Mervyn Stutter

About the Speaker

Mervyn Stutter is a songwriter, actor, comedian, and writer.  He has been making people laugh in theatre, comedy clubs, cabaret, folk clubs, radio and TV for over 40 years. He was a founder member of THE FLYING PICKETS and this year celebrated his 31st year at the Edinburgh Fringe, where his daily lunchtime showcase of talent MERVYN STUTTER’S PICK OF THE FRINGE marked it’s 26th anniversary – making it the longest running show in the history of the Festival.

Mervyn’s broadcasting career began when he provided topical songs for BBC current affairs programmes and discussion shows including the legendary STOP THE WEEK with ROBERT ROBINSON.

He wrote written comedy songs for many series on BBC Radio including three series of IT’S BEEN A BAD WEEK with PUNT AND DENNIS (Radio 2), two years on AFTER HOURS (Radio 5), two years on HAYES ON SUNDAY (Radio 2) and two series of BOB HOLNESS AND FRIENDS.  He was the weekly topical songwriter for Britain’s first ever Daytime Show on BBC TV – OPEN AIR starring the late, great Pattie Coldwell and a young, thin Eamonn Holmes.

The Controller of BBC Radio 2, Jim Moir, commissioned Mervyn to create the first ever rock-and-roll comedy series dedicated to menopausal flower children everywhere: LOVE 40 – NEW BALLS PLEASE. It was an immediate success and ran for further three series.

Mervyn was then snapped up by BBC Radio 4 to write and star in another sitcom with songs called GETTING NOWHERE FAST – this also ran for three series and is still being repeated on Radio4 Extra.

“Written by the extremely funny Mervyn Stutter, this comedy series has a laugh every other line. Expect to see this on TV soon!” Jane Anderson, Radio Times

Mervyn tours the villages of England each year with his own solo comedy and song shows.  He chats a bit, tells a few jokes, makes some pithy observations, and sings comedy songs on guitar.  So he is truly delighted to portray Charles Dibdin, who more or less created the genre of “one-man shows” with comedy songs.

“Celebrating the trivial and attacking the absurd he gives us a seriously funny show” The Scotsman

“All of his songs have one thing in common – they are astute, funny, often gentle but always jam-packed with clever lyrics.”  Radio Times