Waen Shepherd is an actor, writer, comedian and composer.
After a brief flirtation with fringe theatre, poetry and telesales, Waen turned his hand to character comedy, performing bizarre monologues at the legendary CLUUB ZARATHRSTRA, touring with spoof techno band THE POD and smashing up Cornish pasties in the guise of ‘William Whicker’. In 1999, Waen co-wrote and voiced the award-winning animation THE WOLFMAN before writing, directing and starring in his own animation, ORIGEN’S WAKE for Channel 4’s Comedy Lab series in 2001.
Working as one half of double-act THE PETERFORD GOLF CLUB gave Waen the opportunity to build an arsenal of comic characters, the most successful of which was the New Romantic pop star ‘Gary Le Strange’. His first solo show, POLAROID SUITCASE earned him the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer in 2003 and the Chortle Best Newcomer Award 2004. This led to regular appearances on the Radio 2 comedies, OUT TO LUNCH and THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED, and from there, Waen went on to play space hero ‘Captain Helix’ in two series of the sci-fi sitcom HYPERDRIVE (BBC2). In 2006, The Times named Waen one of Britain’s Top 50 comedians and The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy crowned him one of the Top 50 cult comedy icons. Gary has released two singles this year, SHUT UP MUM and I AM A VIDEO both hilarious and well worth a listen!
Over the past few years, Waen has been a regular face at comedy clubs such as The Book Club, Spank, Club Fantastico and Ealing Live. He has also appeared in various guises in COMEDY CUTS (ITV2), WORLD OF WRESTLING (Film Club), 28 ACTS IN 28 MINTUES (BBC3/Radio 4), THE WORLD STANDS UP (Paramount) and THE ‘DON’T WATCH WITH MOTHER’ SKETCH BOOK (Radio 4). Though ‘Gary Le Strange’ is now dead, Waen continues to perform live in the guise of surf rock legend ‘Colin Watson’ and often reads out stories he wrote as a young boy.
He appeared in E4’s THE INBETWEENERS as the creepy Mr Kennedy and appeared in a couple of episodes with WE ARE KLAANG in their BBC3 series.
In addition to his work as a comedian and actor, Waen has also written songs, theme tunes and incidental scores for various TV, radio and theatre shows including THE WALL (BBC 3), MR & MRS FANDANGO (C4), MAINSTAGE (Channel X), GOLF WAR (E4) and TODAY WITH DODI & DI (E4).