“Confidence personified. Really Funny. A name for the future.” Edinburgh Review
Comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Cole Parker exploded onto the comedy circuit in 2000, to great critical acclaim. In the same year he was in the Hackney Empire New Act competition final alongside Russell Brand. Cole now regularly plays the premier comedy clubs throughout the UK & overseas and has earned an enviable reputation as a professional, highly original, first-rate comic and compere. His intelligent – occasionally dark material, is delivered with generous spoonfuls of charm and he can relate to any audience.
On television Cole recently presented 15 episodes of ‘The Ultimate Gambler’ for Bravo Television, which sold to 24 countries worldwide. On SKY SPORTS he was recently the face of International Cricket and he appears regularly on television
On radio Cole has co-presented a music show with Craig Charles for BBC Radio 6 and appeared as a guest on XFM, BBC London, LBC and several BBC broadcasts. He also performed stand-up on BBC 7’s ‘Spanking New’.
A knowledgeable and passionate music fan, Cole has hosted ‘Jersey LIVE!’ for four years since its inception in 2003 – performing alongside the cream of the British and international A -list music industry. Having a massive bank of material and being able to relate to a wide demographic has made Cole a popular and regular festival fixture. He has compered the Reading festival for an unprecedented fours years running and also played the Glastonbury, Leeds, Lattitude, Edinburgh fringe, Bug-jam and Big Chill festivals.
“Wonderful, upfront, hilarious…'” Evening Standard
A prolific writer: Cole has four television shows currently in development. He has also written for several top name comedians & played alongside: Russell Brand, Harry Hill, Jonny Vegas, Ardal O’Hanlon, Ed Byrne, Sean Lock, The Mighty Boosh, Jimmy Carr, Jeff Green, Craig Charles, Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, Ross Noble & countless more. More recently he has written topical comedy for BBC Radio 2.
As an actor Cole has played an assortment of ‘straight’ roles, including appearances in The Bill (ITV), Eastenders (BBC 1) and The Buddha of Suburbia (BBC1). Feature films include Roman Polanski ‘She’s Been Away’ and theatrical productions include ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ in Holland Park.
Before embarking on a successful career as a comedian, Cole worked the gaming industry at every level for several years, across 30 countries and punted in countless more as a player. In the 90s Cole was one the UK’s best dealers – dealing for gangsters, movie stars, the Russian mafia & the Spice Girls and was the first UK dealers to learn Caribbean stud poker He worked in many of the top clubs in London & Israel and on cruise ships all around the USA, South America, Caribbean & Bahamas.
“Consistently brilliant….” The Independent
“Spot on, topical, particularly amusing…” BBC West
“Quite simply, the finest alternative comedian there is” Ian Cognito (comic)
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