Be ready for pretty much anything when Jason Cook takes to the stage!
Behind his cheerful Geordie exterior lurks a dark, sharp comedic mind. Jason has a way of presenting true-to-life stories that drag you in and won’t let go, close to the edge but always intriguing and blessed with the sort of charm that’ll have you laughing in spite of yourself.
Jason was bitten by the comedic bug as part of the renowned Newcastle-based sketch troupe Soup. He then went on to make a name for himself around the Tyneside area, most notably as a regular compère at The Hyena Club.
There is no better place to hone comedic talent than in front of 300 baying punters, many of whom look capable of eating their own young!
In 2007 Jason took his first solo stand up show to the Edinburgh Fringe, selling out for the bulk of the run and earning five-star reviews. He then embarked on a sell-out world tour and scooped the coveted “Best International Show” award at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival – previously won by Eddie Izzard and Stephen K Amos.
Jason returned to the Fringe in 2008 with “JOY”, earning more five-star reviews and selling out to the point that extra shows were added to cope with demand. Following this the world tour of “JOY” sold out the New Zealand Comedy Festival, with extra shows also added.
“Jason Cook’s latest show is a wonderfully life-affirming, beautifully crafted, total and utter joy. My jaw aches from laughing.” – 5 stars. Time Out, London.
2009 saw Jason return to Edinburgh again with “FEAR”. The five-star reviews rolled in once more, and he was off around the world to some of the most prestigious comedy festivals on the planet. In 2010 he followed up with “The End – Part 1”, to yet more critical acclaim and another world tour.
In 2012 Jason’s sitcom “Hebburn” was commissioned by the BBC for a full series on BBC 2. Vic Reeves, Gina McKee, Chris Ramsey and Fresh Meat’s Kimberley Nixon joined the cast in a story based on Jason’s own life and upbringing in the South Tyneside town of Hebburn.
Hebburn earned him a Royal Television Society Award, the Journal Culture Award for “Best Writer”, and a National Television Award nomination.
Jason and The Geordie Rat Pack
More recently, Jason has performed as part of The Geordie Rat Pack alongside Newcastle’s “King of Swing” Glen Roughead, Metro Radio Night Owls sometime-host and Hebburn’s “Big Keith” Steffen Peddie, and the love machine that was Hebburn’s “Gervaise” – Neil Grainger. Together they bring their mixture of songs, comedy and chaos to the stage, backed by a full band.
While presenting Metro Radio’s night-time talk show Night Owls in 2015, covering for long-standing presenter Alan Robson, Jason discovered from the station children’s charity Cash for Kids that 40,000 children across the North East were classed as living in poverty, and could wake up to nothing on Christmas morning.
After pledging his support to help make a difference, Jason contacted his many comedy friends and arranged to put on a Christmas gig where the only cost of entry was a toy for a disadvantaged local child. Laffs4Kids was born – read more here.
More from Jason
Jason’s style of being completely honest about everything in his shows has endeared him to the public, earning him an army of fans and invites to perform across the globe. His ability to lift an audience and carry them on his journeys is unparalleled, and has seen him rise to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the cream of international comedy.