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Simon Munnery

Simon Munnery, also known by his stage names of Alan Parker: Urban Warrior and The League Against Tedium, is an English comedy writer and experimental stand-up comedian. He performs mainly to an alternative audience but has pierced the mainstream both with his BBC Radio 1 show in 1997 and his BBC2 television series Attention Scum! in 2001. His stand-up is often satirical and political and almost always surreal, his act also contains harmonica playing.

Munnery’s experimental style is reflected in his on-stage appearance: his unfashionable glasses, homemade clothes (or clothes apparently donated to him by comedian Jeff Green), makeshift props, and dramatic facial hair. As ‘The League’ he often wears a hat crafted from a kettle, and one of his stand-up shows has a character who performs with a metal bucket over his head.

While at university, Munnery took part in a stand-up double-act called God and Jesus with Stephen Cheeke. He also worked (along with Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber, Richard Herring and Stewart Lee) at the Edinburgh Festival in a piece called The Dum Show.

Some recent Munnery Edinburgh Fringe shows include Trilogy, Buckethead and Simon Munnery’s Annual General Meeting. Also, Munnery can still be seen at small venues, where his poetry usually takes precedence.

His 2006 Edinburgh Fringe show, AGM, includes the opportunity for the audience to raise questions to discuss as group (such as “is there a God?”). The experience often continues after the show, when he takes the audience on tours around town, taking in art galleries, drinks and visits to other shows. He describes such events as jumping the divide between “unfunny comedy” and “shit art”.

Munnery wrote and hosted the 1999 TV comedy game show, Either/Or.

Munnery also appeared in sketches in the first series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle in 2009.

During the 1990s he made several series for BBC Radio 1, one based on his League Against Tedium character. Others were based on his Alan Parker character, including Alan Parker, Alan Parker’s 29 Minutes of Truth, and Alan Parker, Road Warrior.

Recently, Munnery has returned to radio, hosting Simon Munnery’s Experimental Half Hour (“experimental in that it lasts an hour”) and “Simon Munnery Weakly Chats’ on Resonance FM. He also wrote and performed two four-part Radio 4 series called “Where Did It All Go Wrong?”, which were broadcast in the summer of 2003 and the spring of 2005. His latest television appearance was on the BBC Three show, The Comic Side of 7 Days.

In 1999, together with John Hegley, he made a comedy series for BBC Radio 4 called The Adventures of John and Tony. It was withdrawn after 4 epidodes. [7]

Munnery featured as a “genius” on Dave Gorman’s Genius show on Radio 4.

 

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