Geoff Norcott’s comedy career has snowballed since his hugely successful debut Edinburgh appearance in 2016 with ‘Conswervative’. The show subsequently went on a national tour and was quickly followed with ‘Traditionalism’ in 2018.
As a rare comedian who leans politically to the right, his 2016 Edinburgh show, Conswervative, focused on his rarity as a pro-Brexit Conservative voter on the British comedy circuit. Consequently, Geoff has also found himself in demand as a social commentator on shows like Daily Politics (BBC1), All Out Politics (Sky News) and Victoria Derbyshire (BBC2).
His satirical comment has also found it’s way into national publications with articles appearing in The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent and The New Statesman.
In 2019, Geoff Norcott fronted his own documentary for BBC2, How The Middle Classes Ruined Britain, in which he investigated issues like how some people 'gamed' the system to secure places in good schools, and accusations of social cleansing in housing.
That same year saw him become the first white male to join the BBC's diversity panel, by virtue of his working class background. He has spoken of the irony of having, as a "straight, white, middle-aged man", taken advantage of diversity quotas to further his career.
The son of a draughtsman for British Telecom — also an active trade unionist— Geoff Norcott was raised in South London and, following his parents divorce when he was nine, his mother moved him and his elder sister to a council estate in Wimbledon. He attended Rutlish School in Merton, the same school attended by Conservative Prime Minister John Major. Geoff earned an English degree from Goldsmiths, University of London, and prior to becoming a comedian worked as an English teacher.
Geoff Norcott remains in constant demand as a writer, with an impressive list of TV credits, including: Live at Apollo (BBC1), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Channel 4’s Alternative Election (C4), 8 out of 10 Cats (C4), The Sarah Millican Television Programme (BBC2), A League of their Own (Sky1), Xmas Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Katherine Ryan in Ireland (Sky Arts), 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4) and more recently, Romesh Ranganathan’s The Ranganation for BBC2.
Geoff has also been amongst the awards with a nomination for Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival and an Operational Services Medal for five frontline tours entertaining the troops in Afghanistan.
In 2021, he published a memoir entitled Where Did I Go Right?, in which he unpicks his working-class upbringing and his political journey. The book was described by the Daily Telegraph as a "frank, light-hearted account of how Norcott came from working-class origins in south London to forge a career in comedy" as well as "a sober mapping of the changing political landscape"