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Born in Perth, Scotland in 1956, Fred MacAulay attended Killin Primary, Rattray Primary, Blairgowrie High School and Perth Academy.
He went on to study at the University of Dundee and graduated with an MA Degree in Accountancy in 1978. He received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from Dundee University in 2006.
Fred MacAulay started out in the world of stand-up comedy at the age of 31, and soon became the first ever Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.
He then made his television presenting debut in Scottish Television's The Funny Farm.
Fred quickly became a major force on the UK comedy circuit making successful appearances on some of the country's top TV programmes such as Have I Got News For You, QI, They Think It's All Over, team captain on Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment, The Best Show In The World... probably and Dara O Briain's Mock The Week where Fred's routine on etiquette and the Scots use of the f-word has had over 50,000 views on YouTube.
He has also successfully featured and presented many programmes for BBC Scotland. He co-hosted the very popular travelling chat show McCoist & MacAulay which was networked throughout the UK.
He has also co-hosted Life According To Fred, Hoots, and Simply Fred. He has been presenting the event filled and really funny Fred MacAulay Show - now MacAulay And Co - on BBC Radio Scotland since June 1997.
Fred also holds positions outside BBC Scotland. He was Rector of Dundee University and is an Ambassador for the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust.
Fred MacAulay is always in great demand as an after-dinner speaker, host and awards presenter. This work has taken him to Australia, Hong Kong, United States, Iceland, France and Spain. He has also entertained the troops in Iraq.
In 2007 he accepted the biggest challenge in his comedy career by entering the Comic Relief Does Fame Academy show. Out of the 13 celebrities Fred came 7th with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson being the overall winner.
Happily married with three children, Fred's interests include comedy, radio, skiing, golf, theatre, cinema and, of course, his family!
You can contact Fred MacAulay via SpeakOut for speaking, cabaret and hosting events.
''He was fabulous!!!!! Would definitely use him again.....please pass on our thanks.''
Helen Turner, Honda UK
''Can you please pass on our thanks to Fred MacAulay for the outstanding job on Saturday. He was polite and professional (not to mention hilarious!) and took the time to talk to our students, pose for lots of photographs and sign autographs. There was a real buzz to the graduation this was our centenary ceremony for North Ayrshire students and Fred's presence made the ceremony that bit more special for everyone. All the staff have been coming up to me this morning talking about the fantastic job that he done when I was out for Sunday lunch with my family yesterday I even heard people at the next table talking about how great he was! He'll have us all tuning into his Radio Scotland show now!''
Claire Duncan, James Watt College
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Fred MacAulay Montreal Comedy Festival 2006
Find out how to book Fred MacAulay as the sports speaker for your next event by calling Speak Out on 0131 440 9226 or clicking here.
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