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PUBLISHED: 12:25 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:11 02 July 2010

John Maloney

John Maloney

HOME is where you hang your hat - for John Maloney that could be anywhere from Dublin to Dubai. But now this Ilford comedian known for his quick-fire acerbic wit is coming to perform a little closer to home, at the BROADWAY theatre in Barking. John Malone

HOME is where you hang your hat - for John Maloney that could be anywhere from Dublin to Dubai.

But now this Ilford comedian known for his quick-fire acerbic wit is coming to perform a little closer to home, at the BROADWAY theatre in Barking.

John Maloney has a distinctive rapport with his audience, he treats you like an adult and his humour is smart, satirical and delivered at speed.

Talking about his act, John said: "I guess you could call my act dead pan; a bit like Jack Dee.

"Let me put it this way if you come to my show expecting Lee Evans you're going to be disappointed.

"I'm not into doing physical comedy, I like short clipped gags.

"I used to incorporate music into my act but not anymore.

"I'm a gag man now; you have to learn to adapt to survive in this business."

John has been in the business for 20 years, very impressive considering how difficult it can be to get a foot in the door in the first place.

Speaking about his humble beginnings, John said: "I remember when I first started out trying to get on stage at clubs, I didn't get paid but I gained a lot of experience.

"After you pay your dues for a few months then you can start asking for a fee.

"Someone must have seen some potential in me because now I do comedy as a full time job.

"I think Les Dawson was probably the reason why I got into comedy he was definitely my inspiration in the beginning."

John is probably best known for his appearances at the Edinburgh and London comedy festivals but he prefers a more face to face set-up.

He explained: "The Edinburgh Festival - now that is a total bear pit.

"Everyone is fighting each other for attention and it's not a level playing field these people don't fight fair.

"I definitely would rather have a more intimate atmosphere, I like the old clubs you get a better response from the crowd."

According to John the best perk of working on stage and television is travelling, he is the veteran of many comedy tours in countries including Australia and Canada.

Speaking just hours after landing on a flight from Miami where he was recording a new television programme, John said: "Sometimes I can't believe that I get to go to the most interesting places in the world and its part of my job.

"I remember when I was learning about places like Australia and Hong Kong at school I thought "Well I'll never get to go there!".

"I like to think that my act is pretty universal, topics of comedy are the same all across the globe."

Over the last decade especially John has developed a very loyal following and people come back to comedy festivals year after year to hear him.

It's no wonder he was the winner of London comedy festival's Best Live Performer accolade two years in a row.

John has appeared on many TV comedy shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Have I Got News for You.

He also co-wrote the Olivier award winning Jack Dee Show in London's West End.

John will be appearing at the BROADWAY for one night only on Thursday February 21 at 8pm.

Tickets cost £7 to book call Box Office 020 8507 5607 or visit www.thebroadwaybarking.com

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