John Cooper


You might see me compering stand up comedy clubs, or performing in character as Danny Pensive.

I’ve performed in hundreds of comedy clubs and theatres around the UK. I’m a member of Comedysportz, Manchesters’ long-running improv team. I also deliver skills training around UK.


A take on live gigs in 2022.

The live gig scene feels very different in 2022. A lot has changed since 2019 and as the UK adapts, my priorities have changed a little too. With the current cost of living crisis and high fuel prices, the idea of driving long distances every weekend has become very challenging. During the pandemic, a lot of comedy friends took on second jobs out of practicality. A year later some have stayed in those jobs, preferring the security, and treating stand-up as a professional second income. It might be my age that's changed my view, but it makes sense. One circuit ...
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John Cooper at Google Digital Garage Manchester
John Cooper at Google Digital Garage Manchester

Presentation skills training

Since 2016 I’ve delivered presentation skills training for Google’s Digital Garage, Power to Change, The Locality Conference, The Business Growth Hub, Avecto Cyber Security, and many others. These sessions use humour and interactivity to unlock creativity and build confidence, they are now online.

Performing Online

Comedysportz were early adopters of putting shows online, and we now do two shows per week, streamed live on Youtube. Doing stand online can be really tough, but improv shows work very well, taking suggestions from the audience in the text chat. These shows really show what can be done online with a great, experimenting and having fun doing it.