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With his popular morning radio show and a string of TV credits, he is still one of the most famous faces of Scottish comedy. His on screen reputation and on air witticisms are the product of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever-Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.
Arriving late to the world of stand-up comedy, starting at the age of 31, he has gone on to be a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe (clocking up his 26th year there in 2014) and at comedy festivals worldwide. He has been presenting the very funny and eventful MacAulay and Co on BBC Radio Scotland since June 1997.
He has successfully featured in and presented many programmes for BBC TV: he hosted the talk show McCoist and MacAulay and presented Life According to Fred, Hoots, Simply Fred and Scots on the Box.
He has appeared as a guest on many Radio 4 comedy panel shows:
I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just A Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz.
On national television he has been a panelist on shows including Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News For You. In addition he has been a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson twice on US television and his performance at The Montreal Comedy Festival has been shown coast to coast in North America as well.
He lasted 7 out of 11 nights when he sang on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in 2007. Further charity challenges saw him kayak the Caledonian Canal for Sport Relief in temperatures as low as -18 Celsius and in 2011 he scaled Mt Kilimanjaro. His West Highland Way-hey walk was broadcast on Hogmanay 2012 on STV.
Before his comedy career took off, he studied at the University of Dundee and graduated with an MA in Accountancy and Jurisprudence. He received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from the same University in 2006 in appreciation of his time there as Rector.
He is married with three grown up children. He is much in demand as an after-dinner speaker and awards presenter, which has taken him to Australia, Hong Kong, America, Iceland, France and Spain.