A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes, Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.
Peter has been a finalist in a variety of local and national comedy competitions including the BBC New Comedy Award 2013, as well as winning the Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012. He has also written for BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Show What You Wrote’ and ‘Newsjack’, and has done tour support for Arthur Smith, Justin Moorhouse and Stephen K Amos.
In 2015 he performed his debut solo hour ‘Older Than The Oldest Dog That Ever Lived’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, receiving 4*+ reviews. That year he also performed as part of the prestigious ‘Big Value’ showcase run by Just The Tonic. He went back in 2016 to do his 2nd hour ‘Dreams with Advert Breaks’, which again received 4* reviews.
He currently performs at weekend level (or paid 20 minute sets) for: Highlight/Jongleurs, The Stand, The Frog & Bucket, The Glee, Manford’s Comedy Clubs, Kill For A Seat, Rob Riley Productions, Toby Jones Productions, The Last Laugh, The Comedy Club Ltd, Just The Tonic, Comedy Central @ Blue Blue, Funhouse Comedy, Hot Water Comedy Club, Screaming Blue Murder, Buzz Comedy (Agraman), Gag Reflex, XS Malarkey, Barnstormers and various others.
‘compellingly hilarious.. first-class gag writing… an original and achingly funny voice’ ****1/2 – Chortle, Aug 2015
‘unique observations and connections that stand-ups crave’ – The Guardian
‘an imaginative use of language and obtuse angles of thought that produce distinctive and eclectic gags…his best lines are inspired’ – Steve Bennett, Chortle
‘clever and original’ – Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
‘Yorkshire’s answer to Woody Allen’ – Harrogate Advertiser
‘Wonderfully original writing, delivered with a distinctive delivery’ – Ten Feet Tall Comedy
‘The most original voice in British stand-up since Johnny Vegas’ – Rob Riley, Promoter and Producer / iwantacomedynight.com
Press from Edinburgh Fringe 2016
“Christ does he know how to write a gag… This an hour of killer gags, tripping from his mind one after another with no let up in quality” Fest
“He hits hardest when […] leading you down one alley and leaving a pleasing surprise at the end of it.” ShortCom ★★★★
“Brush is an imaginative writer of gentle but funny absurdity. He has a touch of Paul Merton.” Chortle
Press from Edinburgh Fringe 2015:
Chortle – ****1/2 (thats 4, and a half star)
What a solo debut for Peter Brush! This is a man whose lack of stage presence, lack of cool, and turned-down-to-two demeanour all reverse expectations and make him compellingly hilarious.
His deadpanning and quiet delivery draws in the audience and the first-class gag writing, complex, logical callbacks and dry, self-deprecating commentary had waves of laughter rolling through the room.
Without doubt it is the funniest show I’ve seen so far this Fringe, with an enviable density of smart gags of which more than a few had ‘wish I’d written that’ status.
While he’s apparently examining the big issues of mortality, fear, supernatural experience, anxiety, Freudian psychology, ageing and religion – to name but a few – it is in the niggly details of his own eccentricities and foibles that an original and achingly funny voice is to be found. He inhabits a world that is contained in the our regular one, but his preoccupations are uniquely his own and have the effect of refocusing our own thoughts.
Shortcom – ****
He has loads of high quality gags in supply. could become a muct see Fringe act for fans of original comedy