Simon
Donald

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‘As funny with a microphone in his hand as he was with a pencil’ The Guardian

Simon Donald, Internationally renowned lavatory humourist and co-founder of Viz Comic, made history alongside his brother and a school friend by turning their playground antics into the notorious sales phenomenon of the late 20th century. Their magazine and its remarkable story is celebrated in Donald’s highly rated autobiography, HIM OFF THE VIZ.



Simon has been appearing as a stand-up comedian since 2005. He has written and performed seven Edinburgh Fringe shows. He often appears as a character comic as a number of different outrageous creations. The most popular of these is Barry Twyford, a hapless market research dogsbody whose surveys often pose more questions than they answer.

He appears as a compere, both at comedy clubs and events, lectures on the history of Viz Comic to arts and business courses and hosts cartoon workshops for younger students.

Simon is a trained actor, in the 1970s he appeared in a number of groundbreaking plays at Newcastle’s Young People’s Theatre, including Alan Plater’s relentlessly cheerless Close the Coalhouse Door.

"His comedy act began as straight stand-up, but has recently evolved into character work"

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‘As funny with a microphone in his hand as he was with a pencil’

The Guardian