Stand Up Comedy

John performs stand up all over the UK, and is recognised mostly when in character as Danny Pensive.

Performing as Danny Pensive:

  • “Uncanny accuracy and unerring honesty”  – The List
  • “His audience interaction is flawless”  – The Skinny
  • “Cutting wit…an hour well spent”  – Three Weeks
  • “An infectious delight”  – Fringe Guru
  • “Vic and Bob meets Samuel Beckett” – Artsfest
  • “Gloriously deadpan and very  funny” – South Wales Post
  • “A must-go-see comedy highlight” – Buxton Fringe
  • “a superb creation…brilliantly done” – BBC
  • “An mix of sublime innocence and lateral observation.” – Cheltenham Greenbelt Festival
  • “Catch this comic idiot savant before Vic ‘n’ Bob snap him up” –  The List
  • “There’s more to him than meet the eye” –  Three Weeks
  • “You could almost imagine Harry Hill doing it” -Ed Byrne
  • “The  audience cheered him to the rafters.” – Kendal Calling Festival

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Edinburgh Festival Reviews:

“During his whistle-stop recollection of a trip around Britain Danny Pensive highlights with uncanny accuracy and unerring honesty the stupidity of places and people. Catch this comic idiot savant before Vic ‘n’ Bob snap him up.”

“From Newquay to Aberdeen, from Swansea to Bridlington, Danny Pensive recalls the things that made the places he has been special and memorable. But this is not some excruciating holiday slide-show. His audience interaction is flawless, and he has us laughing from start to finish with his songs and little anecdotes. His delivers each word like a six-year‐old reading aloud. His observations are told with such openness that he is impossible to dislike. The Fringe’s most loveable performer.”

“With his quirky capacity for story telling, Pensive’s unusual and amusing anecdotes let the audience get caught up in his adventure. This “infectious delight” left its mark, along with his listless eccentricities. An afternoon in Pensive’s company is sure to be an hour well spent.”

“He slips out some cutting wit, firing out insults like facts he’s looked up on Wikipedia, so then you know that there is more to him than meets the eye… Hilariously sweet, Pensive is a delight to watch, full of amusing observations about British scenery and culture.”

Visit the Danny Pensive website.


Previous shows;

  • Confessions of a WordPress Fanatic – 2018
  • Danny Pensive: Life Coach at Buxton Fringe  – 2017
  • John Cooper: Pictures of Cats at Leicester Festival.  – 2014
  • Danny Pensive – Around the world in 80 Howays  Leicester Comedy Festival  –  2013
  • Whatever Happened to the Likely lads, Manchester Fringe – 2012
  • Danny Pensive’s Map of Britain (3rd solo show) Edinburgh Fringe.  – 2011
  • The 30 year itch –  Edinburgh Fringe – 2008

Dannt Pensive’s Map of Britain – His audience interaction is flawless” – The Skinny

Other work

  • Sketch writer on BBC Radio Newcastle’s Jesting About
  • Winner of the Cofilmic Sketch writing Competition
  • ITV’s & FHM’s  Stand Up Hero.
  • Main show Support act at the SFX weekender convention. 2006
  • Tour support for One Man Star Wars. 2007 – 2016
  • Appeared on BBC2’s the speaker.

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