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Al Pitcher


One of NZ's most successful ex-pat comedians who has carved out a big pro career across Europe.

Al Pitcher grew up in New Zealand, but began his standup career in London in 1999. The same year he went to the finals of humor competition So You Think You're Funny and repeated the feat two years later in both the BBC New Competition Act and the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Competition. Since then, he has performed on most comedy festivals in the English-speaking countries, and won several awards such as the Best Show 2009 at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Director's Pick in 2009 at Newcastle Comedy Festival and the Peoples Choice Award 2009 by Time Out Sydney. In 2012 he was invited to the world's biggest humour festival, Just for Laughs, along with, among others, Louis CK, Eddie Izzard and Billy Connolly.

In 2010 Al Pitcher moved to Sweden and since then has quickly made a name for himself on the Swedish standup scene. Already in 2011 he won the "Best male comedian" in Swedish Standup Gala and the year after he set out on the acclaimed and sold-out "FIKA Tour", which was followed by the equally successful "Patar tour" in 2013 and "Nääämen it's Al Pitcher tour "2014/2015.

In parallel with their tours, Al Pitcher also produced the comic book "Buried Elephants" (2012), had a permanent feature on the television program "Settman in place" and made "Al Pitchers Guide to Sweden" in Swedish Television's talk show "Robin" and has performed on BBCs Russell Howards Good News show