LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — United Talent Agency announced the hiring of veteran comedy agent Bjorn Wentlandt as the latest addition to the agency’s Comedy Touring division.
Wentlandt, who joins the UTA team with decades of experience representing comedians, will be tasked with expanding global representation and booking current UTA comedy clients internationally, UTA said.
He will collaborate with UTA’s existing roster of acts which include Impractical Jokers, Jeff Dunham, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Jefferies, Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan, Rachel Bloom, Sebastian Maniscalco, among others.
“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,” said UTA’s Head of Comedy Touring Nick Nuciforo.
Before joining the folks at UTA, Wentlandt spent the last seven years toiling ceaselessly at London comedy firm Avalon Entertainment, where he oversaw the group’s live company and handled representation for clients such as Lee Mack, John Oliver, Russell Howard, Frank Skinner, Dave Gorman, Al Murray and David Baddiel
While at Avalon, Wentlandt oversaw tours such as Russell Howard’s Round The World, which drew the largest known crowd for a comedy show in China and included the longest run for a solo artist at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
Prior to Avalon, Wentlandt worked as a talent manager at MacDonald-Murray Management, working with a list of clients that included Ron White and Jim Gaffigan. He also did a stint as Talent Buyer and Director of Comedy Touring at Live Nation, where he promoted tours for artists such as Kathy Griffin and the late, great George Carlin.
Wentlandt will be based in UTA’s London offices, starting this week, UTA said.
“I have been truly impressed by the incredible work Nick 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,” Wentlandt said of his new gig.