Darren Harriott

First Black British stand-up nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award

Double Edinburgh Award nominee Darren Harriott’s TV includes, co-host of British as Folk, host of Live at the Apollo and Dog Ate My Homework, team captain on Guessable and series regular on Don’t Hate the Playaz.

Other TV includes The Last Leg, Love Island: Aftersun, Apocalypse WOW, Celebrity Karaoke Club, BBC Funny Festival Live, Question Team, Undeniable, As Yet Untitled, Ghost Bus Tours, Hey TraceyComedy Games Night8 Out of 10 CatsThe Apprentice You’re FiredGreat British Bake Off Extra SliceCatchpoint for Sport ReliefUniversity Challenge for Comic ReliefCelebAbilityStand Up and SketchUltimate WorrierCelebrity MastermindCelebrity PointlessDave Gorman’s Terms and Conditions ApplyDave’s Comedian’s Against Living Miserably, Comedy Central Stand Up Special, Roast Battle, Mock the WeekComedy Central at the Comedy StoreHypothetical, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and The Comedy Bus.

On radio Darren has had two BBC Radio 4 series Black Label, which covered his time as a teenager in gangs, and the second series Red Label came out over the summer. He has hosted Newsjack Unplugged and the Radio 4 Summer Festival. Other radio appearances includes The News Quiz, The Now Show, Fighting Talk and Best of the Fest. Podcasts include Evil Genius, Dave’s CALM Podcast, Griefcast, Susan Calman’s Mrs Brightside, Daddy Look at Me, Wheel of Misfortune and When No One’s Watching.

Originally from Birmingham, and now living in London, before getting into comedy he was a security guard for over five years. His debut Edinburgh show Defiant transferred to The Melbourne Festival and The Soho Theatre, he toured the UK in 2018 with Visceral, and in 2019/20 with Good Heart Yute.

Darren is a self confessed fitness junkie who is regularly in the gym, he loves fashion, and Kanye West (his chosen specialist subject in Celebrity Mastermind). He is a keen sports fan with an encyclopedic knowledge of Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts plus a love of the Worlds Strongest Man competitions.

On Instagram he regularly adds funny videos on topics ranging from Disney movies, to breakfast cereals, and Australia’s Married at First Sight.

The First Black British stand-up to be nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award

“This very funny Brummie makes joke telling look simple"

The Times

"Expect to see much more of him soon.”


“Passionate, articulate, witty and bursting with streetwise confidence”

Evening Standard

“Funny emotional hour of excellent storytelling”

The List

“Harriott will be the first black British comedian to play arenas"

The Sunday Times

“At The top of his game”

Short Com
Edfest Mag
  • Nominee: Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Comedy Show  2019
  • Nominee: Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer  2017
  • Guardian Recommended Show  2017

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