MARKUS BIRDMAN ("Uniquely talented": Evening Standard. "Completely spell-binding": Chortle)


'Birdman is the all-round package; witty, controversial, hip, topical, silly. A master of timing and physical comedy, he made me laugh so hard it hurt" BBC

With over 18 years experience, Markus (comedian, columnist, dad, daydreamer & doodler) is one of stand-up’s most well respected and well travelled British comedians, much in demand in the UK and all over the world. A highlight of his stand-up career was being on the same bill as Jerry Seinfeld.

"Mostly I am a stand-up, telling jokes, stories, anecdotes and down right lies, across the globe."

Also he leads comedy courses and workshops - including stand-up for beginners and 'improvers', and compering - for Amused Moose Comedy ( having worked on the Lancaster University Performing Arts Degree Course and being a qualified FE teacher.

Amused Moose Comedy Award Nominee: Best Show, Edinburgh Fringe 2015
NZ Comedy Guild Award Nominee: Best International Artist 2014
Time Out London: Top Ten Comedians 2013
Netflix Special: Live from Amsterdam.

"Probably the most absorbing show I’ve seen. Completely spell-binding." Chortle

"Uniquely talented, demonstrates just how it's done." The Evening Standard

"Wonderful, extremely versatile." The Scotsman

UK Gigs

Markus regularly performs at Soho Theatre, The Comedy Store, The Cutting Edge, The O2, Jongleurs, Off the Kerb, Avalon, Last Laugh, The Stand, Laughterhouse, Hot Water, Up the Creek, Just the Tonic, Underbelly and many others.


Markus has performed extensively around the English-speaking world, in
Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Austria, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Switzerland, Ibiza, Ireland and Spain.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival - solo shows

Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea (2017)
Grimm Realities (2015)
2B or Not to Be (2014)
Happily Ever After (2013)

Love, Life & Death (2012)
Dreaming (2011)
Sympathy for the Devil (2008)

Son of a Preacher Man (2007)
One Step Beyond (2004)

Comedy Zone (2002)
Imperfect (2002)

International Festivals

  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival: Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea (2017)
  • Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth Fringe World, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Grimm Realities (2017, 2016, 2015)
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Faustus (2016)
  • New Zealand Comedy Festival: Happily Ever After (2014) and Love, Life & Death (2013)
  • Sydney Comedy Festival: Best of British (2012)
  • Adelaide Festival: Love, Hate, Life, Death (2012) and Dreaming (2012)
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Imperfect (2003)


The Convoy: New Zealand (2014)
Best of British: New Zealand (2013)
Paul Sinha and Markus Birdman – On the Road (2009)
Avalon Network including supporting Noel Fielding (2001-2003)


Channel 4/NRK(Norway): Unge Lovende (2017)
NETFLIX: Live at Toomler Amsterdam
TV1(New Zealand): Best Bits (2015) and Good Morning (2013/14)
TV3(New Zealand): The Comedy Gala (2013)
Channel 4: 4thought (2012)
Loaded TV: Jongleurs Live (2012)
Kanal5(Sweden): Raw Comedy Club (2009)
BBC3: How Not to Live Your Life (2008)
Comedy Central: World Stands Up (2008)
Vara (The Netherlands): Comedytrain International (2007)
BBC1: Heaven & Earth (2007)
BBC3: Most Annoying Songs We Hate to Love (2007)
Comedy Central: Live at the Comedy Store (2005)
BBC3: BBC New Comedy Awards (2001)


BBC Radio Essex: regular contributor (2007-18)
BBC Radio 4: Son of a Preacher Man
BBC Radio 4: 28 Acts in 28 Minutes
BBC Radio 4: Loose Ends     
BBC Radio 5 Live: Gaby Logan Show       
BBC Radio 5 Live: Stephen Nolan Show
BBC World Service         
BBC Radio Scotland: Fred MacAulay Show
BBC Radio Wales: Jest a Minute
Talksport: Hawksbee & Jacobs

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