UTA Expands Comedy Division In London With Bjorn Wentlandt

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The sole comedy touring agent operating out of UTA’s London office

UTA has hired Bjorn Wentlandt to strengthen its comedy touring division in London. He will focus on expanding global representation and booking UTA’s comedy clients internationally.

Wentlandt is going to work with the agency’s existing worldwide comedy roster, which includes Impractical Jokers, Jeff Dunham, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Jefferies, Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan, Rachel Bloom, Sebastian Maniscalco and others.

Wentlandt has decades of experience in the comedy industry, and has spent the last seven years at London’s comedy firm Avalon Management, where he ran the live promotion arm in addition to representing clients including Lee Mack, John Oliver, Russell Howard, Frank Skinner, Dave Gorman, Al Murray and David Baddiel.

The Russel Howard “Round The World” tour set records for the largest Chinese comedy show ever and the longest run of a solo artist at The Royal Albert Hall.

Prior to working at Avalon, Wentlandt was talent manager MacDonald-Murray Management, working with the likes of Ron White and Jim Gaffigan.
Before that he worked as talent buyer and director of comedy touring at Live Nation, promoting the live work of acts including Kathy Griffin, George Carlin and Zach Galifianakis, as well as festivals including Dave Chapelle’s Blockparty.

Starting this week, Wentlandt is going to be the only comedy touring agent operating out of UTA’s London office. He said: “I have been truly impressed by the incredible work [UTA head of comedy touring, Nick Nuciforo] and his team have done for their clients and in building the division. I look forward to continuing the international momentum and exploring exciting opportunities in new markets.”

Nuciforo added: “As our touring division continues to grow with sold-out shows around the world, Bjorn’s extensive knowledge of the global comedy marketplace, combined with the great relationships he has built over the years will benefit our clients and the agency’s profile at large.”