Kev Orkian is without question one the UK’s finest cabaret entertainers and an internationally acclaimed 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 comedy 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 as Katherine Jenkins, Lionel Richie, Dame Edna Everage and Matt Lucas to name a few.
Supporting some of the UK’s biggest comedy names, Kev has shared critical acclaim and standing ovations not only as a support act but also 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 African Vodacom funny festival where he received the accolade for the most standing ovations for one entertainer, and an appearance for Archbishop Desmond TuTu.
Kev has entertained audiences from all over the world, including private invitations to entertain numerous 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 to name a few….
Kev is the only entertainer to have been invited 3 years in a row to perform for South Africa’s most prestigious Comedy Festival. This year has seen him fly all over the globe entertaining audiences, with the likes of Saudi Prince’s in Seychelles, Grand West Arena audiences in Cape Town to ITV audiences with Katherine Jenkins.
Kev has also be seen touring the globe with his “Kev – The Worlds Favorite Armenian” Tour, visiting such countries like Australia, Dubai, LA and Las Vegas, plus hosting LA’s Telethon for a third year running.
This year also saw Kev’s First piano album release and Audio Show on CD,
A patron and avid supporter of the British Forces Foundation, Kev is constantly invited to entertain army bases around the UK, flying out to Afghanistan to entertain with fellow performers Katherine Jenkins and James Blunt…
This year he dedicates his performance to his beautiful wife Michelle and their newborn twin baby boys.
Updated TV Credits;
TV sitcom,2013, playing: Albert the Armenian.
What’s The Score.
Film, 2014, playing: news Reporter Kevin O
Dame Edna Everage….Pure perfection
Sir Tim Rice…..Actually one of the funniest theatrical routines I have ever experienced in my career.
Princess Margaret of Kent….You are now my favourite comedian ever.
David Seaman….Simply Genius
Mark Cann BFF President….If there’s anyone that can lift the moral of the forces it’s Kev Orkian
Heston Blumenthal….Laughed till I cried.
Gary Bushell….Funny, Sharp, Extremely Entertaining, Future Stardom Guaranteed.
HRH Prince Charles….Absolute Genius
Peregrine Armstrong Jones, Party Planner to Elton John, The Beckhams & Royalty…. Kev Orkian has a way of making you laugh even before he speaks…book him if you want to die laughing.
Maria Kempinski Owner of Jongleurs….Within a Month of his first night at Jongleurs Kev Orkian fast became one of our top headline acts.
HRH Prince Philip….It’s a wonderful show…A highly polished act. I thoroughly enjoyed your performance.
Mark Richie The Stage…It’s hard to categories the multi-talented and extremely funny Kev Orkian. I have seen no one else out there on the comedy circuit quite like Orkian, and this perhaps is his major selling point in a comedy market where originality is a rare commodity as it is a welcome one