Cally Beaton is a comedian, business leader, podcaster, writer, keynote speaker and entrepreneur. Well-known for being a natural storyteller, full of intelligent, distinctive and punchline-rich material, Cally is one of the UK’s most sought-after acts for both comedy and corporate work.
She has held senior management positions at some of the biggest media companies in the world. Early in her career she headed an independent television production company that was bought by ITV, and went on to find herself the youngest and only female member of the board. She left to set up an award-winning creative consultancy company, Road Trip Media, and went on to do a ten-year stint as Senior Vice President at the US studio giant ViacomCBS. There, Cally oversaw a multi-million dollar budget for brands including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount. If you want someone to blame for bringing South Park and SpongeBob SquarePants to the world, you need look no further.
It was while working for Comedy Central that Cally was nudged into the sphere of performance and as a 45 year old single parent, Cally first took to the stage. She quickly cemented her position as one of the most exciting and distinctive new stand-ups in the country, with her unflinching, acerbic and intelligent brand of comedy. Her television appearances include being a regular panellist on BBC2’s QI and The Apprentice: You're Fired, as well as Pointless Celebrities, Richard Osman’s House of Games, The Blame Game and her upcoming debut on Live At The Apollo.
She is popular with BBC Radio 4 audiences where her appearances include: The Now Show, The Unbelievable Truth, Saturday Live and Museum Of Curiosity. She is also a regular contributor on Radio 5 Live, Times Radio and BBC London.
In 2021, Cally launched Namaste Motherf**kers, the only podcast where the worlds of comedy, self-help and business collide. With the help of celebrity guests and experts, Cally gets to the stories you’ve never heard before - uncovering not your normal life lessons, but some big ones nonetheless, bringing heart and humour into the worlds of work and wellbeing. She is now working on a book, incorporating her own insights alongside the life hacks and confessions of her celebrity guests.
Cally has also written for The Guardian and the Financial Times and is one of the country’s most sought-after keynote and after-dinner speakers, and an experienced and accomplished awards host.
“Cally is a comedy queen – fiery, intelligent and totally original”
“Sprightly wit and considerable storytelling prowess”
**** The Scotsman
“Exciting and hilarious talent...she’s got it”
“Properly funny. A real find”
"Original and clever"
**** The Arts Desk – pick of the Edinburgh Fringe
"She's sharp, straight-talking and the cool big sister I wish I'd had"
“A very funny and original comedic voice”
Gotham Comedy Club, New York
“Analytical, incisive and sassy”
**** Funny Women
“Gripping, perceptive and uplifting”
Steve Bennett, Chortle
"Not even a bit funny. She's just embarrassing"