Mervyn Stutter is a satirical songwriter, comedian, actor and scriptwriter and has been making people laugh in comedy clubs, cabaret theatre, folk clubs, radio and TV for 40 years. He was a founder member of the Flying Pickets and this year celebrates his 31st year at the Edinburgh Fringe and the 26th year of his legendary Pick of the Fringe showcase - making it the longest running show in the history of the Festival.
Merv’s daily showcase is unique as it covers all genres of performance: Theatre, Comedy, Cabaret, Music, Clowning, Mime, Acrobats, Spoken Word, Dance, and the indefinable. All-in-all it is a packed ninety minute lunchtime extravaganza and every day is a different show! This year starting at 12.30pm in the prestigious Pleasance One
“Mervyn’s show and his annual Spirit of the Fringe Awards are a worthwhile reminder of what the Fringe was initially for.”
“From modest beginnings Mervyn has created a Fringe institution” Nicholas Parsons
“A vibrant, stimulating showcase of talent.” The Scotsman
He has written weekly topical songs for BBC Radio eg three series of It's Been A Bad Week with Punt and Dennis (Radio 2), two years on After Midnight (Radio 5), two years on Hayes On Sunday (Radio 2) and in 1986 he was the weekly topical songwriter for Britain's first ever Daytime Show on BBC TV - Open Air starring Eamonn Holmes and Pattie Coldwell
He wrote and starred in two hit comedy series for the BBC: Love 40 - New Balls Please (Radio 2) “the best radio comedy programme I’ve heard for years” The Observer and Getting Nowhere Fast (Radio 4) still being repeated every year on Radio 4 Extra simply because the listeners write in and request it!
"Written by the extremely funny Mervyn Stutter, this comedy series has a laugh every other line. Expect to see this on TV soon!"
Jane Anderson, Radio Times
He has written and starred in his own radio plays - the hugely successful Going Troppo plus Waterloo Sunset and Dave the Dead Lefty. He has written and presented many documentaries - Another Hard Day at the Orifice, Rejects Revenge, Beyond the Cringe and a 4 part retrospective on the legendary 23 year long BBC wireless show Workers Playtime called What about the Workers.
He tours his live solo shows regularly each year and audiences love him. Shows include Songs For Menopausal Flower Children, And Another Thing! Easy shop Rider and Utterly Stutterly. He is irreverent, funny, affectionate, clever but clean. He chats a bit, tells a few jokes, makes some pithy observations, with lots of clever comedy songs on guitar in a joyous 90 minute show of life affirming fun. He is an accomplished singer and guitarist and his shows are often hilarious & yet thought-provoking. It is not empty, throw-away humour but lasts long after the moment has passed.
“Celebrating the trivial and attacking the absurd he gives us a seriously funny show” The Scotsman
“All of his songs have one thing in common - they are astute, funny, often gentle but always jam-packed with clever lyrics.” Radio Times
“Stutter is a sharp as any, as funny as any and more informed than most.” The Times
“For comedy straight from the heart they don’t come much better than Mervyn” Edinburgh Post
"Hilarious songs" The Observer
"He is brilliant” The Guardian
"The comedy voice of the Baby Boom Generation" Daily Telegraph