Iain Stirling

Comedian Profile

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Iain Stirling is a Scottish comedian, writer and television presenter from Edinburgh now based in Manchester.

Having started stand-up whilst in his final year of Law at Edinburgh University, a year which saw him make the final of both the Paramount Funniest Student and Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year competitions, he is now a regular on the UK comedy circuit. Having been dubbed one of Scotland’s ‘Hottest Newcomers’ by The Scotsman after his performance in front of 750 people at the Glasgow Fruitmarket,[2] he has progressed at an alarming rate and now gigs all over the UK including The Stand (Glasgow and Edinburgh), The Comedy Store (Manchester and London), Off The Kerb and various smaller clubs. Stirling also appeared in a singing contest in 2002.

After being spotted at a gig, Iain has since presented the CBBC Channel along with his canine sidekick Hacker T. Dog from the CBBC TV show Scoop, and other sidekicks including Dodge the Dog, ‘The Toad of Wisdom’, and ‘Pig With ‘Tasche’. He has also worked as a writer on a number of projects for the likes of CBBC and BBC Scotland. He also appeared in Scoop as the postboy in the first four episodes of the new series.

In August 2009, Iain performed in the final of the Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, finishing runner-up to winner Joe Lycett. Iain presents CBBC’s show, Help! My Supply Teacher’s Magic – the show puts magicians in schools and tricks children into thinking they are teachers. Stirling also presented 12 Again, a show in which celebrities talk about what they were like when they were twelve. Stirling also co-presents All Over the Place. In 2012, he made an appearance on Russell Howard’s Good News Extra. On 1 February 2013 Stirling left CBBC. Since October 2012, he has been touring with Russell Kane as a warm up act for ‘Posturing Delivery’.

In early October 2013, Stirling began recording a new series for CBBC, The Dog Ate My Homework, a celebrity panel game show due for broadcast on the run-up to Christmas.

In June 2014 Iain Presented the Second Series of The Dog Ate My Homework In Glasgow and is due to broadcast in September on CBBC.

In 2015 he returned to CBBC to celebrate 30 years of the channel in Hacker’s Birthday Bash. In June 2015 he became the narrator of ITV2 reality series Love Island, which returned for a second series in May 2016 and a third in 2017.

In 2016 Stirling starred in Comedy Central series Drunk History. He occasionally appears as a TV & film reporter on ITV’s weekend morning show Weekend. He presented CelebAbility, a six-part entertainment series for ITV2.

An Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourite, Iain has performed five sold-out and critically-acclaimed shows: U OK Hun? X (2017) selling out the entire Edinburgh Fringe run in advance, Onwards!(2016), Touchy Feely (2015), Everything (2014), Iain Stirling At Home (2013) and Happy To Be The Clown? (2012).

In May 2018 Iain announced the release of his first book Not Ready to Adult Yet which was published through HarperCollins on the 23rd August, along with a companion podcast of the same name. Not Ready to Adult Yet is packed full of hilarious life lessons from the voice of a generation and is Iain’s ill-informed guide to what life is really like for millennials, and how they can navigate it better. The paperback version was released on May 30th 2019.