Jay Handley used to make beautiful sculpted oak furniture before fucking it all off to become a comedian instead. A decision that has been financially catastrophic.
That said he does get to perform all over the country at some of its very best venues. These include The Glee Club, Jongleurs, The Stand, The Comedy Store & Baby Blue. Clearly, what he has lost financially he has gained artistically. He has also twice been a finalist/bridesmaid in the Birmingham New Act of the Year Awards as well as appearing in the semi-finals of the LOADED Laftas and the Final of the Levity Festival Act of the Year. Alas, he has won nothing... nothing at all. But what he has lost in potential accolades he has gained in a zen-like acceptance of his place in the world.
In 2014 he performed his first solo show "Free Comic" at the Edinburgh Fringe, following it up with "Free Comic: Volume 2" in 2015. Both shows were, in his opinion, excellent.
'Jesus of the comedy circuit' - Comedy On