Julian Dutton
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.


Entries by Julian Dutton

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

(1) Comments | Posted 23 February 2015 | (12:39)

On March 25 1929 two comedians arrived on set to begin work on their first sound picture. The atmosphere, usually so happy and carefree (the nickname for the Hal Roach studio was the 'Lot of Fun') was peculiarly tense. Strange signs had appeared on walls and on the door leading...

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

(2) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (00:00)

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...

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Stewart Lee: A Revolution in Standup

(1) Comments | Posted 11 April 2014 | (00:00)

In a collection of critical essays published in 1929 as a prolegomena to the appearance of Joyce's Finnegans Wake, Our Exagmination round his Factification of Incamination of Work in Progress, Samuel Beckett begins his contribution with the words "With Joyce, form is content." With Stewart Lee, comedy is content: Joyce's...

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Reflections on Bob Larbey (1934-2014)

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2014 | (13:50)

T.S. Eliot said 'A great writer writes his time.' Can a TV comedy writer write his time? Bob Larbey, responsible with John Esmonde for many of this country's finest TV sitcoms from the mid-sixties to the late eighties, certainly did. No one captured the strange paralysing love-hate angst of English...

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Why Stewart Lee Is Wrong About Slapstick

(15) Comments | Posted 3 March 2014 | (23:00)

With a recent episode of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's magnificent BBC2 series Inside No.9 proving that silent comedy is far from dead, (episode two, A Quiet Night In,) and with BBC1 about to start filming a forthcoming six-part 'silent' series created by Matt Lucas, myself and Ashley Blaker (for...

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