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Javier Jarquin

Javier has two guises. As a stand up he plays the biggest clubs in the UK– delighting audiences with well crafted jokes and a very likeable stage persona. As ‘The Card Ninja’ he plays cabaret clubs, private functions, corporate events and festivals – dazzling with his displays of cards as weapons!

Before coming to the UK in 2010 Javier spent 4 years working as a professional comedian in New Zealand. After winning the 2007 ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition in Christchurch, he played and headlined in some of the biggest clubs in NZ and Melbourne, on a host of television shows, and was a core member of New Zealand’s longest running comedy show: Scared Scriptless.

UK Comedy and Cabaret Clubs:
The Comedy Store, Glee, The Comedy Cafe, Highlight, Top Secret, Jongleurs, Proud Cabaret, La Reve, Boom Boom Cabaret, Wam Bam Cabaret, Madam Jojos

In summer 2012 he performed at five shows as part of the London Wonderground Festival which was staged by Mastercard on the South Bank

International Career:
Won ‘Best New Zealand Act’ at the prestigious ‘International Buskers Festival’ in Christchurch and also the New Zealand ‘Critics Choice’ Award in January 2012

Has headlined gigs in Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic

Full shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010/2011/2012

Full shows at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2007/2009/2010 (Winner Best Show Wellington 2010)

Corporate Clients:
Four Seasons Hotel
Saatchi Gallery
The Hospital Club
Kia Cars
Adams Phones
New Zealand Land Transport Association
Press and Industry Quotes:
“He’s gonna be a star”- William Burdett-Coutts (Artistic Director of Assembly Theatre)

“A confident and charismatic performer with a calm and natural stage presence Jarquin’s routine flows from observation to anecdote informed by a palpable understanding of where his audience sits in relation to his material.”- Theatreview (NZ)

“Jav Jarquin flips the whole concept of card trick on its head… By the climactic stunt the whole room is rooting for him” – The List

“Javier was brilliant. He is young, enthusiastic, funny and skilful. Everyone loved the show.”– Private Client

“We’re a big fan of Javier here at The Comedy Cafe. We’ve had Javier in here for a good couple years now and I’ve seen him open strongly, middle well and close brilliantly. Also, he’s a really great compere, engages the audience well and sets the evening up properly for the rest of the bill. This is with or without the card work that he does, which is excellent. Personally, I’ve seen him at a number of other venues that we’ve booked him for and he’s always done well, no matter where on the bill. Would never have a doubt about booking him here in the Cafe or anywhere else for that matter.” – Neale Welch, The Comedy Cafe

“They loved him, he was chilled and non aggressive which worked well with the really relaxed atmosphere of the gig. He did a wonderful bit in the 2nd section on rugby, which they loved as he obviously knew his stuff and they totally got it.” Bryan Malcolm, Ha Ha Comedy

“Javier Jarquin has been a regular act at Top Secret Comedy for about a year. He can read an audience, pitch his level and deliver a brilliant set every time. We have used him as a middle, opening and headline act and are very happy with his consistent, great results. Aside from his comedy we’ve found Javier to be very professional. He is punctual, sticks to his time and is very easy to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.”- Mark Rothman – Top Secret Comedy Club

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