BARRY CASTAGNOLA has been performing stand up for well over ten years since blagging his way onto the stage at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His easy-going yet very physical style, mixing personal anecdotes with some sharp topical and political comment, enthuses audiences at all of the major comedy clubs in the UK. He has performed in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, Dubai, Oman, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, The Melbourne Comedy Festival, Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and The Reading and Leeds Festivals. and has created, appeared on and written for numerous television projects.
2014 saw him perform in a number of hidden camera shows including The Secret Interview ( Channel 5), Eye Spy (Channel 4) and Dom Joly’s primetime ITV show, Fool Britannia. He was also a regular cast member of the MTV comedy Flash Prank.
Barry was the creator and one third of the spoof eco-warrior dance-music act Cyderdelic (with Marc Wootton and Liam Woodman). After two critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows (‘Fantastically innovative and astonishingly funny.’ ***** The List) and a stint on The 11O’Clock Show, Cyderdelic won the inaugural BBC2 Green Light Award for comedy, the prize for which was a one-off programme for the channel. This was then developed into a six-part series for BBC3. Cyderdelic: The Revolution Will Be Televised, narrated by the legendary John Peel and broadcast in 2004, is a hilarious combination of jaw-dropping stunts, direct action, merry mischief and character comedy. It quickly achieved cult-status and is still revered by comedy fans.
‘Impressive and hilarious’ Daily Telegraph ‘Unmissable. The Office meets Greenpeace’ Zoo
His 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Show, The Donny Donkins ‘AS (hopefully soon to be) SEEN ON TV!’ Show, was a critical success and played to sold-out audiences.
‘A satire on stand up, comedy agents and much more, it is also hysterically funny, faced paced and full of energy…an unmissable show.’ GQ (Top 10 Picks of the Fringe)