|Birth name||Paul Barbieri|
|Died||11 April 2019 (aged 60)|
Paul Barbieri (21 November 1958 – 11 April 2019), known professionally as Ian Cognito, was an English
He was born in London of Irish and Italian ancestry, and likened arriving at his
In his autobiography, A Comedian’s Tale, he wrote:
I was always pushing the envelope. I regret the dangerous ones and tried not to be too shocking (because that is easy to do). If I did shock, there was always a reason for what I did, even if it was taking my knob out. I was building a contradictory reputation as a dodgement and a great compere. If I was booked, the promoter could no longer plead ignorance. I was sometimes stepping over the line, if not during the show, then afterwards. In fact, I was getting away with murder. Good job I was funny.
His autobiography was originally published on his website in 1995, and appeared on