Artist Profile

Joe Wells

Follow Joe Wells  @joewellscomic


Runner Up Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2012

Finalist New Act Of The Year (formerly Hackney Empire) 2011

Shortlisted The Guide Award for Best Comedy 2011 

Winner Comedy Central Funniest Student 2010 

Finalist London New Comedy Awards 2010

Shortlisted The Guide Award for Best Comedy 2009 

Joe's writing career began when his first book Touch and Go Joe about his experiences of OCD was published, since then he has made a name for himself as a stand-up comic, writer and speaker. Joe now focuses mainly on his unique brand of political comedy and in 2012, Joe was asked to support Alexei Sayle on his comeback tour.

Joe is now frequently performing stand up in comedy clubs around the UK.

Night of the Living Tories was Joe’s debut hour long stand up show, in which he dug up the corpses of the British Conservative Party of the past and put them on display to horrifying consequence. Joe took his follow up show, 10 Thing I Hate About UKIP, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 and in 2017 took I Hope I Die Before I Start Voting Conservative.

Joe Wells latest project is called Think Tank, it's a live show and podcast where comedians put forward ideas to a panel of real life politicians. To find out more go to



I Hope I Die Before I Start Voting Conservative

"If you're feeling Stewart Lee's absence at the Fringe this year, try this clever, funny hour on how ageing impacts a person's political views. It's thoughtful comedy with some big laughs." British Comedy Guide

★★★★ Broadway Baby


10 Things I Hate About UKIP

"He handles heavy topics with the care they require and shows comedy doesn’t need to harm people: indeed, it’s all the better for not doing so." ThreeWeeks


Night of The Living Tories 

“Blessed with a natural comic timing, Wells has a remarkable gift of laying it down to the audience with confidence and integrity. This show is a genuine hidden treasure of the Fringe and Wells is much more than the usual fist-in-the-air outrage merchant. Clever, insightful and funny, well structured jokes are set up and delivered intelligently and candidly. Top stuff.” Chortle ★★★★

"Night of the Living Tories offers up a battery of good jokes about our bad government." The Guardian

“This show is accessible for the political novice. Wells’ ability to both deal with sophisticated political dialogue without losing outsiders along the way is a testament to his skills as a comic. This is a cheeky, intelligent and well crafted hour of political comedy with punch.” Broadway Baby ★★★★

 Theatre Reviews ★★★★

“A very talented fellow." London Is Funny

“He brought to life the dark past (and present) of the Tory party with humour. I found myself hanging on to his every word." EdFringe

"In the debut outing for his Night Of The Living Tories show, Wells showed why he is one the finest young political comics doing the rounds; he's bold, cutting and, at times, ruthless." Brighton Argus

"I should tell you that he is “one to watch for the future”, but honestly, he’s more than that he is one to watch now." We Love Brighton 

"Wells is set to go far with this level of quality in new material." Total Politics 


Other Press

“Joe’s charming ability to highlight the ideological pitfalls of sexism, racism and fascism is frankly intimidating, complimented by his outbursts silencing any bigoted argument in this verbal quest for equality. Refuting his physical likeness to a “Tory-boy” he then waded in further by unravelling political systems, using horror film analogies to bring clarity to complex issues. These dark comparisons, lightened by Joe’s relatively calm demeanour, were well delivered, accurate and praised by an army of laughter. I should point out Joe is a Marxist, I should point out Joe is an award winning comic and I should tell you that he is “one to watch for the future.” But honestly, he’s more than that, he is one to watch now.” We Love Brighton

"In the debut outing for his Night Of The Living Tories show, Wells showed why he is one the finest young political comics doing the rounds; he's bold, cutting and, at times, ruthless. At his peak he was unstoppable, especially when it came to race. He turned Bernard Manning jokes on their head - cleverly swapping the butt of them from black people to Conservatives – while later brilliantly belittling the “ain’t no black in the Union Jack” chant so favoured by the BNP and EDL." The Argus 

"A tight and confident set with some exceedingly clever moments." Fest 

"Joe Wells is a skilled jokesmith who threads great gags through intelligent political material that, whilst razor-sharp, is never particularly angry or dark. As the first gross gags open up into smarter, topical ones it's clear that this is a tightly-structured, well thought-out set. Excellent jokes and sly political comment wrapped tightly in a neat parcel which delivers regular, powerful laughs from a delighted audience. He spins new life out of easy targets like bankers and the BNP with some wonderful imagery." British Comedy Guide

"A star of the future. Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian in his early 20s." The Guardian 

"Highly original, inspired and suitably different from the rest of the crowd. Brilliantly crafted jokes." Comedy Central 

"Proud communist Joe Wells thankfully appeals to the intellect as he discusses the BNP's misunderstanding of flags, fascist propaganda and what would happen if Richard Littlejohn and a harsh comedy reviewer fought to the death. There are solid gags throughout with some unexpected and beautiful turns of phrase. Wells has clearly worked hard building his set, which is well paced, interesting, balanced and funny." Chortle

"A real venom in his delivery seemed to communicate that the numerous laughs that he manages to obtain are just positive collateral to the message he is trying to portray" Broadway Baby

"A tight confident set with some exceedingly clever moments." Broadway Baby

"A much-needed voice against hypocrisy as well as a wonderfully talented stand-up comedian, Joe Wells uses his comedy to burst a gigantic hole in the sides of homophobia, misogyny and racism while still managing to remain funny throughout." Portsmouth Evening News 

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