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About Joz

Joz Norris is an acclaimed writer, performer and, indeed, writer-performer. He makes unusual shows for the Edinburgh Fringe that sit somewhere between absurdist comedy and conceptual theatre, including the smash hit Joz Norris Is Dead. Long Live Mr Fruit Salad. (winner of the Comedians’ Choice Award for Best Show, nominee for the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality, the Chortle Award for Best Music & Variety Act, and longlisted for the Edinburgh Comedy Award) and Blink (one of the Evening Standard’s Top 20 comedy shows of 2022, and sponsored by Arts Council England), both of which transferred to multiple runs at Soho Theatre.

In 2020 he adapted You Build The Thing You Think You Are, which would have been a new live show, into a feature film streamed online which was acclaimed as one of the comedy highlights of the year by both the Guardian and the Telegraph.

He also writes and performs in scripted narrative comedy projects, especially in radio and short film. His original sitcom for BBC Radio 4, The Dream Factory, co-written with Miranda Holms, was a radio pick of the week in the Observer, the Times, the Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday, and was featured on Radio 4’s Comedy of the Week podcast, and his Radio 4 comedy special A Small Talk On Small Talk was a Guardian Audio Pick of the Week. He was also the co-host and co-creator of BBC Radio 4’s Useless Millennials with Roxy Dunn.

His sitcom collaboration with Ed Aczel, Ed & Joz’s Heist Movie, was produced as a non-broadcast pilot by Tiger Aspect. His short films and webseries (including The Baby, a horror-art-comedy collaboration with Lucy Pearman, Sam Nicoresti & Lottie Bowater; and The Girl Whisperer, a webseries co-written by and co-starring The Royle Family’s Ralf Little) have been Official Selections and award-winners at film festivals worldwide, and his sitcom scripts have been staged to acclaim at live readings at Soho Theatre.

​He has also written for BBC Radio 4’s award-winning The Skewer and is a regular contributor to John-Luke Roberts’ BBC Audio Drama Award-winning Sound Heap podcast. He has appeared on podcasts including RHLSTP and Nobody Panic, and appeared in sketches for programmes on BBC Three, Channel 4, Comedy Central, ITV2 and Dave.

 

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Joz is currently developing and pitching several narrative scripted comedy projects, including Flake with Miranda Holms (currently in development with Hat Trick) and solo scripted projects The Happiness Chain (recently longlisted for the David Nobbs Memorial Trust New Comedy Writing Award and the Shortcom Sitcom Competition); Your Child & I and The Last One You’d Expect. He recently released his latest short film, Dog House, and the comedy special Joz Norris Is Dead. Long Live Mr Fruit SaladHe is co-writing the audio horror project Radio Summerisle with Elf Lyons and Matthew Highton, is in pre-production for a new podcast with Alison Thea-Skot, and is currently a regular guest on podcasts such as John-Luke Roberts’ Sound Heap and Rosie Holt’s NonCensored. He is also directing Edy Hurst’s new live show The Discoverie Of Witchcraft In The County Of Edy Hurst, Cerys Bradley’s show Queer Tales For Autistic Folk and Cerys Bradley’s show Yuck.

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What People Say?

A skilful and thoughtful writer who fastidiously avoids boring or obvious choices and excels at being unselfconsciously daft.

TV Bomb.
★★★★★

Young Perspective.
★★★★★

The Morning Star.
★★★★

Totally brilliant.

Chortle.

A comedy legend.

To Do List.

Utterly unique, very weird and a wee bit wonderful.

Fest.
★★★★

Beyond The Joke.

Joyously silly.

The Evening Standard.

A beautifully fully-fleshed depiction of the human experience.

Shortcom.

A sort of absurdist Simon Amstell…seldom can half an hour have been so densely packed with meta comedy and existential…

The Guardian.

Really does capture the spirit of creative Fringe comedy.

The Guardian.
★★★★

A brilliant show that is not short of ambition…it packs a terrific punch.

The Evening Standard.