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Julian Dutton

Comedy writer/performer

Julian Dutton is a writer and performer principally for TV & Radio whose work has won a British Comedy Award and a BAFTA. Described by the BBC as 'one of the best vocal performers around,' he was born in London and has toured as an actor throughout the UK & Europe: as a comedian and impressionist he has appeared in the West End supporting many of Britain's top comics like Harry Hill and Al Murray. He co-created, wrote & performed in BBC1's hit comedy series 'The Big Impression,' and his TV sitcom 'Scoop' for CBBC is now in its third series. He has written & performed in more than two hundred radio comedy shows, including his own series ‘Truly Madly Bletchley,’ ‘The Harpoon,’ co-created and co-written with Peter Baynham, and the hit impressions show ‘The Secret World,’ in which he co-stars alongside Jon Culshaw. He has had columns in 'The Sunday Times,' 'The Independent on Sunday' and the 'London Evening Standard.' He has written two books, 'Shakespeare’s Journey Home: a Traveller’s Guide through Elizabethan England,’ and ‘The Bumper Book of Curious Clubs,’ a miscellany of eccentric societies. His third book, ‘Keeping Quiet: the Story of Visual Comedy in the age of Sound, 1927-2014,’ will be published later this year.

He is the co-creator and co-writer of the forthcoming BBC1 series ‘Pompidou, ‘ starring Matt Lucas. The first all-visual dialogue-free TV series for nearly twenty years since Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean, the series is being filmed in 2014 for broadcast later in the year.

He lives in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire, England, with his children Jack & Florence.

Holy Fool: Stan Laurel: June 16th 1890 - Feb 23rd 1965

The key to Laurel's success, then, was his embrace of the truth of failure. And the world - fraught with the tedious pretension of success and the struggle for accomplishment - loved him for it, still loves him for it.
25/02/2015 09:58 GMT

Laughter Is Not Happiness: Comedy and Depression (Robin Williams 1951-2014)

After Robin Williams' (probable yet unconfirmed at the time of writing) suicide at the age of just 63, the question is once more in the air - are comedians more prone to depression than, say, plumbers, gamekeepers or human resources managers? Does the iconic 'tears of a clown' cultural trope have any basis in fact? My instinct is to say no, it doesn't - but it is just that, instinct, for I have no data. It is a difficult case to prove, for the evidence to the contrary seems so overwhelming. When a comedian like Robin Williams or Tony Hancock takes their own life, with all the consequent publicity engendered by those tragedies, it is definitely tempting to conclude 'there goes another one.'
12/08/2014 18:34 BST

Stewart Lee: A Revolution in Standup

Some artistic revolutions are only recognised in hindsight, some spotted when they're actually happening. Vasari knew he was living through a Renaissance, so did Brian Epstein. As Stewart Lee's 3rd television series comes to an end it's clear to me that nothing less than a one-man revolution in stand-up comedy has occurred.
10/04/2014 20:24 BST

Reflections on Bob Larbey (1934-2014)

I was going to say that Bob Larbey was the last of the great practitioners of the big mainstream audience TV sitcom, but amazingly, by the grace of God, the old pioneers themselves are still alive - Galton and Simpson, the Lennon & McCartney of the half-hour comedy.
06/04/2014 15:10 BST

Why Stewart Lee Is Wrong About Slapstick

It's quite obvious that Del Boy's fall through the bar is far more than slapstick. It is one of the most complex and richly persistent gags in world culture - the undermining of the male peacock, the crumpling of male vanity, the puncturing of the deluded male ego: in short, the perennial comedy of the mating game.
03/03/2014 17:03 GMT