Stephen K Amos

Stephen K Amos

A circuit stalwart, Stephen K Amos made his Edinburgh debut in 2001, returned in 2003, and has performed there every year since. He has also appeared the Melbourne Comedy Festival every year from 2006 to 2009.

Amos has also acted in a number of dramatic plays at the Fringe, including One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest with Christian Slater in 2004 - which later transferred to the West End – and Talk Radio in 2006.

On TV, he has performed stand-up on Live at the Apollo and the 2007 Royal Variety Performance and appeared on several panel shows, including Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, The Wright Stuff and Loose Women, where, in February 2009, he caused a stir by revealing that Prince Harry told him he 'didn't sound like a black chap’ after his appearance at a gig to celebrate Prince Charles's 60th birthday.

In 2007 Amos made an acclaimed Channel 4 documentary on homophobia in the black British community and in Jamaica, Batty Man. He is also in the cast of 2009 BBC Two sitcom In My Country, a multicultural show set in a run-down guest house.

In 2004, he won a Time Out award for comedy, and he has been nominated for the Chortle Award for best compere three times, in 2004, 2007 and 2008.

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Comedians investigate the history of gay rights

BBC films from Susan Calman and Stephen K Amos

Susan Calman and Stephen K Amos are to present a two-part BBC documentary series about the history of homosexual and transgender rights.

Prejudice And Pride: The People's History Of LGBTQ Britain will reveal the mementoes and memorabilia that have the changed the lives of LGBTQ people over the last 50 years.

Items featured in two hour-long episodes include a banned book, an original Heaven Gold card from the gay nightclub, naval discharge papers, George Michael's autograph and the long-lost panels from the Aids memorial quilt.

The BBC says: ‘The films chart a rollercoaster journey from the audacity of a Gay Liberation Front commune, to the anguish of the Aids crisis, from the struggle against Section 28 to the ecstasy of Pride ’97, from the death of friends in the Admiral Duncan bombing to the joy of a lesbian marriage - this is the story of all of us, the people we loved and the people we sometimes hated.’

To air on BBC Four, the programmes are part of Gay Britannia, a new season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21.

Other BBC Four programmes include Queers, in which the League Of Gentlemen’s Mark Gatiss offers his and other writers' responses to the anniversary.

The season also includes the previously announced BBC Two drama Against The Law, about an explosive 1950s court case that started turning the tide towards legalising homosexuality, The show will be the first major national TV role for Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd,

Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, said: ‘This is a rich and compelling set of programmes that challenge us all.’

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Published: 24 Apr 2017

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

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Edinburgh Fringe 2003

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Edinburgh Fringe 2005

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Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Stephen K Amos: The Best Medicine

Montreal 2007

Britcom 2007


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