Gary Slaymaker has been a television & radio presenter since 1988, and has done work for BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 5/5 Live, BBC One Wales, S4C, and Channel 5; amongst others.
He has also been performing as a stand-up comedian since 1992, working in both Welsh and English.
Gary is also a noted film reviewer in Wales. He’s been doing this for so long he’s gone from being known as “the Welsh Barry Norman”, to “the Welsh Jonathon Ross”. And he’s looking forward to punching the first person who calls him “the Welsh Claudia Winkleman”.
As well as specialising in film and comedy, he has also been involved in sports productions involving football, rugby union, rugby league, and boxing.
A published author, Gary is also an in-demand after dinner speaker, who can tailor his stories of meetings with the rich and famous, to cater to any type of audience.
January - Was one of a crew of presenters on Sky Channel 200, doing tongue-in-cheek reviews of recent DVD/Blu-Ray releases, with fellow comedians Mitch Benn and Toby Hadoke. A second series is in the pipeline, for Loaded TV, which has regular online viewing figures of around 12 million.
March – as part of the comedy showcase, “The Dragon has 3 Tongues”, entertained the Welsh Society of Toronto. Following the evening, he has been approached to do further stand-up work in Canada and America.
May – Played four gigs at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival; all of which were sold out.
August – will be appearing at the first ever comedy gala at the National Eisteddfod; which is being held in the main pavilion. 1,500 tickets have already been sold.
October - will be recording his own 30 minute stand-up showcase to be broadcast on S4C before the end of the year.
Gary has, more recently, created and presented the comedy panel game for movie lovers, Son of a Pitch. The first series was aired in June & July 2015 on the Made in Cardiff TV network…and a second series has been commissioned.
A long time Cardiff City supporter, Gary is also an authority on American comic books and Welsh swear words. He enjoys a good pub quiz, although he admits he’s far too competitive. He also won S4C/BBC’s ‘celebrity’ Mastermind in 2006.
He has been lucky enough to meet his two greatest heroes in the world of sport and cinema – Pele and Clint Eastwood. Less impressive is when he said “Alright, luv?” to Charlize Theron at the 2000 Oscars, after failing to recognise the stunning actress. (She did forgive him, though)
Gary cites his main inspirations as Billy Conolly, Dave Allen, Phil Silvers (Sgt. Bilko), Jameson’s Irish Whisky, and his mam.