After a brief career in computer animation, Henry Paker decided to give comedy a go. He started out doing stand up in rooms above pubs, then in rooms below pubs and then eventually in the main body of the pub itself. In 2008 he won the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and realised he might be onto something. Since then Henry’s many comic talents have seen him carve out a career as a comic writer, stand up, actor and cartoonist.
Henry’s TV appearances include Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2014, Russell Howard’s Good News, Comedy Central at The Comedy Store, JOSH (series 2), Seann Walsh World and Edinburgh and Beyond. Henry also co writes and stars in the BBC Radio 4 sketch show Small Scenes and Reincarnation. He’s also appeared on Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour, Act your Age and Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash.
Henry is one of the most in demand comedy writers in the UK and has written for shows including Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, The Royal Variety Show, Miranda Does Christmas, Ultimate Worrier, Top Gear, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Beef and Dairy Network Podcast, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Virtually Famous, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, JOSH, Play to the Whistle, Bring the Noise, Stand Up for the Week, Reality Bites, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Comic Relief and Seann Walsh World.
Henry took his first solo hour of stand up to Edinburgh Festival in 2010 and followed it up with his acclaimed show Cabin Fever (2011), Classic Paker (2013), Unpacked (2014) and Guilty (2016). His narrative comedy show, The Golden Lizard, won him and Mike Wozniak the Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2011, and went on to sell out a run at London’s Soho Theatre.
He has written and illustrated two cartoon books with Dave Skinner, Don’t Arm Wrestle a Pirate, which was made into animations voiced by Steve Coogan and Why Steve Was Late, which was serialised in The Times.