Aaron Simmonds has been failing to stand up for 30 years; luckily he is far better at comedy than standing up. He has a unique perspective on life, usually of people's belly buttons, which gives him stories to tell, and a sore neck.
Simmonds’s comedic style is story-based, with clever one-liners interspersed throughout. He offers sharply-observed comedy which is grounded in his disability, but is by no means limited by it. Amiable, likeable and with a commanding presence on stage, Aaron is an exciting talent and is destined for great things.
"anecdotal gold.. a supremely confident and intelligent performer”
His credits include BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC Two), The Edinburgh Show (BBC Scotland), BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Unexpected Fluids podcast and Laura Whitmore’s Sunday Session (BBC Radio 5 Live). He’s also been seen and heard on BBC Three and BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has appeared in a BBC Quickie with Brennan Reece and Rosie Jones.
Aaron performed his critically-acclaimed debut show, Disabled Coconut, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. It detailed a complicated relationship alongside the absurdity of “competitive disability”. Some people have got the idea, he explains, that because of his upper body strength and background in sport, he is “not disabled enough”.
"a superb storyteller.. a confident, sparky, smiley presence onstage, it is easy to see why he is an award winner.. This show has the most beautifully constructed and the most unexpectable narrative line of pretty much any I have seen. There are twists and turns and in every single one there is a laugh.. a perfect lesson in how to deal with the terminally patronising, this hour belts along on wheels of laughter.” – ★★★★The Scotsman
“Certainly Impressive” - Beyond the Joke
an assured debut from a lover and a fighter
The Scotsman ★★★★
a talented comedian who has the audience in the palm of his hand
Broadway World ★★★★
a man with plenty attitude and a keen sense of the right humorous stuff
Finalist - Amused Moose Best Show 'Aaron Simmonds: Disabled Coconut', Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2019
Nominee - Broadway World UK Best Comedy Show 'Aaron Simmonds: Disabled Coconut', Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2019
Winner - Jewish Comedian Of The Year, 2017
Finalist - BBC New Comedian of the Year, 2017