Ian Cognito

As an Irish Italian Englishman, Ian believes he has the right to have a go at anyone and anything. Hiding behind the stage name is a thinking man who takes his privileges seriously.

According to Cog, comedy isn’t the new rock and roll, it’s the new democracy where there’s always room for a crass knob gag.

Without the help of television, Ian is still standing, albeit sometimes against a bar stool. His motto of 'playus ego sum me haberbimus' (I’ll play to anyone who’ll have me) has made Ian a favourite with everyone, from the filthy of Glastonbury to the freshly scrubbed of Edinburgh.

Cognito is the most dangerous, interesting, funny, energetic, committed, painful and poignant comedian you will see. Until you have seen him suspend your judgment about everyone else. He is truly political, his act is the essence of it. A comedy gun-slinger, scared of no audience, no critic.

Are Cognito’s jokes funny? It doesn’t matter.

For once the comparisons with Lenny Bruce have some validity, because when you laugh, you know that it’s coming not from the man’s cleverness, arrogance or conceit, but from the best of sources: your own soul.

When Cognito talks, he’s talking to you. If you don’t find him funny, then you are not listening.

Massive portions of anger and self-doubt are the stuff of Cognito’s act. A venomous concoction, spitting and scowling a frightening verbal assault that leaves any audience reeling from an overdose of the truth.

Deep, personal and too anarchic to be called left-wing, Cognito performs the supreme task of putting the heart back into ideology.

Cognito is the last in a line of wandering minstrels, having only ever made money from playing live. You buy a ticket, you see Ian Cognito. There have been great comedians before and there will be again, but Ian Cognito is here now.

Ian is the last troubadour, eschewing the conventional methods of career development he remains his own man. He performs nationally and internationally, constantly on the move, it’s not just Student Unions and the real London clubs that love him, educated comedy audiences in every town respect his methods.

'Cognito’s indignant polemic is a bracing antidote to more amiable routines. When a comedian can transform rage into humour without diluting their passion, the result is always riveting. Share his inspired madness' - William Cook, The Guardian

'A foul mouthed ray of hope, I give you Mr. Ian cognito. A rough house comic moralist of rare distinction who never forgets to be funny' - The Independent

'He’s dangerous, and definitely not for the mainstream, however he made the audience laugh more than anyone else on the night' - The Stage

'Cognito puts them all in the shade. If you want to know what’s wrong with New Britain, Ian Cognito’s going to tell you. And if you don’t, you’d better keep your mouth shut. Just stunning' - Phil Daoust, The Guardian

'Ian Cognito is up there with the greats. He rants - but not without thought' - Evening Standard

'There is no doubting Ian Cognito’s blazing talent as a stand-up' - Time Out


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