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Writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s Intensive Carey, twice winner of Best International Show at the New Zealand Comedy Festival, and Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show nominee.

Carey is currently performing his new show, Carey Carey Quite Contrary, at the Edinburgh Festival. Taking a lesson from Donald Trump, Carey’s decided to become arrogant, certain and unapologetic. What happens when he’s above reproach? Greatness happens. Yes, everything Carey turns his hand to becomes magically magnificent.

Goodbye integrity and humility. Hello delusion and dishonesty.

His previous twelve solo shows have been described as, ‘Quite brutal, in a darkly comic Quentin Tarantino kind of way’ (Chortle), ‘Comedy of the most cerebral variety’ (Herald), ‘Essential Viewing’ (Fest), ‘Supremely-crafted comedy’ (List), ‘Awkward misfit Marx has a genius for the unexpected and hilarious left turns’ (Guardian), ‘Such a devilish grin, that you can only admire him for being such a magnificent bastard’ (The Scotsman).

In 2012, Carey had a heart attack and wrote a highly acclaimed show, Intensive Carey, about his battle back to health. He quickly became Britain’s top heart attack comedian (apart from in Scotland where there are bound to be loads).

Carey’s early career saw him performing as a world-class sleight of hand magician, illusionist, hypnotist, psychic, medium, and creator of the unusual. He performed at the lavish James Bond parties, for the Rolling Stones at Bill Wyman’s wedding, and private events for royalty. He was even booked to entertain Princess Beatrice at her birthday party when she was two. She cried a lot. Yes, Carey has made a princess cry.

He has performed on a sinking ship, on ice, and as a rabbit. (Those were three different shows. And he wasn’t booked to perform on a sinking ship; it just worked out that way).

After dropping the props, Carey established himself firmly as one of the top stand-up comedians from the British circuit, playing all the most prestigious clubs and festivals. He has performed in every continent and claims to have travelled more in his life than he has stood still.

A circuit veteran, Marx concocts his own blend of dark humour with mischief and glee. His wilful disregard for the controversial and taboo is tempered with his ability to find joy in the most unexpected places. An international multi-award winner, Carey is no stranger to screen or radio with credits ranging from Channel 4’s Gas to BBC One’s The Stand Up Show as well as his own radio show, Intensive Carey (BBC Radio 4) adapted from his wildly successful 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show of the same title in 2015. With such a unique voice it is no surprise that Marx has written for the likes of Newzoids (ITV), The Now Show, (Radio 4), and Nick Doody’s Bigipedia (BBC Radio 4). Join Carey this Fringe at his life-pondering, behaviour-dissecting, twisted, brutal and honest best.

“Anecdotally debauched” Herald ★★★★★

“A comic at his gleeful best” Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★★

“Highly engaging, devilish, menacing and totally mesmerizing” Edinburgh Guide ★★★★★

“Supremely crafted comedy” List ★★★★

“The mocking stance and unremitting march of cold logic will reduce you to howls of laughter” Daily Mail ★★★★

“My undiscovered gem for this year’s Fringe” ScotsGay ★★★★

“Sharp, sweet, cheeky, cynical, romantic and rude as he ever was.” Chortle ★★★★

“Comedy at its best” Fest ★★★★

“Thoughtful, shocking and hilarious” The Skinny ★★★★

“Obscenely funny, hilarious and curiously intelligent” Informed Edinburgh ★★★★

“A truly fantastic comic” London Is Funny ★★★★

“This is a brilliant, deeply personal performance” The Scotsman ★★★★



Hello. I am all of the above, but not necessarily in that order. Although, as you can see, I have worked with Jerry Seinfield. Just sayin'.


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


"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


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


Places I've made people laugh.

Hong Kong, Pakistan, Singapore, China, Thailand, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Austria, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Finland, Croatia, Crete, Cyprus, The French Alps, Ireland and Spain.


Places I didn't.

Germany, Portsmouth, Belfast.


Jav (short for Javier) Jarquin spent the last 5 years working as a professional comedian in New Zealand. After winning the 2007 ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition in Christchurch He played and headlined in some of the biggest clubs in NZ and Melbourne, on television and was a core member of New Zealand’s longest running comedy show: Scared Scriptless. He’s been to the NZ International Comedy Festival 3 times and in 2010 won “Best Show Wellington” and opened for Pauly Shore on his NZ tour.

As well as his award winning stand up, Jav also has a variety act: CARD NINJA. A magic act with a twist, Jav dispenses with the tacky vest and hat and wows audiences with a display of playing cards as weapons. Jav has performed CARD NINJA at the Melbourne Magic Festival, the Christchurch International Buskers Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival playing to sold out shows at the Assembly rooms. He now performs around the UK and mainland Europe. He is based in London.

your host, JOHN MANN

Ex Stortford, now PAKEFIELD resident and Braughing regular returns...

John Mann - comic / writer / presenter / warm up artist



Sharp observation and wry wit mingled effortlessly with a gentle and confident rapport ensure this comic is unfailingly funny. Whether he is discussing the senile antics of senior citizens or giving handy hints to aid successful shoplifting, John's gentle and honest delivery makes him one of the most enjoyable comedians on the circuit today.

John is as at home with an audience of students as he is with a corporate dinner and frequently appears in most of the uk's leading comedy clubs. 

John is a regular and longstanding Jongleurs act (compere and headliner) and has worked all over the world.

He also has a very popular fortnightly column in the Herts and Essex Observer and has monthly residencies at The Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop's Stortford,The Square in Harlow and High Barn in Great Bardfield.


Stand-up comedy tours

Phill Jupitus - tour support

Lenny Henry - tour support



"Complete genius. . . . Brilliant observations" Johnny Vaughan The Big Breakfast

"A fantastic compere . . . the night is his" Steve Lamacq - NME

"The man is quite simply very very funny" Nihal Arthanayake - Radio One

"Distinctly amusing, engaging and talented" Malcolm Hay - Time Out

"One of the funniest people I know" Phill Jupitus


TV credits - Comedy  

The Stand up show                 (BBC1 )                                   Good Stuff                 (ITV)

Comedy Store                         (Channel 5)                             Dosh                            (Channel 4)

The Big Breakfast                   (Channel 4)                             Jongleurs LIVE           (3 Mobile)

Live at Jongleurs                     (ITV/UK Gold)                       The Warehouse           (YTV)

The 11 O'clock show              (Channel 4)                             Dial Midnight             (ITV)


Radio credits - Comedy

Comedy Network                   (Radio 4)                                 Bob Mills Show          (GLR)

Four at the Store                     (Radio 4)                                 Mark Lamarr               (GLR)

Weekending                            (Radio 4)                                 Phill Jupitus                 (GLR)



The Big Breakfast                                                    Harry Enfields Brand Spanking New Show

The Sunday Show                                                     Up late with . . . . Gina Yashere

Up late with . . . . . Mel and Sue                                 Jedi Steady Go . . Phill Jupitus

Run The Risk



Blankety Blank                                                           Dark Ages

The Lily Savage show                                                 Satellite City

Father Ted                                                                Ant and Decs Xmas Special

Clive Anderson's all talk