Ian Ashpitel

  • Actor and comedian

Press clippings

Christmas Carole review

Of the many, many, many versions of Charles Dickens's classic tale produced each year, Sky's retelling adds an intriguing twist or two - but can't help but feel like a plodding adaptation.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 24th December 2022

Christmas Carole review

Suranne Jones is pitch perfect in this instant festive classic.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 24th December 2022

Christmas Carole review

Modern-day Scrooge is as flimsy as a party-hat cracker.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 24th December 2022

Morecambe & Wise join Sky Christmas comedy with Jo Brand & Nish Kumar

Christmas Carole, Sky Comedy's reimagining of Charles Dickens' festive story, starring Suranne Jones, features Jo Brand, Nish Kumar and Morecambe and Wise, as portrayed by Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel.

British Comedy Guide, 16th November 2022

Eric & Ern - York Theatre Royal review

Unlike The Play What I Wrote, which spools around the story of a different pair of comedians and foregrounds the costume "drama" and the guest star, Eric & Ern is simply and purely a brilliant re-creation of much familiar material.

Ron Simpson, The Reviews Hub, 3rd February 2022

Eric and Ern at Christmas - The Lowry, Salford

No one will ever repeat the magic of Morecambe and Wise. Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, however, give us an enjoyable tribute and come pretty close.

Peter Ruddick, The Reviews Hub, 7th December 2021

Review: Eric and Ern. Duke Of York's Theatre, London

Other than minor quibbles, this is joyous nostalgia, recreated by two performers at the top of their comedy game, in which the jokes start thick and fast, and then get faster and thicker!

Paul T Davies, BritishTheatre.com, 3rd February 2020

Interview: Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel

A fresh festive fix of Eric & Ern: Missing those Christmas specials? Then an uncannily accurate homage to the comedy legends and their best-loved gags is for you.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 6th December 2019

Review: An Evening of Eric & Ern

Jonty Stephens (Eric) and Ian Ashpitel (Ern) have the classic duo down to a tee: the twitching glasses, gestures, intonations inflections, comic timing, stage presence, paper bag and their contempt for Des O'Connor.

Jo Turbitt, Across The Arts, 2nd May 2019

Becoming Eric and Ernie in the play wot we wrote

When Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel ask the audience: "What do you think of it so far?", thankfully the response is not: "Rubbish!"

Murray Scougall, The Sunday Post, 6th March 2019

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