Humphrey Ker

Humphrey Ker

Between 2001 and 2005, Humphrey performed with Edinburgh based improv troupe The Improverts, where he met fellow performers David Reed and Thom Tuck. In 2006 they formed The Penny Dreadfuls sketch group, who performed regularly on the Fringe and recorded the BBC Radio 7 series The Brothers Faversham, which was repeated on Radio 4, and the two Radio 4 afternoon plays Guy  and Revolution.

In 2011 he made his solo Edinburgh festival debut with the show Humphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher!, which won him the best newcomer accolade at the Fosters Comedy Awards.

He was also one of the regulars on the BBC2 improv show Fast and Loose, hosted by Hugh Dennis, which aired in January 2011.

And in 2012 he was nominated for breakthrough act and best character and sketch performer at the 2012 Chortle Awards.

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Penny Dreadfuls go into spying

Le Carre spoof for Radio 4

Sketch group The Penny Dreadfuls are to parody  John  Le  Carré in their latest Radio 4 spoof.

Le Carré On Spying will be the seventh hour-long show from the team of Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck.  They have previously tackled Guy Fawkes, The French Revolution, William the Conqueror, Macbeth, Odysseus and Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. 

As before,  they will be joined by ‘honorary Dreadful’ Margaret Cabourn-Smith plus guest stars, this time including News Quiz host Miles Jupp.

Written by Reed, the new show is set in the  ‘paranoid  height of  the Cold War’ and is described by  the  BBC as ‘a brand new Le Carré thriller about John Le Carré himself, performed with daft characters and stupid jokes.’

It will be recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Radio  Theatre in Broadcasting House this Friday. Click here to apply for free tickets.

The Penny Dreadfuls’ previous specials are available on iTunes and as albums.

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Published: 16 May 2017

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Bedlam Improverts

Edinburgh Fringe 2002


Edinburgh Fringe 2003


Edinburgh Fringe 2004


Edinburgh Fringe 2005


Edinburgh Fringe 2006

Aeneas Faversham

Edinburgh Fringe 2007

Aeneas Faversham Returns

Edinburgh Fringe 2008

Aeneas Faversham Forever

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Penny Dreadfuls


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