ABOUT STUART MCPHERSON
Having made his first forays into comedy by writing sketches for TV, Stuart started doing stand-up in 2015, reaching the final of Chortle’s Student competition in his first few months and getting to perform at Latitude Festival to over 2000 people.
In 2016 Stuart reached the final of prestigious comedy competition ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as ‘Scottish Comedian of the Year’. Stuart was voted ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2016 Scottish Comedy Awards.
In 2017 Stuart appeared in BBC 1 Scotland sit-com ‘Scot Squad’, playing online investigator Archie Pepper, and once again reached the final of ‘Scottish Comedian of the Year’. He also performed his first full run at the Edinburgh Fringe, with his friend Donald.
In 2018, Stuart performed his first hour-long show at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, which sold out. Stuart was also made a permanent cast member in BBC 1’s ‘Scot Squad’ which went on to win a Scottish BAFTA. Stuart had to buy a suit for the event and got absolutely hammered. Stuart once again performed at the Fringe with his friend Donald, as well as doing his own 45 minute work-in-progress show.
Further to this, in 2018, Stuart performed stand-up on television for the first time, as part of ‘The Comedy Underground’ and played himself in his own segment on sketch show ‘The State of It’, both of which went out on BBC Scotland.
In 2019 Stuart once again appeared as Archie Pepper in Scot Squad series 5 and reached the final of the Amused Moose National New Comic competition. In August, he played to sold-out rooms at Monkey Barrel Comedy Club at the Edinburgh Festival with his debut hour-long show 'Mr. November', which garnered praise from audiences and critics alike as well as being named one of The Skinny's top comedy shows of 2019. Following on from the Fringe, Stuart supported one of his comedy heroes, John Kearns, on tour and appeared in his own segment on satirical BBC Scotland series 'The State of It'. Further to this, Stuart (as Archie Pepper) interviewed the main Scottish Political party leaders for an online series of special Scot Squad shorts called 'Leaders Off The Record', which is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
In 2020 Stuart continues to live, love, learn and perform live comedy. He is currently writing a new show to bring to the Glasgow, Brighton and Edinburgh comedy festivals. He will once again appear in Scot Squad series 6, as well as trying to write a project he is not allowed to discuss and tentatively attempting Couch To 5K.
‘A rising star’ – The Metro
A bleak, existential cry about the mundane futility of existence. With jokes. Strong stuff indeed’ – Chortle
‘Elegantly crafted, full of ludicrous description and hilariously ratcheted-up.’ – The Scotsman
'a highly engaging storyteller and, like any good comic, it very much feels like it’s only you in the room with him. What sets McPherson apart as a performer is there’s yet to be anyone else to explore the pain that comes with being a ‘millenial’ with quite so much accuracy and intimacy... [They] aren’t topics that scream comedy gold mine. But in McPherson’s hands, they are beyond hilarious.' **** - The Skinny
‘A densely-written, gag-packed show of drily-delivered, exasperated cynicism. Consistently funny. Even, sometimes especially, when he goes off-script’ **** - FringeMonkey
'The Skinny' Top comedy shows, Edinburgh Fringe 2019
John Kearns Tour Support, 2019
Amused Moose National New Comic Final 2019
Scottish Comedian of the Year Final 2017 & 2016
So You Think You're Funny? Final 2016
Best Newcomer, Scottish Comedy Awards 2016
Chortle Student Comedy Awards Final 2015
As a performer:
TV / Online
Scot Squad, BBC Scotland 2017 - present
Socially DIstant with Susan Calman, BBC Scotland, 2020
Scot Squad: Leaders Off The Record, BBC iPlayer, 2019
The State of It, BBC Scotland, 2018, 2019
Bad Influencer, BBC Scotland, 2019
Sanjeev Kohli's Big Talk, BBC Scotland, 2019
Leaving Facebook, Channel 4 Sparks
The Comedy Underground, BBC Scotland, 2018
Stop The Press, BBC Radio Scotland, 2018
The Comedy Underground, BBC Radio Scotland, 2018
BBC New Comedy Award, BBC Radio 4 Xtra, 2017, 2019
as a writer:
The State of It, BBC Scotland, 2018 - present
Breaking the News, BBC Scotland, 2019
Sketchland, BBC Two Scotland, 2015
What's Funny About... The Indyref, BBC Two Scotland, 2014
Breaking the News, BBC Radio Scotland, 2017, 2018
Newsjack, BBC Radio 4 Xtra, 2017
ICYMI: Stuart McPherson on Peep Show, The Skinny