⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Engages her audience with such playfulness and genuine curiosity we have no choice but to cling to her every word.’ - EdFest Magazine
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'warm, wise, witty and occasionally waspish' - The Scotsman
It was going to take a lot to top 2018 which was a bumper year for Jay Lafferty. nominated for a host of awards for her Edinburgh Fringe 2018 show Wheesht! Lafferty performed in the stunning Harpa concert hall as part of Scotch on Ice the first Icelandic comedy festival before coming home to perform at the iconic Kings Theatre Glasgow for over 1,000 people.
Never one to back away from a challenge within the first few months of 2019, Jay sought after for her on point satirical views become a regular face on BBC Scotland’s new television channel. It was a performance on BBC’s Breaking The News that saw Lafferty hit the front page of The New York Times for her on point description of Theresa May’s catastrophic Brexit deal. Jay has been nominated for three awards at this year Scottish Comedy Awards including Best Compere and Best Show. Her brand new solo show Jay Lafferty: Jammy debuts at the Gilded Balloon during Edinburgh Fringe 2019.
Jay has been performing comedy since 2005 working all over the UK as well as performing in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Reykjavik and Amsterdam. An experienced compere and stand-up Jay has an easy manner on stage, instantly connecting with her audience - whether a rowdy group of stags and hens or a serene ladies luncheon.
The girl next door persona allows her to get a way with the darker jokes that punctuate her material. Her comedy has been described as chocolate covered hand grenades. Don’t be mistaken Jay’s personality can melt butter - sometimes by using a flamethrower. Clever material delivered with effortless charm and packing a bite every bit as bad as its bark.
An experienced writer and performer Jay has worked on a number of hit BBC Scotland and BBC Four radio shows and one of the longest running panelist on Radio Scotland's Breaking The News. Jay also secured a small part on Season 2 of The Comedy Unit’s hit BBC1 show Scot Squad.
Jay's Debut Full Fringe Run solo show, Besom (2017) ranked Number 5 in the Top 10 best reviewed comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Leading to a successful tour run and now a residency at The Gilded Balloon’s Basement Theatre Jay Lafferty’s Besoms. Jay also has residency at Edinburgh’s historic comedy club, The Stand with her monthly show Bona Fide.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘beautifully observed, delightfully written’ - One4Review
'Cuddly one sec, cruel the next, this comic will have you open-mouthed in amazement' - The List
‘Jay is oh so good at chatting with the crowd, finding out information and using it to great comedic effect, laughs a plenty.’ - One4Review
'A stand-up with a future getting ever rosier' - Brian Donaldson
‘Jay has the audience in a consistent fit of laughter’ - The Student Newspaper
‘An evocative storyteller’ - The List
‘A strong and entertaining hour’ (Praise for Jay Lafferty Wheesht!) - The Skinny
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