Barry from WatfordComedian / Performer
Created and performed by Alex Lowe
82 year old Barry from Watford was first brought to public consciousness when he became a cult star on Iain Lee’s LBC 97.3FM phone-in show. Barry became a familiar voice on London’s popular talk radio station for over a year, phoning in a few times each week to offer the benefits of his octogenarian wisdom. Listeners were introduced to his beloved wife Margaret, offered up their sympathies over his rowdy neighbours and felt Barry’s frustration as he tried to get a celebrity to turn on his residential home’s Christmas Lights.
He has performed two hit shows at The Pleasance, Edinburgh and Watford Palace Theatre – “Let’s Talk To Barry” about the changing face of suburban Britain, and “Let’s Get On With It”; an antidote to the recession and appeared at stand up gigs all over the country.
In 2007 Barry was taken under the wing of Marcus Brigstocke, making regular appearances on his topical Late Edition comedy show for BBC4, and since June 2009, he has been a regular feature in the form of “lifestyle guru” on Steve Wright in the Afternoon, BBC Radio 2.
From 2014 Barry has also performed in a double act with Angelos Epithemiou which has toured the country and their hit podcast The Angelos and Barry show won an award in its first year.
In 2016 his own Radio 4 series “Barry’s Lunch Club” was broadcast and was Pick of the Week in April.
In 2017 he appeared in 30 x one hour episodes of Cheap Cheap Cheap for Channel 4 with Noel Edmonds, produced by Hattrick.
In August 2018 Barry and Angelos premiered their new touring show “A Matter of Life and Death” at Le Monde Hotel, Edinburgh. They intend to tour it in the near future.