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Mo Gilligan (born 19 February 1988) is an English stand-up comedian best known for his observational comedy.
In 2017, he found international success after posting comedies on social media for several years.
Mo Gilligan, a former host of The Lateish Show, which premiered on Channel 4 in 2019.
Gilligan was born in Lambeth, London, to British parents of Jamaican and St. Lucian descent. His mother was born in Wales, but his father is from Brixton. When he was 5 years old, his parents separated, and he was raised by both parents while living in Camberwell, London. When he wasn't attending a performing arts school in Pimlico, he developed an interest in comedy. Arsenal F.C.'s Gilligan is a diehard supporter of the team.
Gilligan was working in retail, when he began uploading comedy videos on his social media accounts. His videos were popular and customers eventually began recognising him. His breakout moment came in 2017, when he was spotted by Canadian rapper Drake, who quoted some of Gilligan's comedy on his own Instagram account. His influences include Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock; he did his first lengthy show after watching a Chris Rock stand-up film.
Gilligan currently co-hosts The Big Narstie Show, which debuted 29 June 2018 on Channel 4, with rapper Big Narstie. Between them, they have been cited as some of the original purveyors of grime comedy. He paired up with Claudia Winkleman to compete on the 2018 edition of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year also on Channel 4, which they won.
He hosts his own show, The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan, which debuted 19 July 2019 on Channel 4. Later on in the year, his first comedy special on Netflix, Mo Gilligan: Momentum, was released globally in 190 countries.
Since June 2020, Gilligan has appeared on the second and third series of Celebrity Gogglebox, as well as the Stand Up to Cancer special of Gogglebox alongside comedian Babatunde Aleshe.
On 19 August 2020, ITV announced Gilligan would become a panelist on the second series of The Masked Singer UK replacing Ken Jeong.
In 2020, Gilligan produced the hour long documentary Black, British, and Funny for Black History Month. He examines the history of the Black comedy circuit, featuring pioneering stars like Angie Le Mar, Richard Blackwood, Danny 'Slim' Gray, and Rudi Lickwood, and newer comedians like Kayode Ewumi, Michael Dapaah, and many more.
In October 2020, Gilligan appeared as a contestant on The Cube alongside actor David Ajao.
On 4 March 2021, ITV announced Gilligan would become a panellist on the spin-off of The Masked Singer UK, The Masked Dancer UK.
On 8 February 2022, Gilligan hosted the BRIT Awards from the O2 Arena.