One of the first black comedians on the UK circuit, Ian’s humour is as fresh, original and contemporary today as it was when he first came on the scene. Able to tailor his performance to suit any audience or occasion, Ian is the professional’s professional.

Rising to prominence as a stand-up comedian in the eighties, Ian first appeared on Cilla Black’s Surprise Surprise before going on to perform on talent show, New Faces.  The resulting success catapulted him into his very own theatre tour where he captivated audiences nationwide. Since then he has never looked back.

He has been a warm up artist for TV shows including Blankety Blank, Fast Friends with Les Dawson, sitcom Brush Strokes with Carl Howman, In Sickness and in Health with Warren Mitchell and Carla Lane’s Bread. Ian has also performed live on Pebble Mill and Kilroy.

He is now one of the UK’s most in-demand after dinner comedians, specialising in corporate hospitality events,  sporting functions, new product launches, awards ceremonies and charity fundraisers. Ian’s comedy has taken him all over the world and seen him work with sporting legends including, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Henry Cooper, Frank Bruno MBE, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt.


Clients Quotes

Dear Alistair,

Thank you so much for inviting me to the Lord Taverners Charity Lunch at the Club on Friday, I really enjoyed myself and thought the atmosphere within the room was excellent.  Your choice of speaker with Ian Irving was absolutely perfect, he certainly kept everyone highly amused and was excellent.


Glenna Beasley
Marketing Relations Manager Woburn Golf Club.


Hi Ian

Many, many thanks for your superb performance at the Lord’s Taverners charity luncheon at Woburn Golf Club last Friday.

We have had fantastic messages of congratulations from many of our members and their guests.Needless to say I will have no hesitation in recommending you to other Lord’s Taverners regions and organizations..

Best wishes

Alistair Brooks

Chairman – Ouse Valley region of the Lord’s Taverners.