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About Des Clarke

Des Clarke is one of the UK’s most exciting performers. He has made a name for himself as both a highly successful comedian and one of television and radio’s star presenters.

It all began for Des when he won a nationwide search to host the iconic Saturday morning show SM:TV Live. This weekly two hour broadcast showcased his abilities both as a comedian and presenter, including character sketches, celebrity interviews and comic monologues.

That forms part of an impressive TV career with presenting credits including Breaking The News, Des Doesn’t Do, Hogmanay Live, Sport Relief Tryathlon, STV Appeal, Andy Murray Live, Club Cupid, Sportsround and Children in Need.

Not forgetting the honour of being asked to host the live Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony to a global TV audience of 1 billion viewers.

Des is a much loved voice on the airwaves too and can be heard getting central Scotland home every day as host of the Heart Drivetime Show. He also fronts hit comedy series Breaking The News on BBC Radio Scotland.

Clarke’s radio work has earned him widespread recognition, winning a British Radio Award and multiple Scottish Comedy Awards. In addition to prizes at the ARIA, Arqiva, Celtic Media, and Sony Awards.

Over the years he has interviewed some of the showbiz world’s biggest names including Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry.

Des Clarke

Stand-up comedy remains Des’s first love and he performs his own solo shows annually at the Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow Comedy Festival. He has toured the world with his unique brand of observational humour, appearing on stage in New York, Dubai, Australia and Los Angeles. Des has also received critical acclaim for his comedy, winning Chortle Best Newcomer and the ITV Golden Mic Award.

He has also become one of Scotland’s best loved panto stars. Completing a record breaking 5 year headline run at the world famous King’s Theatre in Glasgow.

A high profile newspaper columnist and after dinner speaker too, Des Clarke has rapidly established himself as an exceptional all round performer.


  • Scottish Comedy Award

    Best TV/Radio Comedian
  • Scottish Comedy Award

    Best Radio Show
  • Scottish Variety Awards

    Outstanding Contribution
  • ITV Golden Mic Award

    Outstanding Contribution
  • Chortle Award

    Best Newcomer
  • BBC New Comedy Award

    (Runner Up)
  • So You Think You're Funny

    (Runner Up)
  • Daily Telegraph Open Mic

    (Runner Up)
  • ARIA Award

    Best Music Breakfast Show Nominee
  • Sony Radio Awards

    Best Comedy Programme (Runner Up)
  • Celtic Media Award

    Best Radio Comedy (Runner Up)
  • Arqiva Radio Awards

    Best UK Breakfast Show (Runner Up)
  • Award

    Best Radio Panel Show (Runner Up)
  • X-Trax Radio Awards

    Best Presenter Scotland


BBC – Funniest Man

Des Clarke may actually be the funniest man I’ve ever seen… Absolutely excellent.


Sunday Herald – League of their own

Clarke’s performances are in a league of their own. Onstage he is a racing car wrapped in an express train inside a space rocket. It could be terrifying if it were not for two things: Clarke has wide blue eyes with remarkably long lashes that lend him the look of a startled gazelle. And he’s funny. Very funny.

It’s not just the turbo-charged engine of his delivery; it’s the sparkplugs of random connections and word associations that fire it – collisions of words and ideas that take his material beyond observational humour.

Sunday Herald

The List – prodigious

The prodigious talent of Des Clarke shone like no other comedian. His versatility and natural instinct for entertainment radiated vivacity… he’s conquered the comedy world with his stuttering ingenuity. His energy is boundless. Des Clarke is on the cusp of stardom.

The List

The List – blistering

He’s a blistering cacophony of comic neurosis, whose fusion of speed and erratic nonsense is incredible. A true Scottish comedy genius in waiting

The List

The Guardian – frenetic

Frenetic humour with the young scattergun ace

The Guardian

Edinburgh Evening News – Genius

Touched by genius… Displaying unjustifiable depths of talent in someone so young. His comedy was astonishing and indescribably funny leaving the audience breathless

Edinburgh Evening News

Metro – genius in action

So funny it’s almost painful to watch him perform… genius in action.


The Stage – memorable

Memorable, distinctive and very popular… he is a comedic Kalashnikov.

The Stage

BBC – wall of sound

This boy could be a genius. He speaks in a stammering wall of sound… then a full sentence emerges it stands out as starkly as a rhyming couplet. The man’s a poet.


Chortle – Frighteningly young

Frighteningly young and frighteningly talented, Clarke – with an E – is going to be a star.


The Herald – Comic Mind

Behind the nervous energy and apparent tangents lies a quick-witted comic mind. The result is something as entertaining as it is original.

Daily Record – Unmissable

An irresistible comedian… simply unmissable

Daily Record