Show and Tell #18 - Ian Cognito

22 October 2017

'Cognito’s indignant polemic is a bracing antidote to more amiable routines. When a comedian can transform rage into humour without diluting their passion, the result is always riveting. Share his inspired madness.' - The Guardian

"Cognito is up there with the greats. He rants but not without thought." The Evening Standard

"There is no doubting Ian Cognito’s blazing talent as a stand up, but his capacity for self destruction has ensured he’s never gained the recognition or status he’d otherwise have so effortlessly claimed. You know Cognito will never prostitute what he does just to play the game, he is a comedian through and through." Time Out

"Cognito puts them all in the shade. If you want to know what's wrong with Britain, Ian Cognito’s going to tell you. And if you don’t, you’d be advised to keep your mouth shut. Just stunning"
The Guardian

Ian Cognito is a British stand-up comedian. He'll be performing at our October Barnstormers gig. His Wikipedia entry says 'An iconoclastic performer, Cognito has been compared to Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and Jerry Sadowitz but has never achieved success in the mainstream media, in part at least due to his irascible reputation. Cognito delights in playing with audience's sensibilities. He'll win cheers with an emotive speech against domestic violence - then puncture it with a lengthy dance to Darius Danesh's hit 'Rushes' in his crotchless lime harlequin costume. His autobiography appeared on Kindle in 2013, billed as "the best book about comedy I have ever written”.'

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A night out in Salisbury.

What lies at the heart of your own desire to write and perform standup comedy?


Who’s your favourite comedian and why?

Sam Kinnison because he's dead.

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.

We often play this in the car so, easy and peasy.
Just my Imagination - The Temptations
Close to the Edge - Yes
Summer the First Time - Bobby Goldsboro

From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?

What is this life, if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare

If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?

Bit depressing for this time in the morning.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Booze, lots of it.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Spliff, lots of it.

Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you?

The Scream - Edvard Munch

Favourite website/blog? Loads of pictures of badly worn tyres.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Call security now.

Best recent read?

A Comedian's Tale available on Amazon £4.99

What is your final word?
Get off me catheter.