• "Scotland's star of Stage, TV and Radio"
  • Multi Award Winning Performer
  • So funny it's almost painful to watch him perform. Genius in action.



  • Wednesday  15th  Mar 
    Citizens Theatre. Desneyland 8pm
  • Monday  20th  Mar 
    Kings Theatre, Hosting 'Stand up against MND'



Exciting news for Des as he returns to the Glasgow Comedy Festival with his latest show Desneyland. Described as the “Ultimate Comedy Thrill Ride”.  All previous shows have sold out at this venue so it promises to be another hot ticket. Des hits the stage on Wednesday 15th March at The Citizens Theatre. Grab your […]


Fans of Channel 5 are seeing plenty of Des this year as he returns for another run of Laugh Out Loud. The clip show has been a huge success for the network and has proved a massive hit around the world. Once again Des joins some of the country’s favourite comics to give their unique […]


Des recently joined a team of fellow comedians to film a celebrity episode of long running BBC quiz Eggheads. Together they pit their wits against the toughest and most famous team of brainboxes in the country. Will Des crack an Egghead? Look out for the episode, scheduled for broadcast on BBC2 in Spring 2017.


BBC Radio Scotland’s hit news panel show is back for 2017. Fresh from it’s nomination for Best Radio Panel Show in the Comedy.co.uk Awards – the only non network show to receive this accolade.  Des returns as host in what promises to be the biggest series yet. Tickets are already in high demand so follow […]


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 star presenters.

Des is a much loved voice on the airwaves and can be heard waking up central Scotland every morning as host of the Capital Breakfast Show. He also fronts hit comedy series Breaking The News on BBC Radio Scotland.

Clarke’s radio work has earned him widespread recognition, winning a British Radio Award and two Scottish Comedy Awards. In addition to nominations in the Arqiva, Celtic Media, Comedy.co.uk and Sony Awards.

Over the years he has interviewed some of the showbiz world’s biggest names including Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry. 

The last few years have been massive for Des. He hosted the live Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony to a global TV audience of 1 billion viewers. After which he performed live to thousands again, providing entertainment and commentary at both the Six Nations Rugby and Scotland international football matches.

He has also become one of Scotland’s best loved panto stars. Starring at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow annually since 2012.

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, Andy Murray Live, Club Cupid, Sportsround and Children in Need. 

Stand-up comedy remains Des’s 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)

  • Scottish Comedy Award

    Best Radio Show

  • Celtic Media Award

    Best Radio Comedy (Runner Up)

  • Comedy.co.uk Award

    Best Radio Panel Show (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