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 do Richard III

New special for Radio 4

Comedy group The Penny Dreadfuls are to make another historic comedy-drama for Radio 4, this time about Richard III.

In their special, they challenge Shakespeare’s portrayal of  a conniving and treacherous hunchback and depict him as an honest and loyal knight with only a slight spinal kink, nothing you’d notice if you weren't looking for it’. 

‘This is the story of how a good man became the first victim of fake news,’ the troupe say.

The show was written by David Reed who stars alongside Humphrey Ker, Thom Tuck and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

It will be their tenth show for Radio 4 having previously covered the likes of  Odysseus, Charles Darwin, Guy Fawkes and John le Carré.

The show is being recorded on Sunday Match 8 at the  BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Central London. Click here to apply for free tickets.

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Published: 20 Feb 2020

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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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