|Birth name||Paul John Barbieri|
|Died||11 April 2019 (aged 60)|
Paul John Barbieri (21 November 1958 – 11 April 2019), known professionally as Ian Cognito, was an English
Cognito was born in London of Irish and Italian ancestry. He first performed stand-up in 1985 and likened arriving at his
Early on, his act involved bringing a hammer on stage, banging a nail into a wall and hanging a hat off it, followed with the lines, "This lets you know two things about me [...] firstly, I really don't give a shit. Secondly, I've got a hammer."
I was always pushing the envelope. I regret the dangerous ones and tried not to be too shocking (because that is easy to do). If I did shock, there was always a reason for what I did, even if it was taking my knob out. I was building a contradictory reputation as a dodgement and a great compere. If I was booked, the promoter could no longer plead ignorance. I was sometimes stepping over the line, if not during the show, then afterwards. In fact, I was getting away with murder. Good job I was funny.