Award-winning comedy shows and events for TV, radio, and theatre.
Max & Ivan are a globally acclaimed comedy double-act, who have performed their intricate multi-character live shows at SXSW festival, the Adelaide Fringe, the Edinburgh Fringe, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as on tour throughout the UK.
They produce large scale events for festivals, write for radio and TV and have appeared in all your favourite TV shows (providing your favourite shows are W1A, Peep Show and Drunk Histories).
Alongside Graham Dickson, they are co-founders of The Free Association, London’s premier improv school.
Their most recent show, Max & Ivan: Commitment, was one of the Guardian’s best comedy shows of 2019, and was nominated for Best Show at the 2020 Chortle Comedy Awards.
As producers, Max & Ivan have created a number of highly successful live formats, including the supershow The Wrestling - where the world’s best comedians step into the ring and actually wrestle alongside actual (enormous) professional wrestlers – which has played to sold-out audiences in Edinburgh and Melbourne since its first outing when it scooped the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Panel Prize.
They also masterminded Max & Ivan’s Prom Night – an anarchic, interactive, 1950’s high school prom show-cum-party, which played to a sell-out crowd of 1,000 in‘Assembly High’, a purpose-designed venue.
Max & Ivan created, wrote and starred in BBC Radio 4 sitcom The Casebook of Max & Ivan, which ran for two series (and two specials) and has attracted guest stars including Matt Lucas, JuneWhitfield, Reece Shearsmith, and Jessica Hynes. Community Disservice, an episode featuringJoanna Lumley as faded but glamorous actress Lavinia Moncrief, was chosen for Radio 4’s Pick of the Year.
They also created a Comedy Blap for Channel 4 based on their hit live show The Reunion. As actors they have appeared separately on a range of shows, and together as near-mute executives Ben and Jerry in the BBC’s W1A. Very good, very strong.
In late 2019, Max & Ivan released the podcast Max & Ivan: Fugitives, an eight-part explosive comedy thriller produced by Storyglass, Fremantle’s new scripted audio label. The series, inspired by big tech, big data and the chaotic way global politics is currently unfolding, featured guest stars including Stephen Mangan, Gemma Whelan and Adam Buxton, and reached #1 in the Apple Podcasts Comedy Fiction charts in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Germany, and Oman(!).
AND UNFLAGGINGLY FUNNY'
'JOKES UPON JOKES
UPON JOKES ... ASTONISHING'
‘MAX & IVAN ARE
THE REAL DEAL’
‘A JOY TO WATCH’
‘A DELIGHT TO BEHOLD'
THE WRESTLING is a death-defying, Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning, sell-out mega-show - the grandest, most outrageous spectacle in the comedy universe.
Stemming from Max’s misspent youth as the UK’s youngest professional wrestler (Max Voltage, the Human Dynamo), it’s a world of spectacular high-flying action featuring your favourite comedians as you’ve never seen them before.
Since The Wrestling began, Aisling Bea has been hurled over the top rope (whilst cheered on by her manager, devout nun Katherine Ryan), Joe Lycett has been crowned champion, Sara Pascoe has been carried in on the back of an entire semi-nude team of acrobats, and Max & Ivan have done battle atop a ladder - all in front of a feral live crowd.
Good versus evil. Clotheslines versus punchlines. As seen in Edinburgh, Melbourne, and (watch this space) beyond…
AWARDS PANEL PRIZE
‘A TRULY AWESOME EVENT’
‘AN UNMISSABLE NIGHT’
‘MUST BE SEEN
TO BE BELIEVED’
‘AN IDEA SO BRILLIANT
IT’S A WONDER NO ONE
THOUGHT OF IT SOONER’
Two lowly tech developers acquire a laptop full of contraband data, witness a murder, and then narrowly escape being assassinated. Suddenly, they find themselves sucked into a world of state-funded disinformation campaigns, bot farms, all-knowing Big Data organisations, and shadowy terror groups.
Inspired by the chaotic way global politics is currently unfolding, Max & Ivan: Fugitives is an eight-part scripted podcast, featuring guest stars including Adam Buxton, Alice Lowe, Gemma Whelan and Kyle Kinane.
Since its release, Fugitives has hit #1 in the Apple podcast charts in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Germany, and Oman(!).
You are invited to a real-life, late-night, prom! So dress up fancy, get your dad to drop you off at Assembly High – the only high school inhabited by all your favourite comedians – and come and party like it’s 1955! (Or, if you subscribe to the obscure fundamentalist beliefs of science teacher Mrs Jefferies, 1643.)
Featuring: live rock’n’roll, dancing ’til late, irresponsibly strong punch, and good old fashioned makin’ out. Dress code: 50s prom realness.
‘ONE HELL OF A PARTY’
THE CASEBOOK OF MAX & IVAN is our crime caper sitcom on BBC Radio 4, in which we play low-rent private detectives tackling a different case each week!
Featuring Lewis Macleod as our erratic landlord Malcolm McMichaelmas, a cast of thousands (all played by the brilliant Jessica Ransom and David Reed), and a different brilliant guest star in every episode. Thus far, these have included…
The late, great, JUNE WHITFIELD as Dame Celia Deeply-Inappropriate, a gin-soaked beauty-pageant proprietress, in ‘A Perfect 10’.
MATT LUCAS as Bernie Goldfinkelrubenstein, fast-talking movie mogul, in ‘The Screen Test’.
REECE SHEARSMITH as Elliot Pain, eerie secondhand bookshop-owner, in ‘The Haunted Bookshop’.
JESSICA HYNES as Mrs Sampson, terrifying headteacher, in ‘A Different Class’.
MARK HEAP as Uncle Cornelius, failed anthropologist, in ‘Against The Grain’.
JOANNA LUMLEY as Lavinia Moncrief, glamorous but faded actress, in ‘Community Disservice’.
JASON WATKINS as Robert R. Roberts, deeply dull erotic fiction writer, in ‘Crime Writing Doesn’t Pay’.
BRIDGET CHRISTIE as Brenda Zamponi, stressed out circus owner, in ‘Cirque du Solihull’.
RICHARD WILSON as Max’s Great Uncle Bernard, in ‘Help! The Aged!’
KATHERINE PARKINSON as Dame Mama Shanks, fearsome South London criminal matriarch, in ‘New Year’s Evil’.
Say ‘I do’ to the triumphant return of Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominees Max & Ivan, as seen in BBC One’s W1A and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Casebook of Max & Ivan.
Commitment is the TRUE STORY of the unreasonable lengths one best man (Max) will go to give one groom (Ivan) the greatest weekend of his life.
It’s a show about dreaming big, growing up, and trying – but ultimately very much failing – to make it in the band.
Commitment was produced by the mighty Berk's Nest and was performed at the Pleasance, Edinburgh and the Soho Theatre, London, before a full UK Tour (just before COVID-19 struck and live theatre was made illegal...)
‘A NON-STOP LAUGH FEST’
‘A DOOZY… BIG OF HEART, PACKED WITH LAUGHTER.’
A tale of love, loss, and shatter-proof rulers. The Channel 4 Blaps based on the Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated live show.
Six conversations. Twelve people. Two performers. One director (the mighty Tom Levinge).
Literally the most pointless stupid bullshit we’ve ever made.
Somehow, this has almost 5 million views...
A rare double double-act collab!