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Brian Limond (born 20 October 1974), better known as Limmy, is a Scottish comedian, writer and streamer. He became known for his website and blog. In late 2006, his daily podcast Limmy's World of Glasgow received interest from the mainstream British media.[1][2] From 2010 to 2013, BBC Scotland broadcast his sketch show series Limmy's Show. Limond is a prolific user of the social networking applications Twitter, YouTube, and, previously, Vine. Limond is also a regular user of Twitch and regularly live-streams himself telling improvised stories, chatting and playing video games.

Brian Limond
Limmy wearing a hairband at home in 2009.jpg
Limond in 2009
Born
Brian Limond

(1974-10-20) 20 October 1974 (age 44)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationComedian, actor, writer, director
Partner(s)Lynn McGowan
(2000–present)
Children1
Websitelimmy.com

Early lifeEdit

Brian Limond was born on 20 October 1974 in Glasgow, and grew up in the Carnwadric[3] and Priesthill areas of the city. After school, he studied printing, electronic publishing, and multimedia technology. His mother died in 1995.[3]

Limond worked at Glasgow-based new media company Black ID.[4] In the summer of 2001, employees of Black ID created a rival company, Flammable Jam, referred to as Flam Jam where he was a web designer and director. During his time at Flam Jam, he was asked to contribute to the book New Masters of Flash: The 2002 Annual, a resource for Macromedia Flash developers.[5]. In 2001, he co-founded company Chunk Ideas and in 2006 sold his stake in the company to co-founder Donnie Kerrigan to concentrate on his comedy career.[6][7]

CareerEdit

Scottish culture magazine The List listed Limond at number 14 in their Hot 100 list of 2006, which celebrated the people who made the biggest impact on cultural life in Scotland over that year.[8] In March 2007, Limond took to the stage for two sold out appearances at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

In 2007, he played a character called Zack Eastwood in Consolevania and Videogaiden. In June 2009, the BBC commissioned a six-episode series of Limmy's Show, a sketch show which premiered on BBC Scotland in January 2010.[9] The BBC commissioned a second series of Limmy's Show, which premiered on BBC Scotland in February 2011. Limmy wrote a pilot for a sitcom based around Falconhoof, but the show was turned down by BBC Scotland.[10] He made a cameo appearance in The IT Crowd, playing a window cleaner with an unintelligible Glaswegian accent in the episode "The Final Countdown", which aired in July 2010.[11]

In 2014, Limmy had a regular segment in the second series of the Charlie Brooker news satire show Weekly Wipe. Limond is also known for his webcam chats, in which he interacts with fans and makes music.[12]

In 2015, Limmy wrote his first book titled Daft Wee Stories, published by Random House on 30 July.[13][14] To promote the book Limmy had a UK book reading tour visiting Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, and London, and had three of the stories published in The Scotsman newspaper.[15][16]

In January 2016, he performed four nights at the Clyde Auditorium and one in London at the Hammersmith Apollo, adapting material from this TV shows to become Limmy Live![17]

On 1 May 2017, Limmy released his second book of short stories, That's Your Lot, embarking on a similar UK book reading tour to his first.[18][19]

Limond appeared on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast in 2015[20] and again in 2017.[21]

In 2017, the BBC commissioned a one-off special of Limmy's Homemade Show. It was originally intended by Limmy to be an online show only with episodes released once a month before it was taken up the BBC. It was broadcast on BBC Scotland in April 2018. The show was produced, performed, directed, filmed and edited all by Limond alone.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Limond has struggled with mental health issues such as depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as a history of alcoholism. He often openly discusses these issues on social media and in interviews.[3][23] He is now teetotal.[24] He has been in a relationship with Lynn McGowan since 2000; they have one son, born in 2010.[3]

Limond has become well known for the parody tributes he often tweets on the death of a celebrity, where he invariably posts that he "had the pleasure of meeting them at a charity do once. He/She was surprisingly down to earth, and VERY funny". Following the death of nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow, his tweet was reported as a genuine tribute by Sky News.[25] The tweet would eventually become the title of Limond's autobiography.

FilmographyEdit

Film and televisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Consolevania Zack Eastwood
2007 VideoGaiden Zack Eastwood
2010 The IT Crowd Window Cleaner Episode: "The Final Countdown"
2011 Charlie Brooker's 2011 Wipe Himself
2010–2013 Limmy's Show Various Characters[3] 20 episodes
Creator, writer, director, animator
2014 Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe Himself Five episodes
2015 Pompidou Handyman Episode: "Cold"
2018 Limmy's Homemade Show Various Characters Television special
Creator, writer, director

BibliographyEdit

  • Daft Wee Stories (2015) ISBN 978-1780893754
  • That's Your Lot (2017) ISBN 978-0008172602
  • Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny (2019) ISBN 978-0008294663

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Platform
2011 Raffle King Android[26]
2014 Farting Boaby Android[27]
2014 Jumping Android[28]
2014 Swearing Xylophone Android[29]

AwardsEdit

  • 2011 British Academy Scotland Award for the second series of Limmy's Show[30][3]
  • 2013 British Academy Scotland Award for Best Comedy/Entertainment Programme[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Millar, Anna. "Scotland on Sunday". Scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com. Retrieved 24 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The arts online - Saturday entertainment". Times Online.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Limmy on how nothing is funnier than unhappiness". The Scotsman. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Brian Limond: How I got there and where to next". The Drum. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  5. ^ New masters of flash : the 2002 annual. Gay, Jonathan. Birmingham: Friends of ED. 2001. ISBN 1903450365. OCLC 47439878.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "Flammable Jam directors split but agency goes on". The Drum. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Game maker cracks combination with tie-in for Bank Job TV show". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  8. ^ Apter, Kelly. "Pick of 2006 - Hot 100 - Pick of 2006". The List. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  9. ^ "BBC Two Programmes - Limmy's Show". Bbc.co.uk. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  10. ^ Eames, Tom (9 June 2016). "Limmy's Falconhoof sitcom was turned down and he has no plans for new Limmy's Show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  11. ^ Laverde, Jake (2 July 2010). "The IT Crowd series 4 episode 2 review #2". Den of Geek!. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  12. ^ "LimmyLive on USTREAM: Hiya, welcome to the webcam show of Brian "Limmy" Limond!. Blog". Ustream.tv. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Limmy to write new book, titled 'Daft Wee Stories'". The Scotsman. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Daft Wee Stories". www.penguin.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  15. ^ Limmy [@DaftLimmy] (2 June 2015). "Come along to my first live thing since 2008 and my very first book reading for my very first book, Daft Wee Stories!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "The Write Stuff: Three tales from Limmy's Daft Wee Stories". The Scotsman. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  17. ^ Mullen, Scott (28 January 2016). "Review: Limmy Live! Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow". The Herald. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Limmy: That's Your Lot". Time Out. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Limmy interview: 'The one thing that makes me happy is accepting people are stupid'". The Daily Telegraph. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast: RHLSTP 80 - Limmy". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  21. ^ Bruce, Dessau. "News: News Acts Announced For Richard Herring's Podcast Interviews". Beyond the Joke. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ "Comedian Limmy opens up about depression". www.gq-magazine.co.uk. GQ. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  24. ^ "Limmy: Drink fight was no joke". the Glaswegian. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  25. ^ "Limmy's parody tribute makes it onto Sky News' Peter Stringfellow segment - NME". NME. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Raffle King - Android Apps on Google Play". play.google.com.
  27. ^ "Farting Boaby - Android Apps on Google Play". play.google.com.
  28. ^ "Jumping - Android Apps on Google Play". play.google.com.
  29. ^ "Swearing Xylo Free - Android Apps on Google Play". play.google.com.
  30. ^ "British Academy Scotland Awards Winners in 2011".
  31. ^ "British Academy Scotland Awards 2013: Winners - Awards - Scotland - The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. Retrieved 31 March 2014.

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