Gareth Joyner is a London-based writer, comedian and twice university drop-out that is old enough to know better.
Born and raised in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, he has made an indelible mark on the UK’s cabaret and comedy scene with his better known comic creation; the acerbic-witted ‘self-declared Siren of South Yorkshire’ Ms Myra DuBois. Casting Gareth aside, Myra has managed to harvest critical acclaim, a few awards and following her appearance on BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, the fandom of Sir Tim Rice, who professed Myra DuBois’ rendition of Rice’s own song ‘I Know Him So Well’ to be “definitive”. Myra’s solo-show ‘Self AdMyra’, written and directed by Gareth Joyner, played at the London Wonderground in 2016 before a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a subsiquent UK tour in 2017. Myra’s first solo Christmas show, ‘We Wish You A Myra Christmas’, also written and directed by Gareth Joyner, played to sold-out audiences at the Charing Cross Theatre in 2016. Gareth’s second comedy creation, the ‘comedian’ Frank Lavender, took to the stage at the Leicester Square Theatre in 2016.
Aside from his work with Myra DuBois, Gareth has provided content for Attitude Magazine, Gaylife Manchester, Boyz Magazine and ThisIsCabaret.com. He appeared on Dom Jolly’s ‘Fool Britannia’ (ITV), BBC’s Comedy Cafe (BBC Scotland), BBC’s Comedy Club (Radio 4 Extra) and is a prolific writer, actor and director of ‘alternative pantomimes’, with six of them under his belt at the prestigious Cabaret venues ‘The Royal Vauxhall Tavern’ and ‘The Two Brewers’ respectively. As a long term lover of the pantomime genre Gareth was thrilled to make his debut in traditional panto as ‘Nicole Hardup’ in Cinderella at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill for their 2016 season.