Kev Orkian is without question one the UK’s finest entertainers and an internationally acclaimed award winning comedy pianist.
Kev Orkian is without question one the UK’s finest entertainers and an internationally acclaimed award winning comedy pianist. A highly skilled Pianist, singer & actor, Kev has honed his art to perfection over many years from his days as a classical concert pianist to performing Stand-up and supporting some of the biggest names in British comedy. Blending his off beat humour with sensational performances on the piano he has been dubbed one of the world’s finest comedy pianists. Kev’s vast repertoire of appearances with other entertainers has seen him share the stage with such artists like Katherine Jenkins, Lionel Richie, Dame Edna, Priscilla Presley, Warwick Davis, Shelia Ferguson & Matt Lucas to name a few.
Supporting some of the UK’s biggest comedy names, Kev has shared critical acclaim and standing ovations with his own one-man show. As a consummate pianist he has toured with a variety of orchestras and appeared at many prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle & The Kodak Theatre in LA. He made his West End debut starring in Fame at the Victoria Palace Theatre. This foray into London’s theatre scene led to many other West End roles in musicals like Me & My Girl, Grease, Buddy Holly, Happy Days and Boogie Nights. 2009 saw Orkian’s leap onto the UK comedy circuit with performances at London’s Comedy Store, Jongleurs and Highlights chain of comedy clubs at which he regularly receives standing ovations and rave reviews for the originality of his act.
In August 2010 Kev took his ‘Illegal Tour’ to the Edinburgh Fringe, appearing at the Underbelly, in what was his debut appearance at the festival. 2011 saw him bring the second chapter to his foreign comedy character “The Guilty Pianist” to the fringe festival, which earned him the Spirit of the Fringe award.
2011 also saw him performing at the South Africa’s most prestigious Cape Town funny festival where he received the accolade for the most standing ovations for one entertainer, including an appearance for Archbishop Desmond TuTu. He is the only international entertainer to have been invited 6 years in a row to perform for the funny festival, and will be returning again in 2019 for its 15 year anniversary.
He has entertained audiences from all over the world, including private invitations from members of the royal family, including HRH Prince Philip’s 89th Birthday, HRH Prince Charles, Princess Margaret, Prince Andrew, and Numerous Royal families from Oman, Dubai, Saudi and Abu Dhabi. Kev regularly headlines the Tropicana Hotel in Vegas to sell out shows, with his One Man Show. A patron and avid supporter of the British Forces Foundation, Kev is constantly invited to entertain army bases around the UK, including numerous trips to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cape Town and Cyprus, with fellow performer James Blunt.
In 2014 Kev appeared in the lead role of David Baddiels “The Infidel Musical” receiving much accolade before moving on to play Dudley Moore in 2015 in the production of Goodbye The Afterlife of Cook & Moore. In 2016 Kev embarked on his 10th World Tour, to sell out audiences around the globe, and is currently on his 11th this year. In 2017 Kev teamed up with Australian Film producer Andy Simon, to present a brand new Documentary called Armenia Uncovered which had a global release in 2018. He also received the Best Comedian Award in LA for his contribution to Entertainment.Read more
HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales
“Whenever I need someone to lift the morale of our troops, the first person I call is Kev Orkian.”
Mark Cann – Chairman, British Forces Foundation
“Within a month of his first night at Jongleurs Kev Orkian fast became one of our top headline acts.”
Donna Burns, Jongleurs Comedy Clubs
“Kev Orkian arrived on the comedy circuit with a bang! He lifts a tired crowd, conquers cynicism and regularly earns a standing ovation.”
Julia Chamberlain, Highlight Comedy Clubs
“I have seen no one else out there on the comedy circuit quite like [Kev] Orkian and this perhaps is his major selling point in a comedy market where originality is as rare a commodity as it is a welcome one.”
Mark Ritchie, The Stage