners and the odd prop based joke, so I have something to win over any audience.

My television work includes being a puppeteer on ‘The Mailcoach Mice – The Woodland soap’ and several credits for performing my stand-up act including ‘Stand-Up Jenny’ (ITV), ‘Glee Time (ITV), ‘City Life’ (Channel M) and have been interviewed about my shows on ‘Look North’ (BBC1) and ‘Breakfast show’ (Channel M). I was one of the original team captains on Channel M’s quiz show ‘The Basement’ and have made appearances on stage with comedy sketch team ‘Slaughter House Live’ and Korean martial arts show ‘Jump’.

In 2007 I performed my first solo show ‘Stroke The Panda’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. My show’s have proven very popular and have lead to me touring with ‘Stroke The Panda’, ‘Laughable’, ‘Stupid World Tour’, Jokes Not Included’, Simple Things’ & am hitting road again with my ‘Big Idea’

‘Jokes Not Included’ was nominated for best comedy show at the Buxton Festival Fringe and I’ve been a finalist in ‘City Life Comedian of the Year’ & The Frog & Bucket’s ‘Beat the Frog World Series’.

In 2010 I joined Fellow comics Billy Kirkwood and Rick Molland for ‘The Pointless Comedy Debate Show’, an hour long show of improvised stand-up lead by audience suggestions.

I was honoured to be invited to perform at the 2012 Manchester Theatre Awards, following in the footsteps of pervious acts including the likes of Peter Kay, Jason Manford, Dave Spikey, Julian Clary, Jenny Eclair, and Justin Moorhouse.

I’ve been lucky enough to do shows not only in the UK but also in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. I’ve provided tour support in the UK for American comic Pablo Francisco, Stephen K Amos and was a guest for one of Reginald D Hunter shows. I was one of the support acts for ‘The Boy With Tape On His Face’ on his spring tour in 2012. The Boy liked me so much that I ended up performing at 22 of the 35 dates and have been his support act since.

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