Dane Baptiste initially dipped his proverbial toe in the murky waters of comedy via the urban/black scene in 2006- 2007; however due to work and academic commitments, he took an extended absence from the comedy to hone his craft. Before this, he’d achieved a grand total of 8 gigs.
After completing a course in Comedy; Dane made a dedicated return to stand-up comedy in 2010, and since then has catapulted to an impressive position on the open mic circuit. Since performing, Dane has participated and made the following achievement in national competitions;
Laughing Horse New Comedian Of The Year 2010- Semi-Finalist
Leicester Square New Act Of The Year 2011- Finalist
Amused Moose New Act Competition 2012- 1/4 Finalist (Competition still ongoing)
Comedy Cafe New Act Competition 2011- Winner
As a result of successes in competitions; and consistent quality with performances; Dane has frequently been forwarded by promoters and established acts, allowing him to frequently perform alongside competition winners and established comics both on the circuit and the Fringe festivals. Some of his more significant performances include;
Opening act, for Scott Capurro’s ‘The Position’ Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Open Spot- BBC @Fringe (opening for Andrew Lawrence Edinburgh Fringe 2011)
Headline Act- Up The Creek Best of New Acts- Up The Creek Comedy Club
Old Rope- Sharing the Bill with Phil Nicol, Milton Jones and ‘Show Me The Funny’ Finalist, Tiffany Stephenson
Open Spot- Up The Creek Comedy Club, Opening for Adam Bloom (Appearing in Mock The Week)
Performing with Richard Blackwood for Global Radio (Star of Theatre Smash, ‘Shrek’)
In the meantime; Dane continues to go from strength to strength; impressing promoters and peers alike with his natural stage presence; universal appeal and keen talent for detailed, observational humour.
“Dane is a very promising act with clever, well thought out material and definitely a comic to watch for a star for the future”- Noel Faulkner, owner Comedy Cafe
“One of my favourite acts on the open mic circuit; and a guaranteed future star, with amazing potential”- Daphna Baram, Comedy Promoter and Comedienne
“Engaging, smart and with many a sharp line. This chap is going places”, Tyrone atkins, Promoter, Comedy Heat
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