Humphrey Ker was educated at Eton College. He entered Edinburgh University on a military scholarship. But after feeling let down by the base he would be training at, and deciding that comedy was more fun, he gave up on a potential career in the military. Ker read history at Edinburgh University, where he also became a member of 'The Improverts' comedy group. It was here that Ker met David Reed and Thom Tuck, together they formed a Victorian comedy sketch troupe, 'The Penny Dreadfuls'. The trio took a number of shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as writing and performing in two radio series' for the BBC, 'The Brothers Faversham' and 'More Brothers Faversham'. 'The Penny Dreadfuls' decided to take a hiatus in 2010 and Ker took his own show to Edinburgh in 2011. His show, 'Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher', was based loosely on the history of his maternal grandfather (Vice-Admiral Sir Dymock Watson). Ker won the Fosters Best Newcomer Comedy Award for his performance. On screen Ker has appeared in a number of sketch shows, including the BBC's 'Fast and Loose' and CBBC's 'Fit'. Despite their hiatus he and his fellow 'Dreadfuls' continue to write and perform in 'Penny Dreadfuls Presents' one-off specials for BBC Radio 4. Ker has also appeared on a number of the station's panel shows, and acted as the curator for the 6th series of 'The Museum of Curiosity'. (8/12/13) Ker is currently developing his sitcom, 'Terrible People', for the US ABC network.
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