Liam Withnail

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Liam Withnail is an Edinburgh based stand-up comedian, Scottish Comedy Award winner and resident MC at the Monkey Barrel.

Liam has over 10million TikTok/Instagram views and hosts popular podcast Enjoy an Album, alongside Christopher Macarthur-Boyd. He is also a regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking the News and has also been heard on The Good, The Bad and The Unexpected, seen on Socially Distant with Susan Calman and has written on Scot Squad.

His 2023 Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Chronic Boom’ was a runaway success, received widespread critical acclaim, including five stars from The Independent and four stars from The Times and Chortle, amongst many others. The detailed the emotional story of facing up to a chronic illness and reckoning his new reality during a hospital stay.

Liam’s previous Edinburgh Fringe shows have racked up a myriad of rave reviews with his 2019 show ‘Homecoming’ (available on Spotify) winning the Amused Moose Award for Outstanding Show. He has performed at comedy clubs and festivals all over the UK and in Canada, Japan, Iceland and Australia.


TikTok: @liamwithnail

Instagram: @liamwithnail

Liam was amazing! The audience loved him – he hit the exact right chord with them. He was funny and informative and gave them a true personal perspective on UC. The feedback has been all positive.

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Event, Lisbon 2024

It was a fabulous evening thanks to Adam’s professionalism and generosity. He is so giving of his time and he shared so much of his life experience.

The evening was both entertaining and fascinating but also very emotional and the feedback from everyone has been so appreciative and positive. He is a very talented and genuine person and it comes across in all he does.

Askham Bryan College Gardening Club Event 2023

Liam’s reputation as a great MC was well-founded when he hosted our event. He deftly balanced an acerbic tone with an appreciation for the acts he was introducing, and was never less than very funny throughout. Onstage and off, he was great to work with. It was a pleasure to watch him perform.

The List Hot 100 Party 2023

‘Astonishing… The crowd can’t get enough’

The Independent

“Liam was so professional! As an event organiser you have to put a lot of trust in your speakers. Liam took the time to establish our needs, audience make up and ‘appetite for risk’.

His performance was engaging, funny and even made safe fun of the sector our audience worked in. He delivered well and flexed his language and approach based on the response from our delegates, ultimately he got referenced three times in our event feedback.

The evening meal and comedian was a lovely touch and such a funny show!

Would highly recommend Liam.”

David Monkhouse, Director of Active-Net

“We asked Liam to compère our 2018 AGM and honestly it could not have gone better. He brought the perfect mix of humour, engaging questions and pace which kept our guests and shareholders entertained and informed. I was particularly impressed with the quality of prep work Liam did – he really understood the company and was therefore able to ask the sorts of questions our guests wanted to hear answers to. We wouldn’t hesitate to ask Liam to compère for us again.”

Dougal Sharp, Founder of Innis & Gunn

‘An unexpected fringe delight’????

The Times