• So funny it's almost painful to watch him perform. Genius in action.






Des guest stars on a brand new BBC panel show. Bad Language is hosted by Patrick Kielty and was recorded in front of a live audience at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. The show is currently airing on BBC1 Northern Ireland and the first episode featuring Des is broadcast this Friday at 10.35pm. See more about the […]



Des returns to this year’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival with more offbeat observations, topical gags and surreal stories. One of Scotland’s most popular comedians, he is known to many as star of the Capital Breakfast Show, Breaking The News and King’s Theatre Panto. Des has also fronted high profile TV broadcasts like Children In Need, […]

Breaking the News with Des Clarke

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Breaking The News is back for 2016. BBC Radio Scotland’s topical news quiz returns in March, building up to this year’s Holyrood elections. The hit comedy topped the download charts in 2015 and is ready to take apart the big news stories again. Des returns as host and tickets for the live shows will be […]



After 65 barnstorming shows, Des has completed another successful panto season at Glasgow’s legendary Kings Theatre. He had been starring as Muddles in Snow White alongside Rab C Nesbitt’s Gregor Fisher.  The record breaking run played to critical acclaim and set a new high for King’s Theatre ticket sales. Surely the fairest panto of them all. […]


Des Clarke is one of the UK’s most exciting performers. He has made a name for himself as both a highly successful comedian and one of television and radio’s hottest presenters.

2014 was a massive year for Des Clarke. He performed live to over a quarter of a million people during the 11 days of the Commonwealth Games and hosted the live Closing Ceremony to a global TV audience of 1 billion viewers.

This year he plays live to thousands of people again, hosting pitch side entertainment at both the Six Nations rugby and Scotland’s Euro 2016 matches. He has also become one of Scotland’s best loved panto stars. Starring at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow since 2012.

Des Clarke is also a much loved voice on the airwaves and can be heard waking up central Scotland every morning as host of the Capital Breakfast Show. His radio work has earned him widespread industry recognition, winning a British Radio Award and receiving nominations in both the Arqiva and Sony Awards.

Over the years he has interviewed some of the showbiz world’s biggest names including Rihanna, Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, One Direction and Katy Perry.

It all began for Des when he won a nationwide search to host the iconic Saturday morning show SM:TV Live. This weekly two hour broadcast showcased his abilities both as a comedian and presenter, including character sketches, celebrity interviews and comic monologues.

That led to an impressive TV career with presenting credits ranging from the STV Appeal, Invention SOS, Club Cupid and Sportsround to his breakthrough into prime time television as anchor of BBC Scotland’s Children in Need.

Stand up comedy remains Des’ first love and he performs his own solo shows annually at the Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow Comedy Festival. He has toured the world with his unique brand of observational humour, appearing on stage in New York, Dubai, Australia and Los Angeles. Des has also received critical acclaim for his comedy, winning Chortle Best Newcomer and the ITV Golden Mic Award.

A high profile newspaper columnist and after dinner speaker too, Des Clarke has rapidly established himself as an exceptional all round performer.


  • Scottish Variety Awards

    Outstanding Contribution

  • Chortle Award

    Best Newcomer

  • ITV Golden Mic Award

  • X-Trax Radio Awards

    Best Presenter Scotland

  • BBC New Comedy Award

    (Runner Up)

  • Daily Telegraph Open Mic

    (Runner Up)

  • So You Think You're Funny

    (Runner Up)

  • Arqiva Radio Awards

    Best UK Breakfast Show (Runner Up)

  • Sony Radio Awards

    Best Comedy Programme (Runner Up)


  • Des Clarke may actually be the funniest man I've ever seen… Absolutely excellent.

  • Clarke's performances are in a league of their own. Onstage he is a racing car wrapped in an express train inside a space rocket. It could be terrifying if it were not for two things: Clarke has wide blue eyes with remarkably long lashes that lend him the look of a startled gazelle. And he's funny. Very funny.

    It's not just the turbo-charged engine of his delivery; it's the sparkplugs of random connections and word associations that fire it - collisions of words and ideas that take his material beyond observational humour.

    Sunday Herald
  • The prodigious talent of Des Clarke shone like no other comedian. His versatility and natural instinct for entertainment radiated vivacity... he's conquered the comedy world with his stuttering ingenuity. His energy is boundless. Des Clarke is on the cusp of stardom.

    The List
  • He's a blistering cacophony of comic neurosis, whose fusion of speed and erratic nonsense is incredible. A true Scottish comedy genius in waiting

    The List
  • Frenetic humour with the young scattergun ace

    The Guardian
  • Touched by genius... Displaying unjustifiable depths of talent in someone so young. His comedy was astonishing and indescribably funny leaving the audience breathless

    Edinburgh Evening News
  • So funny it's almost painful to watch him perform... genius in action.

  • Memorable, distinctive and very popular... he is a comedic Kalashnikov.

    The Stage
  • This boy could be a genius. He speaks in a stammering wall of sound... then a full sentence emerges it stands out as starkly as a rhyming couplet. The man's a poet.

  • Frighteningly young and frighteningly talented, Clarke - with an E - is going to be a star.

  • Behind the nervous energy and apparent tangents lies a quick-witted comic mind. The result is something as entertaining as it is original.

    The Herald
  • An irresistible comedian... simply unmissable

    Daily Record