Ian Cognito: A Life and A Death On Stage

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Ian Cognito: A Life and A Death On Stage Rising to fame amid the 1980s alternative comedy boom, Ian Cognito was one of the UK's most popular comedians. So dedicated was Cognito to his work, that he literally died on stage. His performances left audiences in complete hysterics - but behind the laughter was a troubled and often controversial figure. This is the story of the comedy scene that nurtured a comedic genius, and the real life of a man famed for his outlandish sense of humour.

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LaurelAward Winner at Royal Society of Television & Motion Picture 2021
LaurelAward Winner at LA Indies 2021
LaurelAward Winner at Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2021
LaurelAward Winner at Miami Indie Film Awards 2021

LaurelSemi Finalist in AltFF Alternative Film Festival 2021
LaurelSemi Finalist in Hong Kong Indie Film Festival 2021

LaurelOfficial Selection in Cannes International Cinema Film Festival 2021
LaurelOfficial Selection at London Movie Awards 2022
LaurelOfficial Selection in Montreal Independent Film Festival 2021

LaurelNominee at Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2022

"Cognito puts them all in the shade. If you want to know what’s wrong with New Britain, Ian Cognito’s going to tell you. And if you don’t, you’d be advised to keep your mouth shut. Just stunning." - The Guardian

"a must for anyone with the slightest interest in stand-up history" - Beyond The Joke

"In a nifty film-making technique, Bor and Ward have the comics all share their most outrageous Cognito anecdotes but reduce them just to their punchlines" - Chortle

"A raging bull goaded by a flaming sense of injustice" - The Independent

"Probably the most talented stand-up that you’ve never heard of… ..clever songs and an unrelenting wave of perhaps the funniest jokes you’re likely to hear" - The Skinny

"This is controlled anarchy from Cognito. An old master at work." - Fest

The Producers

Joe Bor - Co-Director and Co-Producer

Joe is a multi award winning comedian and film maker. He has worked as a video producer and director for numerous companies. He has also been a professional stand up comedian for over 15 years and has worked on many TV shows including The Graham Norton Show, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You. He has been nominated for Best Short Film at The British Independent Film Awards and was nominated English Comedian of The Year.

Danny Ward - Co-Director and Co-Producer

Danny began his media career at World Productions having gained a distinction level MA in Television and Film Production under the tutelage of Tony Garnett. He went on to manage his own film making business and has produced work for a variety of diverse clients including as The London Fire Brigade and comedians including Romesh Ranganathan.

In comedy, he has taken up seven solo shows and won a prestigious comedy award.

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