Toby Hadoke

Toby Hadoke

A stage manner more engaging than Henry VIII, and a wit sharper than an executioner's axe.

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One of the circuits leading comperes - an expert ringmaster, tackles hecklers with relish and zeal. A comedy genius.


Toby Hadoke is the highly regarded regular compere at XS Malarkey, Manchester’s multi-award winning comedy venue, which he also runs. He has also headlined at many Northern comedy venues and is an accomplished serious actor with experience on television, the stage and even in an opera!

Toby’s stand-up is renowned for its topicality and occasionally uncompromising political slant, and his delivery giddily straddles the humbly self-deprecating to the ferociously in-your-face.

He was the inaugural winner of the Les Dawson Award for Services To Comedy at the 2003 North West Comedy Awards.

In 2008 he won the Chortle Award for Best Off-Stage Contribution for his work promoting comedy in the North West and at XS Malarkey.