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Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey (born Mark Bailey January 13, 1965 in Bath, Somerset) is an English comedian, musician and actor. In addition to its extensive stand-up work, Bailey is well known for his appearances in "I have news for you, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, MC and Black Books.

Bailey has been included in the observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy in 2003 and 2007, was chosen as number seven on Channel 4 hundred more stand-up.


1 Life

2 Career

2.1 A permanent principles

TV 2.2

2.3 international tours

2.4 Other appearances

Music 2.5

2.6 Future

3 selected works

3.1 Tours

DVD 3.2

3.3 pounds

3.4 TV / Film

4 References

5 External Links

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Life Style

Bailey has spent most of his childhood in Keynsham, a village between Bath and Bristol in western England. His father was a GP and his mother was the sister neighborhood. His maternal grandparents lived in a neighboring building, built on the side of the house of his maternal grandfather was a stonemason and builder. Two rooms at the front of the house of the family have been for his father's surgery.

Bailey was educated at King Edward's School, an independent school in Bath, where he was first a university student earns more money. However, at age 15 he began to divert his schoolwork when he realized the thrill of acting as a member of an orchestra the school called in camera, which played all original works. He was the only student to study at school level music and pass with a grade of A. Also claims to have been good at sport (captain second XI cricket KES 1982), which are often surprised his teachers. We often combine the two, leading the singing in the long bus ride behind rugby equipment. There he gave his Bill by the nickname of his music teacher, Ian Phipps, for playing the song "Do not come home Bill Bailey" and the guitar.

Began an English degree at Westfield College, but left after one year.

He spent his early years listening to Monty Python records, and rehearsing with a band called "Famous Five", he confesses were very bad, but still much better than him and so Unexpectedly, there were only four members. However, is a classically trained musician and received a diploma of associate member of the London College of Music and more to be an honorary member of the Society of Organists crematorium. Despite this, he said he was always trying to be stupid with music, something that affects their stand-up shows.

Bailey often mythologize his early years in his stand-up. Bewilderness In his show, who claims to have attended Bovington Gurney School of Performing Arts and Owl Sanctuary. He speaks of a succession of jobs before becoming an actor, as lounge pianist, organist crematorium door salesman door and a pet dog to read minds. A clip of the appearance Bailey in the routine of the dog Room 101 was in his appearance. It is also self-critical about their appearance, suggesting that it is a party so hairy troll or hair or beard is a small animal Lionel, who was named coach he feels "very, very quiet.

Bailey talks about his role as "owl are not represented "in experimental theater company in Wales (mentioned in an interview with The Australian Post). Other features include a quality part in the production of the first phase of the workers who printers Revolutionary Party, which also featured Vanessa Redgrave and Frances de la Tour. Your Questions and Answers page on IMDb says he was also named best actor at the 1986 Institute Franais price.

A avid fan of Star Trek, who named your child (born in 2003) after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dax character and often refers to himself as a Klingon (after stating in his "Part Troll tour ear microphone mounting resembled him" an attendant at a center Call "and" a Klingon motivational speaker. ")

He currently lives in Hammersmith in London and supports Queens Park Rangers.


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Bailey began touring the country with other comedians like Mark Lamarr. In 1986, he formed a double act, the Rubber Bishops, with Toby Longworth (a former classmate of Bath King Edward), who was replaced in 1988 by Martin Stubbs. Some successes have been achieved in the club circuit, partly due to their strict specifications as often as three or four concerts by evening. That's where Bailey began to develop their own style, a blend of musical parody or deconstruction of the traditional variations of jokes ("How do amoebas does it take to change a light bulb A no two are not four and not eight …") -?! according comedy folklore, after a reviewer once criticized his act by its lack of good humor, Bailey returned the next night at the Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh to perform a set composed entirely of Punchlines.

Stubbs later quit to pursue a career worst, and in 1994, Bailey performed Rock at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Sean Lock, a series about a rock star and an aging roadie, script-edited by writer Jim Miller. It was then serialized to the Mark Radcliffe show on BBC Radio 1. However, helps the series have not been impressive and was once the only person in the audience Sunday comedian Netherlands. Bailey admitted In an interview with The Independent, he almost abandoned his work in telesales.

He persevered, however, and went solo next year with the Cosmic Jam man show Bill Bailey's. The show was very well received and led to a recording at the Theatre Bloomsbury in London, which was released in 1996 on Channel 4 special one-hour live call Bill Bailey. It was not until 2005 has been released on DVD uncut and under its original title. It was the first time that Bailey was able to combine their music and post-modern gags with the whimsical style trekking is now known.

After supporting Donna McPhail in 1995 and win a prize returned to Edinburgh Time Out in 1996 with a famous critic, who was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award. Other prospective candidates Black Books co-star Dylan Moran, who narrowly defeated in the closest vote in the history of the prize.

Bailey won the Best Stand-Up live at the British Comedy Awards, 1999.


Although he did not win the Perrier in 1996, the nomination was enough to set it, and in 1998 the BBC gave him his own television show, is Bill Bailey?

This was not the first foray of Bailey's on TV. He started in children Motormouth TV end of 1980, playing the piano for something dog.The telepathy was hilarious evil, and Bailey recalled the experience in Room 101 with Paul Merton Newsnight in 2000. In 1991, appeared in the stand-up shows like "The Happening" packing them, Stand Up Show and The Comedy Store. Also appeared as captain on two group games, a pilot called Pop music ITV dogs, and poor reception of Channel 4 science competition music, space cadets. However, Bill Bailey? It was the first time he had written and presented his own program.

With his star on the rise and public recognition of the coming years, Bailey was well-received appearances on series like "I have news for you, Cup World Comedy, Suite 101, Des O'Connor Tonight, from coast to coast and three episodes of the offbeat sitcom Spaced, Channel 4 in which he played comic-shop manager Bilbo Baggins.

In 1998, Dylan Moran approached him with the script for the pilot of the Black Book, a comedy for Channel 4 on a shelf in a bad mood, his post-agent, and his neurotic friend. It was commissioned in 2000, and Bailey took from the assistant Manny Bianco, with the owner playing Bernardo Moran and Tamsin Greig friend, Fran. Three series of six episodes were made, creating a cult fan base important provided that public awareness Bailey will build a successful national tour in 2001.

When Sean Hughes left long-term role as as captain of Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 2002, Bailey became his successor. His style mixes quickly in the show, perhaps helped by his knowledge of music. He quickly developed a relationship class with host Mark Lamarr, who constantly teased about her appearance and pre-occupation with animals the forest. It was announced September 18, 2008 Bill would withdraw from the series and replaced by a series of tests, including masters Dermot O'Leary Jack Dee. During a tour in 2009, Bailey joked that his main reason for leaving the show was a lack of desire to continue Toxic Britney Spears to sing the little-known figures on the independent music scene.

Bailey has appeared frequently on intellectual property Thurs IQ panel since it began in 2003, appearing alongside host Stephen Fry and Alan Davies frequent speaker. Other appearances a television appearance in the drama series Jonathan Creek, Alan Davies, failing Starkiss Kenny Street magician guitar teacher and obsession "of Vacation "episode fifteen plants High Sean Lock. Later, it appeared to lock your new client TV Heaven, Telly Hell. He also appeared twice Friday night with Jonathan Ross.

Bailey also presented Wild Thing I Love You, which began on Channel 4 on October 15, 2006. The series focuses on the protection of wild animals in Britain, and included relocation of badgers owls and water voles.

Bailey has recently appeared in the second series of E4 teen "dramedy" Skins Maxxie play dad, Oliver Walter. In Episode 1, Walter struggles with your child's desire to be a dancer, instead of wanting to become a builder, which is what he does for living. Walter is married to Jackie, played by Fiona Allen.

Bailey appeared in the first episode of Grand Designs Live on May 4, 2008, helping Kevin McCloud to build your green house. In 2009, Bailey has appeared on the BBC's "Hustle" that the 'Cyclops', a character the lateral line. In the fall of 2009, Bailey will be presented, Big Bill Bailey birdwatching.

International tours

Bailey in Concert, 2007 Photo: Brian Marks

In 2001, Bailey began touring the world with Bewilderness, which became a huge success. A recording of a performance DVD of Swansea was released the same year, the show was broadcast on Channel 4 as Christmas. A modified version of which was also successful in the U.S., and in 2002 Bill released a CD recording at the Westbeth Theater New York. The show includes all brands, parodies of popular music (as Unisex Chip Shop a tribute to Billy Bragg actually performed with Billy Bragg Festival Glastonbury 2005), "three men in a pub" jokes (including one in the style of Geoffrey Chaucer) and the deconstruction of themes such as television account Countdown and The Magic Roundabout. "Bewilderness" A CD is sold together, which was actually a mixture of studio recordings of songs and monologues Bill had played in the past – which was released in stores such as Bill Bailey: The Ultimate Collection … Never!. That same year he also presented a countdown of Channel 4, the progressive rock Top Ten.

Bailey opened her show Troll the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2003. A critical and commercial success, which is then transferred to the West End, where tickets sold out in less than 24 hours, and new dates have been added. Since then he has traveled throughout the United Kingdom and America, Australia and New Zealand. The show marked the first time that Bailey had sent really political material, because it expanded on issues like the war in Iraq, who had played just before their show Bewilderness New York. He also speaks of many articles on drugs, at one point asking the public to name the different forms of cannabis baking. A DVD was released in 2004.

2005 finally saw the release of their 1995 Bill Bailey Cosmic Jam. 2-disc set also contains a Bewilderness Director's Cut, which was routine in a short story by Stephen Hawking's time is not on the original version.

Bailey performed in the show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006 "Steampunk". Seemed destined to be the best selling show ever bangs (The previous record was also Bailey in The Odd Couple in 2005.) But a mix up ticket sales forced the final 10% of tickets purchased in person at headquarters rather than appointment, the place is filled at a rate generally slower than it should have.

Bailey was presented at the festival in Nice days in August 2007. The UK leg of the known three nights sell Tinselworm -out concert at the MEN Arena in Manchester, the largest stadium in Europe, and resulted in a sale to the performance at Wembley Arena.

In early 2007, A petition was started to express their desires to see him elected without a dwarf in the movie 2010 "The Hobbit" after hearing about stand-up routine Gimli in The Lord of the Rings. The petition reached its goal in the first days of January, and was sent to producers. It was expected that the tour took him to Wellington Tinselworm New Zealand where the film is in preproduction, he would be able to audition ..

Other appearances

In 2000 had a small role in the British comedy film Saving Grace, and also expressed the sperm whale in 2005, Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy movie.

In 2002, Bailey provided the voice for an ad campaign for BMW Mini, as well as writing and performing a series British Airways ads, by the use of music, he took a humorous look at various places in the world.

Bailey also made dramatic roles in two Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows, both directed by Guy Masterson. Jury played # 4 in a 2003 version of Twelve Angry Men with actors in the roles of jurors and co-starred as Oscar in 2005 production of The Odd Couple with Alan Davies.

radio appearances include two episodes Each chain reaction, The 99p Challenge, sorry for not having a track, and three one-minute episodes, and the presentation of Good Vibrations: The history of the Theremin, co-host of the first series of The Museum of Curiosity and appearing on Loose Ends.

In 2005 he appeared at Birmingham as an act of "Jasper Carrott Rock laughing." It appeared with artists like Bonnie Tyler, Jasper Carrott, Lenny Henry, Bobby Davros and the Lord of the dance company.

Bill Bailey was due to appear on Shaun of the Dead, but in the commentary included in the DVD of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, said he was not in the movie because he was busy with other commitments at that time. But he did have two minor roles as twins Sergeant Service Pegg and Wright 2007 film Hot Fuzz.

Bill Bailey hosting So You Think it's funny.

In February 2007, Bailey organized product and played in a West End show called Pinter's People, a collection of sketches by playwright Harold Pinter. The show has also played Kevin Eldon Geraldine McNulty and Sally Phillips.

In March 2007, Bill Bailey, published in the International Beatbox Convention on Human Rights in the South Bank Centre in London Shlomo introduction of the stage for the climax of the concert and show their own beatboxing.

On May 4, 2007, appeared as a guest presenter on BBC One is that I have news for you and again May 9, 2008.

In July 2007, Bill Bailey tells a series of animated reading books to dyslexic children called "Nessy Tales.

On June 9, 2008 Bailey was the guest of Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, and later the same days, appeared in the first episode of an adaptation of The Broken pants philanthropists in the same season.

The bill also in June made an appearance in the Australian series "Rove Live" in a questionnaire to win $ 20 in 20 seconds to answer the question: "Who would gay" in responding: "The Pope"

In September, was one of the hosts of So You Think You're Funny comedy gala at the periphery Edinburgh Festival.

On November 12, 2008, Bill was one of the interpreters' we are the most fun, "an operation comedy special to celebrate the birthday of Prince Charles 60.


Bailey is a pianist and guitarist and has the ear absolute. His stand-up routines, often with musical genres such as jazz, rock (including progressive rock since the seventies), drum'n'bass, rave and classical, usually for comic value. Favorite instruments including keyboard, guitar, theremin, kazoo and bongos. He also said in an interview who reached Grade 6 clarinet. Also part of the punk Beergut 100, which he founded in 1995 with writer Jim Miller and Martin had Trenaman and Phil Whelans with Kevin Eldon as a singer. The band played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2006. Welan Trenaman and had already appeared in Cosmic Jam under the name "The Stan Ellis experience ", and later Trenaman Eldon and John Moloney appears on the Kraftwerk homage" Das Hokey Kokey "on the Part Troll tour. Bill claims that he and the other three performers are a Kraftwerk tribute band called Augenblick. To mark the last concert of the tour party Troll 1 January 2005 the band reappeared on stage after the "Das Hokey Kokey" joke to a point an hour of music.

In February 2007, Bill appears twice with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Anne Dudley in a show called Cosmic Shindig. Done at The Colosseum in Watford, February 24 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Feb. 26, the program described orchestral versions of most songs already on the bill, an exploration of orchestral instruments and a series of new music. The Queen Elizabeth Hall performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 16 March 2007, as part of Comic Relief 2007.

Bill planned to present himself as the entrance to the British for Eurovision in 2008 following requests from several fans encouraged to do so.

In October 2008 Bill Bailey remarkable guide to the orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Anne Dudley.

In November 2009 he was invited private Passions, the biographical discussion program of music on BBC Radio 3.


In September 2008, Bailey works in a film project about the explorer and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, in the form of a travelogue in Indonesia. Bailey said in an interview that Wallace had been "tampered with outside of history," and he feels a "real affinity" with him.

Selection books


Cosmic Jam (1995)

Bewilderness (2001)

Part Troll (2004)

Steampunk (2006)

Tinselworm (2008)

Bill Bailey remarkable orchestra Guide (2009)


Bewilderness (November 12, 2001)

Part Troll (November 22, 2004)

Cosmic Jam (November 7, 2005)

Bill Bailey – The Classic Collection (November 27, 2006) (with Bewilderness Boxset, Part Troll and Cosmic Jam)

Tinselworm (November 10, 2008)

Bill Bailey – Collector's Edition (November 10, 2008) (Boxset Bewilderness to Part Troll and Cosmic Jam Tinselworm)

Bill Bailey's Guide significant Orchestra (November 23, 2009)

Bill Bailey – The inevitable Boxset (November 23, 2009) (Boxset Bewilderness with Troll Cosmic Jam Tinselworm, Bill Bailey and notable Guide Orchestra)


The thousand and faces of Bill Bailey (A book of songs that includes nine songs popular in the period 1995-2005 the bill. Instructions including the bill itself (which will how they were created) and images) (2007)

TV / Film

Blue Heaven (Channel 4 TV series) (1994)

Asylum (1996)

Space Cadets (1997) (regular team captain)

Is it Bill Bailey? (1998)

Spaced (19992001)

I have news for you (the customer – 1999, 2001, 2005 -. Presenter clients 2007, 2008, 2009)

Saving Grace (2000)

Marian Maid and His Merrie Men (1992). Cameo jester of King John

Black Books (20002004)

Jonathan Creek

"Satan's Chimney" (2001)

"The Dummy" (2003)

Wild West (20022004)

Never Mind the Buzzcocks (20022008) (Team Captain Regular)

IQ (2003resent) (frequent guest)

"15 stories" – "The Holiday" (2004)

The Hitchhiker's Guide (2005) (Voice of the Whale)

The Libertine (small cameo as a consultant Charles II of England).

Wild Thing I love you (2006) (animator)

Top Gear (a star in a car at a reasonable price)

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Run Fatboy Run (2007) (Cameo)

Skins (2008)

Love Soup (2008)

We are more fun (2008) (special time)


"The return of the prodigal son" (2009)

Diamond Seeker "(2009)

Bill Bailey notable Guide to the Orchestra (2009)

Steve World (2009)

Burke and Hare (2010)

Birding Bonanza Bill Bailey (2010)


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Black Books


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Dylan Moran Bill Bailey Tamsin Greig


List of Black Books episodes



Bailey, Bill


Bailey, Mark

Brief description

English comedian, actor and musician


February 24, 1964


Bath, Somerset, England



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