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 offer their tilt on Don Quixote

...with Sylvester McCoy in the lead role

Sketch troupe The Penny Dreadfuls are to tackle Don Quixote in their next Radio 4 special – and former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy is to take the title role.

The team of Humphrey Ker, David Reed, Thom Tuck and ‘honorary Dreadful’ Margaret Cabourn-Smith describe the 17th Century Spanish classic as ‘one of the most unreadable novels ever’ – so have done the job for you.

In their seven previous radio specials, they tackled Guy Fawkes, The French Revolution, Hereward The Wake , Macbeth, Homer’s Odyssey, Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle and John Le Carre’s espionage novels.

The new hour-long special, written by Reed, well be recorded in front of a studio audience at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Central London, on Sunday.

Amanda Abbington, from Mr Selfridge and Sherlock, and Famalam’s Vivienne Acheampong also guest star.

Free tickets are available from the BBC.

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Published: 5 Jul 2018

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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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