Paul Garner is a comedy writer, performer and producer who has created, written for and appeared in some of the most memorable television comedies of recent years.
Paul started out in radio working with Jo Bunting (now producer of ‘Have I Got News For You’) and Chris Morris (The Day Today, Brass Eye) at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
Paul then contributed to Chris Morris’s weekend radio show at GLR in London before their now infamous stint at BBC Radio 1 in the mid-90’s. It was on this show that Paul made his airport tannoy recordings that have since become an internet phenomenon. He would go to Heathrow and get the tannoy announcer to page passengers whose names were essentially rude phrases written phonetically and disguised as foreign names.
Also in the mid-90’s, Paul hosted his own comedy and unsigned music show on the Chiltern Radio network whilst continuing to write for and appear on various shows at BBC Radio 1 including The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show and The Mark Tonderai Show. Paul also devised, wrote and played all the parts in the spoof Australian soap ‘Strewth Street’ which featured every week on ‘The Kevin Greening Show.’
Paul made the transition to television in the multi-award winning satirical series ‘Brass Eye’, which he wrote for and appeared in. Producers spotted Paul’s potential and invited him to take part in a new topical late night comedy show for Channel 4 called ‘The 11 O’Clock Show’. It was here that Paul worked alongside the likes of Ricky Gervais, Sasha Baron Cohen, Mackenzie Crook, Daisy Donovan and Iain Lee. It was also where he met many of the friends who he would later collaborate with such as Damon Beesley and Iain Morris (The Inbetweeners) and Spencer Millman (Bo Selecta, The Mighty Boosh).
Paul went on to write for and/or appear in such shows as ‘Da Ali G Show’, ‘Bo Selecta’, ‘The Harry Enfield Show’, ‘The Priory’, ‘High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman’ and ‘My New Best Friend’. Paul has also written extensively for comedian Jimmy Carr.
Having worked for several years as a ‘jobbing writer’, Paul decided to concentrate on devising his own shows. He created, wrote and starred in E4/Channel 4’ s ‘The Pilot Show’ which lured celebrities and members of the public into appearing on what they thought were genuine TV shows such as ‘Lapdance Island’ and ‘Who Wants To Be A Spaceman?’ A 16-part series of The Pilot Show, (renamed ‘BSTV’) was then made for American television with Paul once again starring in it, writing and exec producing.
Paul has also appeared as an actor in various shows such as ‘Pulling’ and ‘The Jim Jeffries Show’. Most notably, Paul played the part of ‘Dave Millman’, Sharon Horgan’s police officer husband in the sitcom ‘Angelos’ on Five which proved to be a huge critical success.
At the start of 2008, Paul appeared on Russell Brand’s Celebrity Hijack and, masquerading as a disgruntled cameraman, barricaded himself into the Big Brother house and had to be forcibly ejected by Russell and a group of burly security guards.
Paul has also created, written and appeared alongside Paul Kaye in two series of the award winning MTV show ‘Strutter’. As well as being shown around the world, the show boasts the curious accolade of a Guinness World Record for ‘The Most Number Of Swear Words in a TV Show’ beating the previous holder ‘South Park’.
Having lived in London until 1999, Paul is now based in Hertfordshire. He is married to Kate, a singer songwriter who is the daughter of Chas Hodges from Chas n’Dave. They have a son called Harry.