Keith Carter (comedian)

Keith Carter is an award-winning Liverpool-based comedian, writer, and actor, best known for his comic creation Nige, a caricature of a scallie from Merseyside cited by Sir Jeremy Isaacs as being instrumental in helping Liverpool's successful 2007 Capital of Culture bid.[1]

Keith Carter
BornKeith Carter
3 February 1969
Liverpool, England
OccupationComedian, writer, blogger
NationalityUnited Kingdom
GenreComedy, social commentary

Carter has been described as "not just a stand-up with a dressing-up box, he makes his characters live by his bearing, his gestures and by his voice".[2]


Carter began his career as a comedian in clubs in Liverpool in 2001. He has developed a number of comic characters, the most famous of which is Nige, who he claims to have based on a scouser queuing up in front of him in a dole queue;[3] other characters Carter has created include Gerald Roberts, an opinionated driver, and Colin Kilkelly, who thinks he is Liverpool's answer to Enrique Iglesias. Carter has made a number of appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been nominee and winner of a number of awards. His appearance in Under the Mud was described by The Guardian as an almost show stealing performance.[4] In 2008 he co-wrote the play The Berserker Boys with fellow Liverpudlian comedian Stanley McHale. The play premièred at the Unity Theatre in February 2008.[5]

TV Credits

Domestic, BBC 2 (2002)

Comedy Shuffle, BBC 3 (written and performed) (2007)

It's Adam and Shelley, BBC 3 (2007)

Meet The Blogs, ITV (2008)

Scallywagga, BBC 3 (2008)

Tonightly, Channel 4 (2008)

Radio Credits

Loose Ends, BBC Radio (2004)

The Gerald Roberts Radio Show, BBC Radio (2005)

How I Won The Capital of Culture by Nige, BBC Radio (2005)

Deck of Friends, BBC Radio (playwright) (2005)

Film Credits

Under the Mud (2007).

Awards and nominations


  1. Laura Davis (6 January 2006). "We care for Culture". Daily Post. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  2. "Get Keith Carter".
  3. Mike Barnett (16 April 2004). "Scally Scouser". City Life. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  4. Helen Walsh (23 February 2007). "The kids stay in the picture". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  5. Catherine Jones (26 February 2008). "Ghost hunt date in grand style at St George's Hall". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  • Keith Carter profile at the Comedy Zone
  • BBC profile of Keith Carter
  • Keith Carter's blog for the Liverpool Echo
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