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Simon Hickson

Simon Hickson

British podcaster, comedian
Simon Hickson
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Intro British podcaster, comedian
Is Internet personality Podcaster Comedian Stand-up comedian
From United Kingdom
Type Entertainment Humor Internet
Gender male
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Simon Hickson is a British podcaster and comedian, one-half of the comedy duo Trev and Simon with Trevor Neal. They are best known for a family-friendly version of anarchic alternative comedy on BBC1 Saturday-morning shows Going Live! (1987-1993), and Live and Kicking (1993-1997).

Hickson and Neal met as drama students at Manchester University in 1981. Hickson was a year older than Neal. They first encountered each other at the drama department's Christmas show, in which Neal played a squirrel on a skateboard.

In a podcast, the duo recount how comedian Ben Elton taught Hickson Greek tragedy, and their Professor, David Mayer (father of Lise Mayer) introduced them to Rik Mayall and Abe Adrian Edmondson, who had been his students some years before. The Young Ones (written by Mayall, Lise Mayer and Ben Elton) was an early influence.

Hickson and Neal initially performed as a trio together with Phil Dennison. They later appeared as a double act on the Manchester comedy circuit as Devilfishhornclub, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1984, and promising "non-racist, non-sexist humour".

Following a suggestion by John Hegley, the duo were persuaded to relocate to London from Manchester. Later, they were approached by a BBC producer for Saturday Superstore who "said they were looking for a double act to represent the new style of comedy, but for children". Their appearances on Going Live would result in the creation of some well loved sketches and catchphrases, such as the Singing Corner's "Swing Your Pants" and "We don't do duvets."

Hickson and Neal created a crowdfunded comedy drama podcast, Strangeness in Space. The podcast stars Neal, Hickson, and Sophie Aldred. Strangeness in Space is reminiscent of Red Dwarf, albeit with the pair's trademark absurd humor. The story concerns a fictional pop duo called Pink Custard (played by Neal and Hickson) who are stuck in space orbiting the planet Mirth with Sophie (played by Sophie Aldred) and robot L.E.M.O.N as they encounter various bizarre creatures and situations.

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