Arnold Brown is comedy’s equivalent of the teasing slow bowler in cricket. For the past 25 years, this pioneer of contemporary stand-up has been applying his own particular spinning techniques to deliver lines with pinpoint accuracy. He is regarded as a comic philosopher who inspires both affection among audiences and universal praise from pundits.
Arnold Brown first came to prominence in the early 1980s as a highly distinctive comedian alongside Alexei Sayle and Rik Mayall et al at The Comedy Store and The Comic Strip. In 1987, he won the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Possibly the only Glaswegian Jewish ex-chartered accountant stand-up comedian in the world, Arnold has supported Frank Sinatra at Glasgow’s Ibrox Park Stadium and top US comedian Steven Wright at London’s Dominion Theatre.
Over the years, he has made extensive TV and radio appearances, including his own BBC Radio 4 series, Arnold Brown & Company, in 1990 and 1991 and a BBC2 sitcom, The Brown Man, which aired in October 1993. He has become something of a radio favourite and in 1998 he presented two documentaries on the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival for BBC Radio 2. Other BBC radio appearances include The Beaton Generation and Stand Up 2, Talking Pictures, Live From London, Word of Mouth and Bruce Morton’s play, A Sense of Balance. He is a regular contributor on the Fred Macaulay Show. He has also written and presented many of his own programmes for BBC radio, including, Arnold Brown in the Comedy Chair, a personal take on the life and work of Ivor Cutler, Glasgow Dreamer, a documentary on Stanley Baxter and Brown on Brown. In 2007 he was a subject for the BBC Radio series, Comedy Heroes.
Recent television has included Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, The History of Alternative Comedy, Life According to Fred, Sex Wars and The World’s Greatest Stand Up Comedians. As an actor, Arnold has also appeared in major feature films – Personal Services, Comfort and Joy, released in 1999 and Esther Kahn in 2000. Liam followed in 2001 and Young Adam in 2002. In 2006 he played Sigmund in One Foot in the Cuckoos Nest for Radio 4.
In 1994 his first book- Are You Looking At Me, Jimmy? (“comic writing approaching its very best” – The Times) was published by Methuen and an adaptation of this was read by Arnold for a BBC Radio 2 series.