Multi award winning comedian Jeff Innocent has reached legendary status among his peers and audiences alike by staying at the top of his game for over 20 years.
His unique appeal lies in the contrast between his east end 'geezer’ appearance and demeanour, and his educated, philosophical delivery and culturally relevant subject matter.
Always original, he continues to cement his position within the history of British stand up comedians with his regular performances on the UK and world live comedy circuit and has recently acquired a whole new generation of fans, through his online viral video clips.
Jeff Innocent started his comedy career in the mid 90’s at the age of 41 after a colourful and eventful life. He was born in the mid 1950’s and grew up in London’s east end. His family included a father and brothers best described as ‘entrepreneurs’. Jeff’s artistic tendencies took him in a different career direction however and over the years he has worked variously as a window dresser in the trendy 70’s world of London's Kings Rd and Carnaby St fashion shops. A Jamaican music DJ, an interest he maintains. And in 1987 he went to university as a mature student to study Cultural History at BA and MA.
As a teenager he was part of several drama groups that included the Newham Youth Theatre and the East End Soapbox Theatre, Appearing regularly at the radical Half Moon Theatre in London's Aldgate. It was in 1996, after a gap of 25 years, that Jeff resumed his passion for performing by enrolling in a stand-up comedy course (a 40th birthday gift) tutored by the legendary alternative stand up pioneer Tony Allen. Since then Jeff has performed stand-up comedy not just in the UK but in such far flung and unlikely locations as Viet Nam, Abu Dhabi, China, the Philippines, India, Norway, South Africa and Kuala Lumpur to name just a few.
As well as his stand up comedy Jeff has also been able to pursue a modest acting and writing career, including several TV and movie performances and contributing to various publications and websites on a range of subjects.
He still lives in London’s east end and his passion for performing and teaching stand up comedy remains undiminished with age.
Along with his stand up comedy, Jeff has been able to pursue a parallel acting and writing career. This includes TV and movie performances and contributions to various printed and online publications on a range of subjects, including Jamaican music, environmentalism and youth culture and fashion.