Kev OrkianWednesday, February 6, 2019
Kev Orkian is a British-Armenian musician, comedian and actor born in London to Armenian parents. He has performed around the world from New York City,Los Angeles and Toronto to Dubai, Oman and Australia. Orkian has been compared to the likes of Victor Borge, Bobby Crush, and Dudley Moore.
Between 2003 and 2009, Kev Orkian spent a lot of his time touring the UK as the support act for some of the biggest names in British comedy and has previously starred in West-End London musicals including Fame, Happy Days and Boogie Nights alongside Dancing on Ice winner and Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon.
On 23 September 2009 Event Magazine reported that Orkian won the final of The Next Big Thing - the event industry's version of The X Factor, which was held at Event UK in Birmingham.
On Thursday 10 June 2010, Orkian performed for Prince Philip, celebrating his 89th birthday at the Guards Polo Club. The event fell behind schedule and Prince Philip was set to leave – before Kev got on stage – to get to another engagement. But as soon as Orkian started his sketch the Prince decided to sit back down and watch the full act. So impressed was he that instead of rushing off at the end he stayed even longer to congratulate Orkian in person. Prince Philip was quoted as saying "It’s a wonderful show. I thoroughly enjoyed your performance".
Also in June 2010 Orkian performed a live comedy 'sketch' with opera diva Katherine Jenkins for a private birthday party at which Motown legend Lionel Richie also performed, along with the NSO (National Symphony Orchestra) and comedians Bobby Davro and Jethro. The comedy routine was an updated version of an old Victor Borge sketch which Orkian had developed with Katherine Jenkins.
In May 2010 Orkian took part in series 4 of ITV's flagship entertainment show Britain's Got Talent, with his first appearance on Saturday 29 May, the last show of the first round auditions. In this appearance, during which Orkian performed his trademark Elton John scratchy CD version of 'I'm Still Standing', he gained three YES votes from Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan, the latter of whom commented "That is one of the smartest things I've seen", winning himself a place in the live semi-final on Tuesday 1 June.
Kev Orkian booked an arena tour in South Africa in April performing to 6000 people per night, followed by a tour of the Middle East in late April. Orkian headlined the South African Vodacom Funny Festival from 10 June to 7 July; he is the first British comedian to headline five times. In Kev Orkian was featured in the Dead Air Show podcast.
David Baddiel's stage version of The Infidel has cast Orkian as its star.
In 2015 Orkian was chosen to play the role of Dudley Moore in the production of Goodbye The After-Life of Cook & Moore. In June/July he performed in Sydney Australia in Bonnie Lythgo's Winter Spectacular Show Aladdin, soon after flying to Afghanistan to entertain the troops stationed there.