It's with mixed feelings that Fred looks back at previous Fringe brochure entries and reviews: From rising star of Scottish comedy, to veteran. But it all adds up to something resembling a career and in a precarious business, longevity! ‘I never expected to be at the Fringe in 2013. It was a dream. Something I thought I'd never see. Like trams.’
Expect stronger language than you might hear on the radio. And expect to laugh. Lots. And as Scotland hurtles towards the referendum in 2014 expect a bit of fun about that.
With his popular morning radio show and a string of TV credits, he is undoubtedly one of the most famous faces of Scottish comedy today. His on screen reputation and on air witticisms are the product of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever-Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.
He arrived relatively late to the world of stand-up comedy, starting at the age of 31. He has gone on to be a regular performer at the Edinburgh Fringe (he will clock up his 25th year there in 2013) and at comedy festivals worldwide. He has been presenting the very funny and eventful MacAulay and Co on BBC Radio Scotland since June 1997.
He has successfully featured in and presented many programmes for BBC TV: he hosted three series of the talk show McCoist and MacAulay and two seasons of Life According to Fred. He also fronted Life According To Fred, Hoots and Simply Fred
He has appeared as a guest on many radio comedy panel shows: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Just A Minute and most often - The News Quiz. On national television he has been a panelist on shows including Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News For You.
He lasted 7 out of 11 nights when he sang on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in 2007, which was perhaps down to huge numbers of Scottish voters rather than any singing prowess. Further charity challenges saw him kayak the Caledonian Canal for Sport Relief in temperatures as low as -18 celcius and in 2011 he scaled Mt Kilimanjaro. His West Highland Way-hey walk was broadcast on Hogmanay 2012 on STV. The same evening Fred hosted a new panel show called ‘Scots on the Box’ which was a critical and ratings success for BBC Scotland.
Before his comedy career took off, he studied at the University of Dundee and graduated with an MA in Accountancy and Jurisprudence. He received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from the same University in 2006 in appreciation of his time there as Rector.
He is married with three grown up children. He is much in demand as an after-dinner speaker and awards presenter, which has taken him to Australia, Hong Kong, America, Iceland, France and Spain.
"Rib-achingly funny, one of the funniest men alive" Sunday Times