Over the last few years, Barry has established himself as an extremely accomplished comic performer, writer and actor. As well as performing stand up on the UK and International comedy circuits; he has created, appeared in and written for numerous television projects.
Last year, supported Greg Davies on his 60 date nationwide tour and also appeared in the Christmas episode of his Channel 4 sitcom Man Down (on which he was also a contributing writer) and recently Barry has created and performed a variety of comedy characters for new television shows – Eye Spy (Objective for Channel 4), The Secret Interview (TwoFour Productions for Channel 5) and Dom Joly’s primetime ITV show, Fool Britannia. He was also a regular cast member of the MTV comedy Flash Prank.
He played the CEO in Office Party at The Pleasance Theatre in Islington, is a regular co-host on The Rhod Gilbert Radio Show (BBCWales), often guest hosts the hugely popular Spurs Show podcast and is the co-host of the topical podcast The Proper Gander.
He has performed stand up on The Comedy Store Live (Comedy Central), The Stand Up Show (BBC1) and Jongleurs Live; had regular spots on Christian O’Connell’s Sunday Service and film quiz Popcorn (SKYONE) and also appeared in Comedy Shuffle (BBC3) and Comedy Cuts (ITV2).
Barry was the creator and one third of the spoof eco-warrior dance-music act Cyderdelic (with Marc Wootton and Liam Woodman). After two critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows (‘Fantastically innovative and astonishingly funny.’ ***** The List) and a stint on The 11O’Clock Show, Cyderdelic won the inaugural BBC2 Green Light Award for comedy, the prize for which was a one-off programme for the channel. This was then developed into a six-part series for BBC3. Cyderdelic: The Revolution Will Be Televised, narrated by the legendary John Peel and broadcast in 2004, is a hilarious combination of jaw-dropping stunts, direct action, merry mischief and character comedy. It quickly achieved cult-status and is still revered by comedy fans.
‘Impressive and hilarious’ (Daily Telegraph)
‘Unmissable. The Office meets Greenpeace’ (Zoo)
‘A Tooting popular front for the No Logo generation…The actors gleefully utilise the real-life backdrop for maximum chaos, unafraid to humiliate themselves in the pursuit of improvisational anarchy.’ (Sunday Times Critics’ Choice)
‘Revolutionary telly’ (Maxim)
‘Great comedy…comedians Marc Wootton and Barry Castagnola make fitfully amusing work of their Devonshire dunce characters’ (Time Out Critics’ Choice)
He was a cast member of the Channel 4 comedy Experimental and ITV’s Oblivious, presented The Yes/No Gameshow on Bravo and has appeared in and written for, numerous other TV shows. He also played one of the lead roles in the British film One Man and His Dog (Razor Edge Films) and recently filmed a role in the feature film Nina Forever (Jeva Films).
His last Edinburgh fringe show, The Donny Donkins ‘AS (hopefully soon to be) SEEN ON TV!’ Show, was a critical success and played to sold-out audiences.