Joe Wells' writing career began when his first book 'Touch and Go Joe' about his experiences of OCD was published, since then he has made a name for himself as a stand up comic, writer and speaker. Joe now focuses mainly on his unique brand of political comedy.
As seen on tour with Alexei Sayle
Opened for Frankie Boyle on some of his 2015 Leicester Square Theatre Dates and again for some of his 2016 Pleasance Islington and Leicester Square Theatre dates.
As seen on Amnesty International's 'Human TV'
Writer for 'The Revolution Will Be Televised Series 2'
Writer for 'Have I Got News For You'
As heard on 'No Pressure To Be Funny'
The Portsmouth Guide Award for Best Comedy 2014 - Winner
Comedy Central Funniest Student 2010 – Winner
New Act Of The Year (formerly Hackney Empire) 2011 – Finalist
Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2012 - Runner Up
The Guide Award for Best Comedy 2011 – Shortlisted
London New Comedy Awards 2010 – Finalist
The Guide Award for Best Comedy 2009 – Shortlisted
"Joe Wells is a skilled jokesmith who threads great gags through intelligent political material that, whilst razor-sharp, is never particularly angry or dark. As the first gross gags open up into smarter, topical ones it's clear that this is a tightly-structured, well thought-out set. Excellent jokes and sly political comment wrapped tightly in a neat parcel which delivers regular, powerful laughs from a delighted audience. He spins new life out of easy targets like bankers and the BNP with some wonderful imagery" British Comedy Guide
"A star of the future... some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian in his early 20s" The Guardian
“Highly original, inspired and suitably different from the rest of the crowd… brilliantly crafted jokes” Comedy Central
"Proud communist Joe Wells thankfully appeals to the intellect as he discusses the BNP's misunderstanding of flags, fascist propaganda and what would happen if Richard Littlejohn and a harsh comedy reviewer fought to the death. There are solid gags throughout with some unexpected and beautiful turns of phrase. Wells has clearly worked hard building his set, which is well paced, interesting, balanced and funny"
"A real venom in his delivery seemed to communicate that the numerous laughs that he manages to obtain are just positive collateral to the message he is trying to portray"
"A tight confident set with some exceedingly clever moments"
"A much-needed voice against hypocrisy as well as a wonderfully talented stand-up comedian, Joe Wells uses his comedy to burst a gigantic hole in the sides of homophobia, misogyny and racism while still managing to remain funny throughout" Portsmouth Evening News
Reviews for 'Night of The Living Tories'
"Recommended" - Heat Magazine
"In the debut outing for his Night Of The Living Tories show, Wells showed why he is one the finest young political comics doing the rounds; he's bold, cutting and, at times, ruthless." - Brighton Argus
"I should tell you that he is “one to watch for the future”, but honestly, he’s more than that he is one to watch now" - We Love Brighton
"Wells is set to go far with this level of quality in new material" - Total Politics
"This show is a genuine hidden treasure of the Fringe... ...Clever, insightful and funny, well structured jokes are set up and delivered intelligently and candidly. Top stuff." Chortle (4 stars)
"This is a cheeky, intelligent and well crafted hour of political comedy with punch. A thoroughly enjoyable movement for social justice with a bounty of laughs." Broadway Baby (4 stars)
Reviews for "10 Things I Hate About UKIP"
"Very funny and well structured... 4 stars" The Reviews Hub
"Joe Wells intelligent political comedy has taken a turn for the bleak as fuck...well written, likeable and crucially sensitive" Three Weeks