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Kai Humphries

Kai Humphries by Steve Ullathorne

Kai Humphries by Steve Ullathorne

Kai is a happy-go-lucky, supremely funny Geordie comedian and compere. Since bursting through the ranks as a 2009 finalist in comedy’s prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? competition, his infectious enthusiasm and high-octane delivery of genuinely hilarious, surreal and delightfully optimistic material has firmly established him as one of the UKs most in demand and popular stand-ups.

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In April 2010 he recorded a set for Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store alongside some of the biggest names in comedy—barely 18 months after his very first time ever on stage. He made his solo hour-long debut with a four-week run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of his show Kai Humphries—Evolution and subsequently supported Rhod Gilbert and Daniel Sloss on tour. His reputation soared and his gig diary was completely booked up six months ahead, so Kai was able to fulfil his dream to quit his day job and go full-time in comedy at the start of 2011.

2011 began with Kai supporting more Daniel Sloss tour dates, produced by Live Nation who subsequently booked him to support that autumn’s national tour. In June he was given a talent deal by 2 Entertain and Kai’s second solo Edinburgh Fringe show Bare-faced Cheek premièred in August.

The touring relationship with both Daniel Sloss and Live Nation escalated through 2012 and into 2013, with over 120 touring dates and he was invited back onto Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store.

In 2013 Kai made his Australian debut with seasons at both the Melbourne and Sydney International Comedy Festivals. His 3rd solo show at Edinburgh’s Fringe Shameless attracted rave reviews and a lot of media attention over its death-defying (true) ending about how Kai had narrowly escaped serious injury or worse when he was run over by the entire pack of bulls in Pamplona earlier that June.

In 2014 Kai spent two months performing in Australia, making his debut at the Adelaide Festival fringe and returning to the Melbourne Comedy Festival, again attracting great reviews. His new hour-long show Stuff Protocol premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in August for a four-week run, and, in the autumn of 2014, he went back on the road with Daniel Sloss, this time including a three-week tour throughout Europe (performing 20 shows in 15 countries) as well as UK dates ending with two shows at the Elgar Rooms in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

2015 saw Kai and his brother Gavin roll out their North East comedy club Punchdrunk into multiple cities, a community based venture than not only brings the biggest headlining comedians each month to some of the UK’s most deprived areas but which also serves those communities with charity fundraising, special events and outreach.

Kai’s 2015 Edinburgh Fringe smash-hit show How To Be Happy featured the spectacularly filthy 50 Shades of Blythe parody, a beautifully scripted Blyther’s take on the popular novel which proved to be a show-stopper at the Forth radio gala in the 3000-seat Edinburgh Playhouse, with the volume of the audience laughter subsequently being described by a veteran producer as sounding like an explosion had gone off.

He also hosted the renowned improvised stand-up show SET LIST at the Edinburgh Fringe and was part of the massive Daniel Sloss DARK tour, performing for 70+ dates around the UK and across 16 countries in Europe.

In February 2016 Kai and Gavin’s Punchdrunk present the massive Fight for Kian, an event which brought together 20 of the biggest and best comedians from the UK comedy circuit and which was hosted by Rhod Gilbert. A sold-out audience of 800 packed into the biggest local sporting arena to cheer on the professionally staged event (by Millennium Martial Arts) to raise money for pioneering and life saving neuroblastoma treatment urgently needed by a young local boy Kian Musgrove. Treatment which was only available in America and would cost over a half-a-million dollars. The headline fight on the card saw the two brothers pulling on their boxing gloves and fighting in front of their home crowd, against each other. This extraordinary and quite literally life-saving night was later crowned the best comedy event of 2016 at the annual Chortle Awards.

In August 2016 Kai premiered his new show In Full Colour at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as hosting the season of SET LIST before embarking on the massive Daniel Sloss SO? tour around UK and Europe. Kai performed at the Altitude Snowboarding and Comedy Festival in Mayrhofen in Austria as well as Glastonbury and supported Jim Jeffries on several UK and European dates of his Freedumb tour.

In addition to the winning 2016 Chortle Award for Event of the Year, Kai was honoured to receive the 2016 Forth Fringe Award.

2017 saw Kai touring Australian comedy festivals for four months, make a welcome return to Glastonbury to host the Comedy and Cabaret Stage and premiere his new hour-long solo show Punch-Drunk at the Edinburgh fringe before going back on tour with Daniel Sloss around the UK and across 25 European countries.

This extraordinary and life-affirming show told the true story how a life-changing accident in 2013 led Kai and his brother Gavin to create one of the country’s most prestigious comedy chains—”Punch-Drunk Comedy”—and how Punch-Drunk’s regular stand-up events, along with their associated food-bank collections, community outreach programmes, as well as the now infamous and actually life-saving Comedians Boxing charity fundraiser “Fight For Kian”*, brings some of the biggest names in live comedy to working men’s clubs in the North-East of England and has both reignited and rejuvenated a community’s spirit.

The critics raved, the audiences loved it and the show was picked up for a run of dates in London’s prestigious Soho Theatre.

In a packed 2018, Kai premieres his new show Team Smug at the Edinburgh Fringe, tours across 22 European countries and across the UK in the autumn with Daniel Sloss, supported Doug Stanhope on tour, and ties the knot on a Spanish island, the story of his proposal having become an integral and hilarious part of his stand-up set.

Kai is gaining recognition for his writing. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, his entire 18-part blog about his adventures on the first European tour was published and he is currently developing a scripted comedy project. In December 2014 he co-wrote, alongside Daniel Sloss, the six-part internet sitcom M.U.F.F.

Kai is in demand to perform at all the biggest clubs in UK and Ireland, has performed in India, Middle East, throughout Australia as well as 18+ European countries and is now the regular UK host of Set List.

A self-confessed Geordie lad’s lad, Kai is genuinely excited and passionate to share his stories and jokes with his audience and does this in such an engaging and intimate way that it could easily be just a group of mates having a good night out. His disarmingly friendly delivery holds a few surprises—not least his ability to underpin his cheeky banter with an obvious intelligence in his material. Kai’s mind holds a truly unique and vivid imagination, although the occasional “dick joke”—admittedly, well written and extremely funny dick joke—may also make its presence felt. To add to that, his battle-rap skills have become something of an internet hit, he has perfected the art of completing a Rubik’s Cube, on cue, as part of a comedy routine and his “50 Shades of…” stories are already the stuff of legend. He is a natural entertainer.

“Fight For Kian” brought together 20 of the biggest and best comedians from the UK comedy circuit and was hosted by Rhod Gilbert. A sold-out audience of 800 packed the biggest local sporting arena to cheer on the event (under the watchful eye of Millennium Martial Arts) which was staged to raise money for pioneering and life saving neuroblastoma treatment urgently needed by local lad Kian Musgrove, which was only available in America and would cost no less than half a million dollars. The headline fight on the card saw the two brothers pulling on their boxing gloves and fighting in front of their home crowd, against each-other.

(This show was recorded on Kai’s birthday on 2017 and is available to buy on USB direct from the artist—there is a very special moment in the show when Kai opened a very large gift wrapped box—and out sprang… well, lets just say for once he was left totally speechless)

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Press Quotes

✶ WINNER 2016 FORTH FRINGE AWARD
✶ WINNER 2016 CHORTLE AWARD—EVENT OF THE YEAR
✶ 2017 VOICE MAGAZINE WINNER PICK OF THE FRINGE

I did not expect a stand-up comedy to become one of the most inspirational and emotional shows I’d ever seen… something incredible… It’s intensely emotional, incredibly inspirational and wonderfully told, and still littered with Humphries’ brilliant humour … Kai Humphries: Punch-Drunk surprised me in so many wonderful ways, and I cannot sing its praises enough.
 ✶✶✶✶✶ Voice Mag

Phenomenally funny… Humphries has put together a seriously worthwhile hour of comedy. In his set, he manages to combine a truly meaningful message with a fat load of side-splitting jokes. Most importantly, he manages to feel authentic. He’s a fantastic comic who is smart, funny, and crude all at once. His show is not to be missed… Brilliant!
 ✶✶✶✶ Broadway Baby

It’s always an awesome experience when a performer just nails it—this Geordie comedian gets it so right from the very beginning, it’s an amazing experience… massive laughs… a festival highlight.
 ✶✶✶✶✶  Australia Times

Happy, original and surreal… Caustic, rapid-fire wit… An immensely gifted stand-up.
– Skinny

Glows with positive vibes… massively funny… See this show, it’s four stars and five tissues. You may actually feel a little punch drunk when you come out—but you’ll be grinning like a loon.
 ✶✶✶✶  Scotsman

This is a touching, lovely comedy show and also a glowing testament to people doing good things in bad times. Warning, you may just get something in your eye when you see some of the clips onscreen towards the end. If a film producer is not already making a movie version they really ought to get their skates on.
 ✶✶✶✶  Beyond The Joke

A life-affirming true story about boxing, sibling rivalry, brotherly love and how it really is possible to boost community spirit
– Metro

Beautifully heart-warming and uplifting… Do yourself a favour and see this wonderful show.
– Squirrel Comedy

Kai Humphries is a lovely Geordie comic and this set wasn’t just funny; it was like being cuddled for an hour, bathed in his sunny friendliness and impossible likeability that makes his rude humour feel mischievous and thoroughly inoffensive. His humour is unpretentious and charming, and makes you feel like you’re having a hilarious night with your mates in the pub… Humphries makes for some totally childish, good (if not quite clean), cheeky fun.
 ✶✶✶✶ Three Weeks

Boundless energy and good natured banter. He kept the laughs coming thick and fast… Excellent
theatrepeople.com.au, Melbourne Comedy Festival

Enormous fun, warm and positive… This is a wee cracker of a show. Kai Humphries has matured into a charming and grounded performer who has harnessed his energy to deliver a focused, considered and well-structured show, that is also light hearted, invigorating and very funny.
 ✶✶✶✶ Chortle.com, Edinburgh 2013

Geordie Kai Humphries is a very naughty boy… His stories are a hoot, taking us from the streets of Blyth to the alleys of Pamplona… Humphries is a teddy bear in human form. But one with a wicked tongue. He also goes further than any comic I’ve seen to ensure his show has a top ending. Shameless indeed.
Scotsman, Edinburgh 2013

Outrageously Funny… The Spanish say that there is always one English idiot that dies at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona and this year it was almost Humphries. This traumatising yet hilarious experience has given Humphries a new zest for life, making this daredevil’s performance very real and uplifting as well as outrageously funny.
Broadway Baby Edinburgh 2013

Endearing and funny
Edinburgh Evening News

Chatty and easy-going, Humphries is impossible to dislike. The material is definitely witty, and there are moments which are side-splittingly funny.
– Fest

Well crafted and extremely funny writing… A likeable guy with a huge personality… Humphries will be a big star in the future playing spaces far bigger than he is currently, so to catch an emerging superstar early grab the chance while you can.
 ✶✶✶✶ One 4 Review

Humphries had the crowd laughing hard with a loveable accent, silly stories and an exit joke, too rude to print, that had his audience in stitches
– Fife Free Press

Winner Forth Fringe Award 2016 and as seen on tour with Daniel Sloss, Jim Jeffries & Steve O (Jackass)

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