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2019’s tour of Australia and New Zealand was a great success with Jimmy performing at the Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth festivals culminating in a sold out run in Auckland and Wellington. 

Jimmy’s 9th show BA (Hons) played to full rooms and critical acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The show was selected as one of the Scotsman newspaper critic’s ‘best shows to see in Edinburgh’- view Kate Copstick’s review here and The Pick of Edinburgh review here. Jimmy hosted the prestigious ‘Pick of the Fringe 2019’ at the Sheraton Hotel for the third time. He will be taking BA (Hons) out on the road in 2020 performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and more TBC. 

Jimmy performed in Canada for the first time this Autumn appearing at the renowned Yuk Yuks comedy chain. He is currently in Olso performing at Latter Comedy Club. Until Christmas you can catch Jimmy at all the top comedy clubs around the UK, see the ‘Live’ section for exact dates and locations. 

Jimmy will be touring down under in the winter and spring of 2020 and then it will be onto solo show number 10 at the Edinburgh Fringe. Jimmy hosted the 2019 Cloud Excellence Awards to great acclaim and will be hosting the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards in November and performing at the Professional Golfers Association Annual lunch in December. He can also be seen warming up the studio audience for the Graham Norton Show this series. 

Jimmy was an Assistant Producer for the BBC’s Science and History Dept, having spent seven years working in factual television before he ran off to join the stand up comedy circus professionally in 2009. Since then he has performed stand up all over the world and appeared on numerous television and radio programmes including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Comedy Central, ABC Australia, THREE New Zealand, Absolute Radio and many more.

He is “a brilliant talent” (The Scotsman) and with “an easy charm and appealing relaxed manner” (Chortle), he has performed 10 solo shows at festivals around the world including the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival and New Zealand International Comedy festival.

He is now a top circuit act in the UK, as well as a highly sought after corporate awards host and TV warm up artist. He regularly provides the studio warm up for BBC1’s Graham Norton Show, ITV’s Loose Women and Ch4’s Deal or No Deal.

“Exquisitely done, with a compelling, simmering fury… impressive”

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  • 26 NOV: EE Zoom 2020 Comedy set
  • 22 OCT: CISCO Web X TechZone 2020 Comedy set
  • 23 SEPT: Nice N’ Spiky Christmas Showcase, White City House 2020 Host
  • 23 JAN: ‘Call on Kallo’ health hotline 2020 Host
  • 29 DEC: Professional Golfer’s Association Annual Lunch 2019 Comedy set
  • 5 DEC: Medilink East Midlands Awards 2019 Host
  • 27 NOV: SDC Awards 2019 Comedy set
  • 13 NOV: Future Leaders Awards 2019 Host
  • 19 SEP: Cloud Excellence Awards 2019 Host
  • 18 SEP: Managed Services and Hosting Awards 2019 Extended comedy set
  • 27 JUNE: Horticulture Awards 2019 Host
  • 8 FEB: Causeway V.3.0 Kick off 2019 Extended comedy set
  • 7 FEB: Bristol Property Dinner 2019 Extended comedy set
  • 6 DEC: HSBC Christmas Party 2018 Extended comedy set
  • 30 NOV: Blog Awards 2018 Host + set, JLA
  • 22 NOV: ProSound Awards 2018 Host + set, JLA
  • 1 NOV: Carwow Comedy Night vol 2 2018 Comedy set, JLA
  • 26 OCT: DEBRA Fight Night 2018 Host + set
  • 28 JUNE: Install Awards 2018 Host + set JLA
  • 27 JUNE: EuroMoney Dinner 2018 Comedy set, JLA
  • 7 JUNE: Mobile Phone Industry Awards 2018 Host + set, JLA
  • 23 NOV: 2017 SVC Awards 2017 Comedy set, JLA
  • 28 SEP: ProSound Awards 2017Host and comedy set, NewBay Media
  • 27 SEP: Forex Awards 2017Comedy set, JLA
  • 21 SEP: Euromoney Dinner 2017Comedy set, JLA
  • 22 AUG: Randolph Hill Carehome Group Summer PartyHost, Jongleurs
  • 29 JULY: Install Awards 2017Host and comedy set, JLA
  • 28 JULY: DAF DinnerComedy set, Speakout ltd
  • 11 JULY: WatchMojoYou Tube, host and warm up, Talbot Productions
  • 13 JUNE: Sheffield Dealmakers Awards 2017Host and comedy set, JLA
  • 16 MAY: JobCrowd Top Companies Awards 2017Host and comedy set, JLA

Jimmy has performed at and hosted over 100 corporate events for companies such as Coco-Cola, Google, YouTube, Shell, Nestle, McDonalds, DAF, ProSound, Insider, Deutshe Bank, JP Morgan, HSBC and many more.

To contact Jimmy regarding possible corporate bookings, please email:

BA (Hons) Edinburgh 2019

He's travelled the world from festival to festival taking in the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Canberra, Perth and Sydney Comedy Festivals as well as the New Zealand Comedy festival. Phew. That’s a lot of festivals.No wonder he hasn’t settled down.

"A comic who is supremely good at what he does, even when he is not doing very much”

The Scotsman

NEED(Y) Edinburgh 2018

An analogue man in a digital world, marooned as a bachelor amongst a sea of marriages and kids, Jimmy continues to steer clear of anything too serious in life and not step on any millennial language land mines.

"This is all tightly-packed, twinkly, high-octane funny. I have no idea why this man is not all over Live at the Apollo like a rash."

★★★★ The Scotsman


Edinburgh 2017 He has finally checked in his ego and will be appearing as part of the socialist utopia of the Free Festival. A proper pro for no dough!

‘McGhie reminds you that an hour of pure stand-up comedy can be a great thing’ 

★★★★ Scotsman

APOLOGIA Edinburgh 2016

This is Jimmy's sixth solo hour, so according to best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, that means he's only 9,994 hours away from being brilliant. Not that it's Jimmy's fault it's taking so long.



Confronting masculinity, mortality, the sins of the father and his complete inability to resist a good salesman. Along the way he encounters some vicious anti-corporate satirists, and explains how various early childhood humiliations made him what he is today: a clown.

★★★★ Scotsman


Painfully brilliant, pathologically charming and frequently deluded Jimmy McGhie slinks back to Edinburgh after bunking last year. After performing to great acclaim all over the world, from Mumbai to Melbourne, Jimmy returns with more soulful and searingly honest stand-up.



“Grown-up, insightful comedy that isn’t dependent on shock value and still had me thinking about issues he’d raised hours after the show. Excellent.”

★★★★ Chortle


“Last year I said he had “one to watch” stamped on his forehead; well, this year he has “see him now before you have to queue around the O2″ stamped on his forehead. There are few comics I can think of who have the sheer star quality of Jimmy McGhie. He is the perfect little comedy package.”

★★★★ Scotsman


“Hilarious, self deprecating and lovable… A fantastic storyteller.”

★★★★★ Three Weeks

“He is wonderful with audience interaction, smartly self-effacing and I cannot think of any possible reason for his not being a huge star.”
The Scotsman


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