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Alex Brooker

Alex Brooker is an English journalist, presenter and comedian best known for co-hosting The Last Leg alongside Josh Widdicombe and Adam Hills, a late-night weekly socio-political discussion show on Channel 4 originally conceived to follow the 2012 Summer Paralympics, but which now covers the major topical affairs from the rolling news cycle.

Biography

Alex Brooker was educated at the Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford, Kent, before graduating from Liverpool John Moores University in 2006. After his studies he began work as a sports writer for the Liverpool Echo, sparking a career in journalism that continues to this day with the Press Association.

In 2012 Brooker entered Channel 4's reality tv show Half A Million Quid Talent Search, which was created with the main purpose of discovering disabled talent for the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games and beyond. During the opening ceremony of this international tournament, Brooker had the opportunity to interview politicians such as Boris Johnson and Adam Hills, and featured on The Last Leg Of The Year, an end-of-year special on Channel 4 that celebrated the success of the games in making Paralympic sport part of the national - and global - conversation.

Brooker is best known as co-host of The Last Leg (known during its debut series as The Last Leg With Adam hills) on Channel 4 since 2013. This is a late-night talk show hosted by Adam Hills that offers an overview of the day's events. Although it began with a particular focus on the Summer Paralympics (regularly pulling in audiences of over one million viewers each night), featuring analysis of the day's sporting achievements and guest interviews, it has since morphed into its own unique political talk-show, broadcast each week on Friday nights, and has now been running for several series. Hills has described it as "Three guys with four legs talking about the week", a reference to the fact that Hills was born without a right foot, and Alex's right leg was amputated as a baby.

In 2015, after the Liberal Democrats had entered a coalition with the Conservatives following a hung parliament, Brooker interviewed the former's leader, Nick Clegg, on the programme, employing a huge red 'Bullshit Button' that he would press whenever the politician said something that smacked of disingenuous spin, or which Brooker considered inaccurate. Another recurring aspect of the show is the hashtag #isitok, used by Hills to ask whether certain behaviour is, or is not, acceptable in modern society - all with a sardonic, satirical twist.

In 2012 Brooker participated in The Million Pound Drop Live alongside his future co-host on The Last Leg, Josh Widdicombe. The pair won the episode, winning £25,000 each for Hull's Echoes foundation, which helps children with special needs in East Yorkshire, and for Joseph's Goal, which aims to raise awareness of NKH (Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia).

Born with hand and leg deformities, and forced to wear a prosthetic leg after his twisted right leg was amputated when he was a baby, Brooker frequently discusses his own disability in his comedy. Moreover, in 2013 he hosted a one-off documentary on Channel 4 focusing on body image, and in 2014 he became the face of a campaign entitled "End The Awkward" by disability charity Scope, which aimed to normalise disability in the public sphere by breaking the existing taboos around the subject. This involved three separate advertisements in which Brooker would guide able-bodied people through the most appropriate way to respond to potentially unsettling or 'difficult' situations in real life.

Alongside his work on The Last Leg, Brooker has also featured on British comedy shows including 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Climaxed, and Room 101, as well as appearing as himself on Channel 4's Very British Problems.

An avid fan of Arsenal F.C., he regularly appears on the "Footballistically Arsenal" podcast to wax lyrical about the beautiful game. What is more, in 2018 Brooker joined the Leeds Rhinos' Foundation PDRL (Physical Disability Rugby League) team.

Gender
Male
Nationality
England
Born
Tuesday 15th May 1984 (35 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2019 Richard Osman's World Cup Of The Decade Brand New Self
2019 The Last Leg - Series 18 Regular Panellist
2019 The Last Leg - Series 17 Regular Panellist
2019 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 21
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2019 The Last Leg - Series 16 Regular Panellist
2018 The Last Leg - Series 15 Regular Panellist
2018 Alex Brooker's Comedy Short Alex
2018 Alex Brooker's Comedy Short Writer
2018 Roast Battle - Series 2
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Self
2018 The Last Leg - Series 14 Regular Panellist
2018 Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule - Series 2
  1. Special - Unseen
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2018 Climaxed - Series 2
  1. E6 - Quickie Sex
  2. E4 - Calum and Nia
Calum
2018 The Last Leg - Series 13 Regular Panellist
2018 Roast Battle - Series 1
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Self
2018 Room 101 - Series 7
  1. Special - Bonus Bellyaches
  2. E2 - Alex Brooker, Jeremy Paxman, Sally Phillips
Guest
2017 Josh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now... Live Announcer
2017 The Last Leg - Series 12 Regular Panellist
2017 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 20
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2017 The Last Leg: Correspondents Announcer
2017 The Last Leg - Series 11 Regular Panellist
2017 The Last Leg - Series 10 Regular Panellist
2017 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 19
  1. Special - More Best Bits
  2. Special - Best Bits
  3. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2016 The Last Leg - Series 9 Regular Panellist
2016 John Bishop In Conversation With... - Series 1
  1. E4 - Alex Brooker
Guest
2016 The Last Leg - The Last Leg: Live From Rio Regular Panellist
2016 My Worst Job
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E1 - Episode One
Self
2016 The Last Leg - Series 8 Regular Panellist
2016 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2016
Guest
2016 Very British Problems - Series 2 Self
2016 Duck Quacks Don't Echo - Series 4
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2016 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 8
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2016 Virtually Famous - Series 3
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
  2. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2016 The Last Leg - Series 7 Regular Panellist
2016 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 10
  1. E5 - Jo Brand, Freddie Flintoff, Adam Hills, Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe, Jason Derulo
Guest
2016 Would I Lie To You? - Series 9
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
Guest
2015 Very British Problems - Very British Problems At Christmas Self
2015 Fighting Talk - Series 13 Guest
2015 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 6
  1. E16 - Episode Sixteen
Self
2015 Very British Problems - Series 1 Self
2015 The Last Leg - Series 6 Regular Panellist
2015 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2015
Self
2015 Off Their Rockers - Blue Badge Specials
  1. E2 - Blue Badge Special 2
  2. E1 - Blue Badge Special 1
Writer (Additional Material)
2015 A League Of Their Own - Series 9
  1. Special - Unseen - Vol 2
  2. Special - Unseen - Vol 1
  3. Special - Best Of - Vol 1
  4. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2015 Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Series 14
  1. E7 - Noel Gallagher, Last Leg hosts, No Offence cast
Guest
2015 Play To The Whistle - Series 1
  1. Special - Extra Time
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2015 The Last Leg - General Election Specials Regular Panellist
2015 The Football's On - Series 2
  1. E36 - Episode Thirty Six
Guest
2015 Virtually Famous - Series 2
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2015 Reality Bites
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2015 The Last Leg - Series 5 Regular Panellist
2015 The Last Leg - Last Leg Of The Year 2015 Regular Panellist
2014 The British Comedy Awards
  1. E3 - British Comedy Awards: Even More Awards
Host / Presenter
2014 The British Comedy Awards
  1. E3 - British Comedy Awards: Even More Awards
Writer
2014 The British Comedy Awards
  1. E2 - British Comedy Awards 2014
  2. E1 - Nominations Show 2014
Self
2014 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 18
  1. Special - Best Bits
  2. Special - Jimmy, Sean & Jon's Best Bits
  3. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2014 Sweat The Small Stuff - Series 4
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2014 Celebrity Squares - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2014 Never Mind The Buzzcocks - Series 28
  1. Special - The Series That Changed The World
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2014 Celebrity Juice - Series 12
  1. Special - Bestest Bits 2014
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2014 Fighting Talk - Series 12 Guest
2014 Virtually Famous - Series 1
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2014 The Last Leg - Series 4 Regular Panellist
2014 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 17
  1. Special - Best Bits
  2. E9 - Episode Nine
Guest
2014 Celebrity Juice - Series 11
  1. Special - Special Special
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2014 The Last Leg - Series 3 Regular Panellist
2014 The Last Leg - Series 3
  1. E1 - Episode One
Self
2014 Fake Reaction - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2013 Twit Of The Year Self
2013 The British Comedy Awards
  1. E1 - British Comedy Awards Nomination Show 2013
Self
2013 Never Mind The Buzzcocks - Series 27
  1. Special - Buzzcocks: The Hunt For The Missing Episode - A Documentary With Krishnan Guru-Murthy
  2. E9 - Episode Nine
Guest
2013 Fighting Talk - Series 11 Guest
2013 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 16
  1. Special - Best Bits
  2. E6 - Episode Six
  3. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2013 The Last Leg - Series 2 Regular Panellist
2013 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2013
Guest
2013 The Last Leg - Series 1 Regular Panellist
2012 The Last Leg - Last Leg Of The Year 2012 Regular Panellist
1988 Comic Relief
  1. E17 - Comic Relief 2019
Self

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Alex Brooker on IMDb

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