Stephen Buchanan


BBC New Comedy Award

Stephen Buchanan is one of the most promising comedians to emerge from Scotland in recent years. He has appeared on Comedy Central Live (CC) Scot Squad (BBC1), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC), Queen Of The New Year (BBC Scotland), Breaking The News (BBC Radio Scotland), You’re Part of the Problem (BBC R4), DIY Pundit (BT Sport), and is a regular face on Sparks (Channel 4). His series Cooking in a Crisis (BBC Scotland) was a highlight of the lockdown, as well as his sketches on Tiktok and Instagram which have over a million likes.

Stephen’s 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Show, ‘Charicature’, sold out the entire run including additional shows and received **** from Broadway World and Entertainment Now. The special was filmed at the Glasgow Stand and can be watched on youtube

Stephen has a BBC short commissioned ‘Cable Tied’ which will come out later in the year, he has also had a C4 Playground Commissioned, also due out this year.

He can be heard weekly on BBC Radio Scotland’s Noising Up, which he writes and performs in. His BBC Radio 4 stand up special Talking Shop was released in March 2021 and chosen as the comedy of the week. You can listen to it here. Stephen is also the co-host of hit podcast ‘Some Laugh’ with fellow comics Marc Jennings & Stuart McPherson which has a loyal following leading to sold out live shows, including a sold out show at the London Podcast Festival.

In 2018 he was crowned the first ever Scottish winner of the BBC New Comedy Award, and also won the Scottish Comedian of the Year award. He made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2019 with the critically acclaimed Baby Dove which was a total sell out show with extra dates added.

Buchanan is also establishing himself as a promising writer with credits from BBC Radio Scotland’s topical panel show Breaking the News and BBC Scotland’s online sketch series Short Stuff. He is developing scripts with the BBC and C4 and has appeared on BBC Scotland’s The Comedy Underground and Bad Influencer.

Stephen is a brilliant actor and his character comedy sketches amasses multiple millions online.

  • Winner laurelBBC New Comedy Award  2018
  • Winner laurelScottish Comedian of the Year  2018
  • "Skilful, personal and pitch perfect stand-up" The Wee Review
  • "Promising young comedian" The Skinny
  • "His material was tight and assuredly delivered" The Scotsman
  • Stephen's performance was great, hilarious and has been raved about since Friday night. He was extremely professional and delivered an incredible performance. IOIC Awards
  • It was a pleasure to work with Stephen - they were absolutely brilliant and made such an effort with our guests, even joining the dinner on the top table. Stephen seemed to be a real hit with the audience so we were delighted they were part of the event! Jean Mclay, SpeakOut Celebrities & Presenters Ltd

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