A career that has spanned five decades first started when Jasper became resident compére at the Boggery Folk Club in Birmingham in the mid-'70s. There he discovered his talent for comedy, and his inability to sing; the rest, as they say, is history.
Apart from his stand-up comedy and TV shows such as 'Carrot's Commercial Breakdown', this award-winning Brummie comedian is probably best known for his spoof police drama with Robert Powell, 'The Detectives', and his undying passion for Birmingham City FC.
The nation's favourite impressionist, also known for his brilliant stand-up and acting. McGowan is best known for his work with Ronni Ancona on The Big Impression (formerly Alistair McGowan's Big Impression), which spawned his culturally popular impressions of David Beckham, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Gary Lineker, Richard Madeley, Tony Blair, Ross Geller (Friends) and Dot Cotton (EastEnders). His one-man stand-up shows are also critically acclaimed.
"Wickedly funny mimicry"
- Sunday Mirror.
"Even if Alistair McGowan wasn't an impressionist and stuck simply to stand-up gaggery, he'd surely be one of the best comics on the circuit. As it is, he gives us a double layer of excellence"
- This Is Nottingham