Comedians | Raymond Mearns
Raymond Mearns has been a full time Comedian and Actor since June 2003! Prior to this he had done comedy part time whilst working as a Communciations Sales Manager for Arthur McKay based in Edinburgh. Notable credits up till that point included:
1996 – Trial by Night (STV) – Studio Guest
1997 – The Big Big Talent Show (ITV) – Contestant
1998 – Part of “Troy” in “Home” – BAFTA best short 1999
2001 – Winner – Jongleurs new Act Competition.
2002 – Live Floor Show (BBC) – Series 1
2003 – Live Floor Show (BBC) – Series 2 & 3
In mid-2003 Raymond was cast as Big Roddie in The Feature Film “Ae Fond Kiss” directed by Ken Loach.
In 2004, Raymond was a founder member of the improvisational comedy sketch group Dance Monkey Boy Dance!!! Which saw a sell-out run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then onto New York where DMBD performed at: The Improv and The Gotham Comedy Club, alongside the first ever New York Comedy Festival.
In November 2005 Raymond returned to New York where he played to a sell-out crowd at The Laugh Factory with the Show “Laughs Across the Ocean” in collaboration with New York Comic, Danny Lobell.
2006 included appearances on “Off the Ball”, “Rebus” and the pilot Episode of “Legit’” where Raymond first played the character “Happy Boab”. At end of 2006 Raymond shot his second feature film for Ken Loach as he played the character: “Andy” in “It’s A free World”
In 2007, “Legit’” the series was commissioned and Raymond spent a memorable summer playing “Happy Boab” whom the Sunday Mail described as: “A character who brings so much sunshine into the world he deserves his own show!” Raymond also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in his new one man stand-up show: “Recovering Arsehole”. The year ended with Raymond shooting a series of commercials for the Sun Newspaper that included cameo appearances from Frank McAvennie and John Smeaton. 2007 Also saw the release of Raymond’s first DVD which was recorded at the Stand Comedy Club during the Glasgow International Comedy Festival
2008 saw Raymond assume the Role of Executive Producer on the feature film “Next Time Ned”, written and directed by Thomas McCue. Raymond also played the main character “Ned Randall” and contributed to the score. This was followed by a number of trips abroad to entertain British Troops and then onto Edinburgh where Raymond performed another one man show “Shaggy Dog Stories” of which Chortle said: “Virtually every line that issues from this man is funny, some of them very much so!”. 2008 also saw the birth of the smash hit: “Limmy’s Show” created by internet sensation Brian Limond and Raymond was chosen as a member of the principal cast for the Pilot. At the end of the year Raymond also landed a part in the “Rab C Nesbitt” Christmas Special.
Raymond embarked upon his first tour of Scotland in the spring of 2009 and this was followed up with two quite unusual jobs! The first of these was to promote the Glasgow Comedy Festival, where Raymond was asked to provide a completely improvised comedy guide to the city from an open top tour bus. Then a few weeks later Raymond was hired to provide additional voiceover on “The Illusionist” an animated feature film directed by Sylvian Chomet. Both of these proved to be surprise hits as “The Illusionist” was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars in 2011 and the Bus Tour was seen all over the world and this was borne out when, to Raymond’s delight, he was recognised whilst on tour in Western Australia in 2010. Raymond was then drafted in to join the cast of BBC Radio Scotland’s sketch comedy programme “The Ellis and Clarke Show” and then onto Series 1 of “Limmy’s show” where Raymond cemented his reputation as a comic actor of significant ability. At the very end of 2009 Raymond was flown to Prague to film the TV commercial for Cheestrings that was aired UK wide in 2010 and 2011.
In 2010, Raymond was cast in the BBC Radio Scotland Sit-com “No Hard Feelings” playing a range of different characters alongside John Gordon Sinclair. This was quickly followed up by him landing the role of “The Pharmacist” in the BBC Drama “One Night In Emergency” written by Gregory Burke and starring Kevin McKidd. A Significant part of 2010 was also spent setting up RAB Productions, an innovative new production company that Raymond runs in conjunction with Calum Weir to produce bespoke comedy based films for the corporate and educational sectors. At the end of 2010 Raymond did some shows in Western Australia and also did the short film “TUMULT / An Incident in Time” directed by award winning writer/director John Barrington.
As of 2011 Raymond has completed a successful mini tour of venues across Scotland. He also appeared in the new series of “Rab C Nesbitt” and in the BBC’s Scottish Soap Opera “River City”. His second DVD was released in April of 2011 and he then went on tour with “Pete Doherty” doing support slots at The Shepherds Bush Empire and various venues in the North of England, Raymond continues to do live stand-up most weekends at various clubs across the UK and beyond.