Brad Ashton

Location: Southgate, North London
About me...

I have recently retired as an international tv comedy writer and during my career I wrote series for Tommy Cooper, Dick Emery, Les Dawson, Bruce Forsyth, Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse and David Frost, among others.

I am a regular guest enrichment lecturer on board cruise ships, averaging five cruises a year.  On those fortnight-long cruises I usually give between four and six highly entertaining 55-minute talks.   I talk about the stars I have worked with and how comedy is created.   I also include lots of backstage gossip about the audience’s favourite TV shows and their famous (and sometimes infamous), stars.

I have had three very successful books published on comedy writing and have just completed a new gag book containing over 4,000 gags.

About my Talks...

Most of my talks are on COMEDY but I also talk about modern scams and how to avoid falling victim to them.
I stand alone and do not require any special equipment, except perhaps a microphone if the size of the venue makes it necessary.


I live in Southgate, North London and I charge a fee of £100 for talks in the Greater London area and £125 beyond that area up to 100 miles from base.

My Contact Details:

0208 8865343

07901 845765

The Job of a Laughtime


THE JOB OF A LAUGHTIME in which I get laughs all the way through, talking about the many top TV stars I have written series for. They include Tommy Cooper, Dick Emery, Les Dawson, Bruce Forsyth, Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse, David Frost and others.
During this talk I illustrate to the audience how comedy is created from gags, sketches right through to situation comedies. I also reveal backstage secrets such as the fact that Benny Hill never had a studio audience. Every laugh in his 39 one-hour-long shows for Thames TV were dubbed in. Benny  was terrified of appearing in front of a live audience and consistently  refused to be interviewed on the Parkinson and Wogan shows.

If its Laughter you're after


Illustrated talk about comedy. I have a large, unique collection of videos of comedy. I play short video clips of Jackie Mason, Jack Benny, George Burns, Danny Kaye, Victor Borge, Jerry Lewis, Joan Rivers and Sid Caesar etc and tell stories about each of those comedians in between. This can be themed -, Jewish, or Irish or female comedians for example. My collection includes about 100 different comedians, so I can choose video clips to suit any group that books me.


Scams and How to Avoid Falling Victim


This is a series of talks, and they are based on my BBC Radio series called PRO’S & CONS which ran for sixty half-hour programmes in which I exposed three different scams per show. I have details of over 400 scams in my files and am acknowledged as Britain’s leading expert on the subject. I wrote a syndicated newspaper column called SPOT THE CON which ran in 23 newspaper for 118 weeks.

Brad Ashton Contact Details:

0208 8865343

07901 845765