Alistair McGowan is an impressionist and actor best known for BBC One’s, BAFTA-winning The Big Impression; his take-offs of David Beckham, Dot Cotton, Richard Madeley and Gary Lineker became legendary. Obsessed with the art of impressions, he constantly updates his ‘victims’ – and is admired for his impressions of sports stars, TV stars and political figures alike.
He has been delighting and amazing corporate audiences for over a decade and established a reputation as a truly safe pair of hands when it comes to acting as an awards host or performing after-dinner comedy. He recently added swathes of new voices to his repertoire after starring in The Week That Wasn’t – so his appeal is broader than ever.
Alistair has worked extensively in theatre throughout his career and appeared in the West End in Art, as The Emcee in Cabaret, the Mikado in The Mikado, Henry Higgins in Pygmalion and The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors (for which he received an Olivier nomination).In 2014, he played Professor Henry Higgins in a 16-week theatre tour – alongside Jamie Foreman as Doolittle and Rula Lenska as Mrs Higgins. He has more recently played the title role in Jonathan Maitland’s play, An Audience With Jimmy Savile at The Park Theatre in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. His performance received universally rave reviews.
He has featured on Who Do You Think You Are, hosted Have I Got News For You and appeared on Live At The Apollo and countless other TV stand-up shows in a 25-year career. 2018 saw him back on TV, providing voices for the critically-accalimed, impressions-based comedy show, ‘The Week That Wasn’t’ on Sky One. He was one of the small number of comedians invited to perform for Prince Charles at his 70th birthday celebration on ITV1 and also took part in two episodes of ITV1’s new panel show for impressionists, ‘The Imitiation Game’.
In 2017, despite having only played the piano in earnest for four years, he released, ‘Alistair McGowan ; The Piano Album’ through Sony Classical, which went to Number One in The Official Classical Charts. In 2018, he toured a show called, ‘Introductions to Classical Piano’ in which he played many of the pieces from the album and additional works – interspersed with stories about the composers, the pieces and his own classical ‘journey’ with more than a a sprinkling of wit and and a side-order of impressions. The show was very well-received and he will be touring again with it in 2019. A pared down version of this show is an excellent choice for ‘Evening With…’ style corporate functions and Art and Society events.
He will be back on tour later in 2019 doing purely stand-up and impressions alongside Jasper Carrott (“An Evening Shared with Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan”) – following a sell-out run at the end of 2018 which garnered universally good reviews for the pair.
As well as his passions for music and sport, Alistair is a particularly good choice for events relating to environmental conservation and renewable energies.
“Alistair was fantastic at [the] event. My client would like to book him to host next year’s event!” Entrepreneur’s Circle Awards
“Even if Alistair McGowan wasn’t an impressionist and stuck simply to stand-up gaggery, he’d surely be one of the best comics on the circuit. As it is, he gives us a double layer of excellence.” (thisisnottingham.co.uk)