Joz Norris was born in 1989 and lived uneventfully until his late teens. At the University of East Anglia he started dabbling in comedy as both a stand-up and as the writer of several award-winning scripted comedy shows on student radio and moved to London in 2011 to pursue comedy further. To date he has written and performed two solo character shows, Joz Norris is Matt Fisher: Uberperson (a 45-minute show which played a short run at EdFringe 2012) and Joz Norris Has Gone Missing, (his first full Edinburgh show in 2013); and five solo stand-up/nonsense/storytelling/character/conceptual theatre shows, 2014's Awkward Prophet, 2015's Hey Guys!; 2016's Hello, Goodbye, 2017's The Incredible Joz Norris Locks Himself Inside His Own Show, Then Escapes, Against All The Odds!! and 2019's Joz Norris Is Dead. Long Live Mr Fruit Salad. His 2017 and 2019 shows were among the Guardian's Recommended Shows of the Fringe, the 2017 show is available to stream as a special on NextUp and Amazon Prime, and his 2019 show won the Comedians' Choice Award for Best Show, was nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality, sold out its entire Fringe run,and transferred to a sold-out extended run at Soho Theatre. His solo shows have also played several comedy and arts festivals nationally and internationally, including sold-out critic's choice runs at VAULT Festival, and he has staged one-off performance art pieces at Leicester Comedy Festival including a solo show performed simultaneously in two adjacent venues at the same time.

​He is a frequent collaborator with Heroes of Fringe and has taken part in festivals with them as well as being involved in their Christmas Comedy Grotto venue for the two years of its existence. He is a regular member of the Chortle Award-winning Weirdos Collective (Comedy Event of the Year, Chortle Awards 2018), and has had a major role in most of their various projects since 2012, including all five of their annual alternative pantos, which have been critic's choice in the Guardian, the Times, the Independent, TimeOut and many more. He is a Board Member of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society and a regular member of the Chortle Award-nominated Comedian's Cinema Club.

He wrote and starred in his own acclaimed autobiographical webseries The Girl Whisperer, co-starring Ralf Little, for Little Rock Pictures, which was an Official Selection at the LA Webseries Festival in 2017, where he was shortlisted for awards for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Lead Actor. His sitcom scripts Deathbed and Job Pig were performed to acclaim at the Soho Theatre as part of The Comedy Project in 2016 and 2019, as was his comedy thriller collaboration with Ed Aczel, Ed & Joz's Heist Movie, in 2018, which has subsequently been adapted and filmed as a sitcom pilot sponsored by Tiger Aspect. He has written, produced and acted in two short films for Turtle Canyon Comedy in collaboration with director Matthew Highton, 2016's Double Act and 2017's Robert Johnson & The Devil Man, and produced, co-wrote and starred in The Babyan art-horror-comedy collaboration with Lucy Pearman, Sam Nicoresti and Lottie Bowater which was a finalist at several film festivals in 2018. He starred in and contributed additional material to Hodge Podge, a sketch pilot for Channel 4; played the regular role of inept intern Toby Tadpin in the Shambles webseries; played a guest role in the ITV2 sketch show @elevenish and in John Kearns' edition of UKTV's The Dave Talks, and appears in BBC3's upcoming Blindboy Undestroys The World. In 2015 he won Outstanding Supporting Actor at LA WebFest for his performance in the webseries The Backbenchers, and he has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4 Extra's The Comedy Club Interviews and BBC Radio 4's Film Programme. He staged a performance art piece about truth and fiction with Bob Slayer on an episode of ITV's popular kangaroo court reality TV show Judge Rinder, and has written or co-written and starred in several popular online short-form sketches including Matthew Highton's How To... series, BBC Three's Quickies and his own series of Jonathan Spooky shorts, and he also makes short anti-films in collaboration with Ed Aczel, including their anti-documentary In Search Of Something and their anti-adventure-film Ed & Joz's Da Vinci Code, co-starring Isy Suttie.

He is currently working on a sitcom about the gig economy entitled Job Pig with Zeppotron Productions, and several TV/online collaborations with Ed Aczel, including In Search Of Something, Heist Movie, and a documentary about the Apocalypse. He is also working on a radio special entitled Be Careful What You Pretend To Be with Giddy Goat Productions. He produced a new solo theatre piece for VAULT Festival 2018 entitled 60 Minutes After Feeling Sad, about happiness, sadness, urban loneliness and communication in the 21st century, which was a sell-out and critics' choice performance at VAULT. Also in 2018 he played the title role in Robin Rayner and Viscera Theatre Company's production of TIMMY at Assembly.

 

Chortle

The Skinny

 

The Herald

 

Broadway Baby

 

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Fest

The Wee Review

Rule Of 3 Reviews

Shortcom

 

The List

The Edinburgh Reporter

Fringebiscuit

One4Review

Spark London

Bunbury Magazine

Young Perspective

Fringebiscuit

London Pub Theatres

"Fantastic." - The Guardian

"Joyously silly." - The Evening Standard

"Totally brilliant." - Chortle

"One of the most capable and quirky comedians at the festival...Joz Norris makes his case for most absurd show of the Fringe." - The Wee Review 

"One of the most joyously creative shows you will see at the Fringe this year." - Young Perspective

"All the elements of a critical Edinburgh favourite are here." - Rule Of Three Reviews

"A beautifully fully-fleshed depiction of the human experience." - Shortcom

"The most flamboyant and engaging extreme introvert at the Fringe." - Broadway Baby

"Deeply profound and expertly-executed experimental stand-up." - Fringebiscuit

"An enormously accomplished comedian...All his future shows are guaranteed to be quite, quite unique." - Comedy To Watch

"What can I say about headliner Mr Fruit Salad? No-one can be told what it is; you have to see it for yourself. It's downright stupid and totally hilarious. My sides hurt from laughing so much - an absolute joy to experience." - Now Then Magazine

"Joz Norris is not your typical stand-up comedian...compellingly offbeat and enjpyably relaxed, and topped off by a surreal, disturbing, laugh-out-loud stunt." - VODZilla

"A comedy legend." - To Do List

"There must be praise for Joz Norris, who plays Timmy with natural diffidence." - The Edinburgh Reporter

"Exceptional...exquisite comic timing...speaks volumes with the slightest expression and movement of his body." - London Pub Theatres

"Had the audience in the palm of his hand before his body even appeared onstage...Mesmerising." - One4Review

"Wonderfully compelling." - British Comedy Guide, 2017

"Brilliantly written and superbly executed from start to finish, this really is one of the best shows of the Fringe." - Bunbury Magazine, 2017

"Like the man himself, this show is impossible to dislike." - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, 2017

"Joz Norris weaves a peculiar world with a lovely show...A delight." - The Skinny, 2017

"A head bursting full of ideas nobody else will ever have." - Laugh Out London, 2017

"Simply one of the most joyous comedians around...an unflappable, boundless ball of energy." - The Comedy Verdict

"A skilful and thoughtful writer who fastidiously avoids boring or obvious choices...Norris excels at being unselfconsciously daft...Adventurous and risk-taking" - TVBomb, 2016

"By far and away one of our favourite shows of the Fringe, consistently silly and stupid throughout." - Laugh Out London, 2016

"Genuinely medicinal and cheers the soul...Wonderfully daft and brilliant ideas." - British Comedy Guide, 2016

"Eerie, mysterious and unique...Funny and absorbing." - Short Com, on Robert Johnson & The Devil Man

"No matter how your Fringe is going, how wet it is outside, how tired you are, how hungover you are or how many student theatre pieces you’ve seen, Joz Norris is among the few shows to guarantee you leave with a smile and a warmed heart. Engaging and affable with a penchant for silly ideas that will stick in your head.​" - Laugh Out London, 2016

"A very confident and charming performer...His dedication to the craft is admirable and he really does have a massive future ahead of him." - Bunbury Magazine, 2016

"Now THAT'S what I call absurdist silly comedy...What joy that Joz Norris seems to be the real deal. Bags of energy and a madcap style reminiscent of a young Jim Carrey." - The Girl With The Edinburgh Tattoo

"Surreal and silly...A fine performer of considerable talents." - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, 2016

"An excitable flibbertigibbet...Excellent." - Chortle, 2015

 

"He is a born entertainer, but also a great comedy writer...Norris is clearly a young comic going places." - Chortle, 2014

 

"A potentially massive future comedy star." - The Herald

 

"An absolute idiot...simple, silly and screamingly funny." - Fest, 2015

 

"Joz Norris is like a children's teacher who has been put in charge of some adults for once. This is not an insult...Inspired." - The Skinny, 2015

"It's genuinely quite hard to play the clarinet that out-of-tune. You play it in a very interesting way that I've never seen anybody do before." - Mick Quinn from Supergrass

"Joz Norris is in a box. This isn't a surprise, as we've watched him get in it....Writing this a day later, it's still unclear if this is part of the act or not. That really gives you an idea of how unusual the set is. This is comedy for people who don't take themselves too seriously...Wonderfully silly." - Cup Of Beans Comedy

"A Fringe regular at the forefront of the interesting comedy revolution." - York Press

"A cult comedy legend." - Dead Cat Comedy

"Atypical strange nonsense from Joz Norris, the celebrated extroverted introvert." - Manchester Wire

"A performance equal parts terrifying and hysterically hilarious." - Broadway Baby

 

"Giddy, fanciful, creative and funny." - TVBomb, 2015

 

"Either masterful or accidental...brilliantly executed." - Fest, 2014

 

"Norris has created a genuinely brilliant character, performed with a confidence that belies his years and a pomp that defies the room. The audience loves every second...Norris is one to watch and a real talent for the future." - The Skinny, 2012

 

"Norris is uber-confident, but he has the material to back up his tenacity." - Time Out

 

"His relentless enthusiasm and likeability are the perfect vehicle for some inspired thoughts and innate playfulness." - Laugh Out London, 2014

"Tremendously enjoyable...He could break through massively." - The Increasingly Prestigious John Fleming

 

"Wholly unexpected, funny and touching...You won't have to keep an eye out for him - he'll be everywhere." - The Ripple

 

"Joz Norris may have gone missing but his comic ability is still evidently present." - Three Weeks

 

"The kind of cheeky smile that must have been a hit with the dinnerladies...Norris performs with indefatigable gusto and not a hint of pretension...quality moments of silliness." - London is Funny

 

"One of the most exciting comic character creations on the up-and-coming comedy scene...if there's a space to watch, it's this one!" - Comedy Blogedy



"Actually pretty good." - Terry Pratchett



"Unscripted and effortless, and full of natural wit." - Islington Now

 

"Some of the most original and involving comedy I've seen." - Theatre Geek



"For this young and talented comic, the future is undoubtedly bright." - The Comedy Journal



Joz Norris (I) is (am) represented by Hollie Ebdon at Ebdon Management - hollie@ebdonmgt.com