Alistair McGowan is an impressionist, actor, writer of jokes, plays and sketches, stand-up comedian and, latterly, pianist.

His early career on Spitting Image and The Big Impression, two of TV’s most popular shows, made him a household name. An inspired and inspiring entertainer, Alistair is in demand for theatre touring, voice-overs and corporate engagements. Adding to his well-known stand-up, Alistair recently toured three shows,  An Evening Shared with Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan, The Piano Show and Radio Live.

At the age of 49, Alistair went back to the piano (having reached Grade 2 as a nine-year old), achieving a No. 1 Sony album that grew into successful live concerts with a difference. The Piano Show, 13 short pieces interspersed with Alistair’s trademark impressions, is ‘the classical concert you’ve always wanted to see’. A second piano album followed.

In 2023, Alistair moved to the beautiful town of Ludlow, in Shropshire, where he set up the Ludlow Piano Festival, featuring celebrity piano concerts and piano concerts ‘with a difference’, a mix of words, music, dance and comedy. The 2024 programme “includes a headline act from Italy whose ‘Baroque and Roll’ programme has to be seen (and heard) to be believed”. Alistair is also a patron of the Ludlow Fringe, and in 2024 will publish a book of poetry, ‘Not What We Were Expecting’, published by Flapjack Press, to be released on 12 June.




Following the success of his Sony album, which reached No 1 in the UK Classical Album charts, comes Alistair McGowan’s new show, combining his talents as master impressionist and comedian with his new-found talent as a classical pianist!

Join Alistair as he plays classical gems by Glass, Chopin, Gershwin, Grieg, Debussy, Tiersen and Satie – expect a lot of beautiful music (with the odd mistake!) and more than a sprinkling of his trademark impressions.

“…the audience drank it in… Alistair can become classical music’s secret weapon”
David Mellor, The Mail on Sunday

“Alistair McGowan’s impressions are faultless”
The Sunday Times

“He plays the piano splendidly”
The Observer

“Alistair plays an impressive range of pieces with enviable touch and feeling”
Charles Owen, pianist.

“Two shows for the price of one: laugh-out-loud comedy and some surprisingly sensitive piano playing”
James Lisney, pianist.

“Inspired and inspiring!”
Anthony Hewitt, Concert pianist.