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John Maloney

John Moloney is an award-winning British stand up comedian widely regarded as one of the best long serving stalwarts in the UK comedy industry admired by fellow comics and audiences alike.

He’s appeared at venues all around the world from Melbourne to Edinburgh; from the incredible Canadian Just For Laughs and Halifax Festivals, to The Liffey Laughs in Dublin.

So he’s in demand all over the globe and so we’re excited to be welcoming him in your town soon!

Perhaps best known for his performances on BBC’s The Stand Up Show and the most recent series of Grumpy Old Men. He was included in Channel 4’s One Hundred Greatest Stand Ups in 2006 “One of the UK’s most experienced stand ups, John Moloney epitomises dry, dispassionate delivery and is a master of the droll one liner. John Moloney has also worked with comedian Bill Bailey. John’s first encounters with performance was as a musician on the Red Wedge tour during the 1980s. As a member of a large Irish family in London John learned the accordion from an early age and his first act on the comedy circuit was as the ‘angry young accordionist’.

Awards and accolades 

  • Winner of the Best Live Performer award for two years running at the London Comedy Festival,
  • John was also delighted to be nominated as ‘Best Live Stand-Up’ Nominee at the British Comedy Awards
  • WINNER in the Category “Outstanding Contribution to UK Comedy”
  • BBC Pick of the Year for his Radio 4 Show ” The John Moloney Show “

Not just funny John also has a big heart and hosts an annual fundraiser for ADCAF (www.adcaf.org) a charity that works with abandoned and destitute children in India.

As well as being a comedian and musician John, is a qualified teacher and taught French and German at a London school and still uses his linguistic skills in his career and has gigged in Hamburg and Berlin in German.


“It is good to know there is still room for a stand-up comedian as gifted and unpretentious as John Moloney”  The Times

“One of the best things about watching live comedy is seeing a comedian get his second wind of inspiration. Sometimes an established comic suddenly finds something extra, and one of these comics is John Moloney. He’s been a headliner at top clubs like the Comedy Store for years – yet his comedy has acquired more depth, as well as an even sharper edge.” The Guardian

“He shows a depth of experience and a quiet professionalism that other comedians could well learn from” The Independent

“An excellently-paced stand-up and musical whimsy – go and see this hilarious and quite unique exponent of comedy.” The Scotsman

“A wondrous array of Moloney originals. Masterly.” THE HERALD

“Moloney’s comedy is in defiance of the trend towards sophistication. His technology consists of a microphone and….that’s it. His gags are stripped down and rapid, his delivery is suitably clipped. No fat on this show.” THE SUNDAY TIMES

“He looks every bit the professional. He is. He treats the audience with compassion, tact and intelligence in a show that has strolling one-liners and relative stories. A natural rapport.” THE STAGE

“Good old fashioned stand up. He is acutely funny at his deadpan and beautifully bitchy best.” THE LIST 

“A powerfully funny act.” TIME OUT

“Has stacks of material…what used to be known as rapier wit.” Evening News

“The Master of Delicious One Liners.” NZ Herald

“A triumph of Quality over Hype.” The Sydney Herald


November 2021

Portsmouth Guildhall Comedy Club 19/11/21

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Portsmouth Guildhall LOL 19/11/21
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