Kevin moved from his native town of Bognor Regis with a burning ambition to become a successful stand up comic and instantly gained critical recognition, being a finalist in both the Laughing Horse New act of the Year and Krater New Act of the Year competitions (2002).
Hailed as one of the funniest and nicest blokes you could meet, Kevin quickly became, and remains, a regular performer at professional comedy clubs on the UK circuit. In 2009 he was asked to perform support slots for if.comeddies nominees (now called The Fosters Comedy Award), Mickey Flanagan and Ivan Brackenbury on their national tours.
Kevin has also enjoyed success at the Edinburgh comedy festival and 2013 saw his fourth solo show “Confess Nothing”. Kevin has been honing his skills at the fringe since his debut show “Comics Die in Hot Cars” (2006), developing his writing style with two more successful follow-up shows “Caronicle” (2011) and “Thus Spoke Kev” (2012). Kevin combines a witty, light hearted and often lyrical style of storytelling with laugh-out-loud punchlines and a charming onstage persona.
As well as performing his own solo shows, Kevin is a sought after director, working with many popular festival favourites. His most famous collaboration and longstanding working relationship is with Tom Binns. Kevin has worked with Tom, on his Ian D Montford shows. This successful dynamic has seen Tom’s show become a BBC Radio 2 series “Ian D Montford is Unbelievable”, adding radio writing credits to his CV. Kevin has directed two shows (Milo McCabe: Schiz 2013 and Pierre Novellie: Mighty Peter 2014) that reached The Amused Moose Laughter Awards final. The eclectic mix of other performers Kevin has directed includes Zoe Lyons, John Hastings, Rob Collins, Julian Deane, Joey Page, Stuart Mitchell, Matt Price and Ian Smith.
Kevin Shepherd: you might not have heard his name, but you’ve probably heard his jokes.
‘Shepherd is an open and honest performer…[his] greatest skill is creating visuals using just a few apt words or a telling phrase.’ Broadway Baby.
‘Brilliantly observed, quite touching…Really demonstrates his eye for a well crafted turn of phrase, colouring it with nimble vocabulary. ’ The Skinny
‘You’ll leave with a smile on your face and maybe a tear in your eye’ Fest
‘A true Fringe Experience’ Three Weeks
‘It’s raw honesty and it’s refreshing’ One4review
‘Consistently funny…a good strong hour of laughs’ Fringe Report’
‘He then gave way to Kevin Shepherd, who packed the next 20 or so minutes with as many jokes as some comedians manage in an hour. He switched between anecdotal and punchline based humour with ease, and left us eager for more.’ BBC Lincolnshire.
‘Very Funny, did a tough gig in Torquay the other night and was a pleasure mainly due to this man’s professional compering skills. Warm, friendly and fun to watch. I’d say in the next couple of years he’ll be Mc’ing the big venues and you won’t be able to afford him, so book him now.’ Jason Manford. Channel 4.
“Kevin Shepherd is a charismatic young man with a sharp wit and cheeky humour the audience was taunted, with varying degrees of force. But only the faint-hearted or excessively squeamish failed to warm to such an amiable battering, and, after all, audience involvement is what stand-up is all about.” Bahrain Extra. Bahrain.
“Assured stage presence, deadpan delivery and good gags.” Last Laugh. Sheffield.