Markus Birdman
Markus Birdman

Markus Birdman

  • Writer and stand-up comedian

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Comedy night in aid of cancer research

MC John Mann hosts a night of comedy in aid of Cancer Research brought to you by the City of London Friends of CRUK ( The bill boasts Arthur Smith, Mary Bourke, Markus Birdman, Charmian Hughes, Troy Hawke, Phil Nichol, Steve Hall and Dan Antopolski.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 12th May 2022

Markus Birdman talks about his health issues

Stand-up Markus Birdman has spoken about how comedy helped him deal with the effects of suffering two strokes.

Chortle, 13th January 2022

The stand-up who's combining comedy with stop frame animation

Influenced by graffiti and text art, Markus Birdman has found a unique way of combining art school aesthetics with comedy. He first dabbled in music and performance poetry before finding a way of combining his humour with illustration.

Evening Standard, 16th November 2021

Comedians tell us why we need to save live comedy

Five quid tickets, a back room in a pub and a lone microphone stand are the formula for some of the best nights. But now, with venues still closed, the future prospects of live comedy are looking bleak.

Zoe Paskett, Evening Standard, 22nd July 2020

Balham Comedy Festival announces 2019 Line-Up

The annual Balham Comedy Festival has announced the first raft of guests for the festival which runs from 5 - 13 July at The Bedford in south London.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th May 2019

Video: Markus Birdman talks about his stroke

Markus Birdman had a stroke at 40, and talks about the experience in his stand-up routine.

BBC, 26th May 2019

Markus Birdman talks about his stroke in his comedy

When comedian Markus Birdman woke up unable to see properly, he initially thought he had a hangover. But it turned out he had had a minor stroke, at the age of 40. His experience became the basis of an Edinburgh festival stand-up routine and he now works raising awareness about the effects of strokes. Recent research by the Stroke Association suggests a quarter of British people don't know that strokes occur in the brain. Four out of five stroke survivors surveyed said the people around them did not understand the impact of one.

Alex Stanger, BBC, 19th May 2019

Comedians say faces used in Canada artwork are theirs

UK comedians say it is no joke that their faces, initially featured in an Edinburgh Festival brochure, are being used in an art installation in Canada.

Emma Harrison, BBC, 29th November 2017

What do you think of critics?

Now it's Edinburgh Fringe comedians turn to dole out their opinions.

Chortle, 20th August 2017

Interview with Markus Birdman

Markus Birdman takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Tom Inniss, Voice Magazine, 12th August 2017

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