Speaking: Anxiety & Comedy – Neil Hughes

Neil Hughes is a comedian, physicist, anxiety sufferer and the author of ‘Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life’, a unique combination of autobiographical confessions, humorous fantasy fiction, and a ‘how-to’ for managing anxiety & living a full, happy life.

Neil is available to speak on a variety of topics including anxiety, mental health awareness, mindfulness, self-knowledge, openness, laughter and physics.

(Or just to make some jokes, tell some stories, and have a nice time.)

Neil Hughes speaking at OneTrackMinds, October 2016

Neil Hughes speaking at OneTrackMinds, October 2016

As well as sharing about mental health, he is currently developing a comedy show, putting the finishing touches to a novel and perfecting the art of the pasta bake.

Neil related very well to the students with humorous stories and his down to earth humility. All took something away to think about for the future.Fettes College, Edinburgh


Neil speaks at schools, universities, conferences, businesses and groups of all kinds, on a variety of topics, warmly sharing funny stories, unique observations and even practical tips for living a happy life. (Sometimes the tip is “don’t do this stupid thing I did”, sometimes it’s more useful.)

WARNING: He may include an occasional comedy song. It’s only fair you should be prepared for this possibility.

TEDxLeamington Spa 2015 Event Photos

Neil Hughes speaking at TEDxLeamington Spa, 2015

While Neil has a particular focus on the experience of anxiety, he’s open to talking about a wide variety of topics, and enjoys exploring new ones with an audience.

Inner critic: You know, it’s weird that this page is in the third person, but everywhere else on this site you just write normally. Why are you doing this?

Ssh, inner critic! This bit is professional. Sort of.

Thank you for your contribution to raising awareness and understanding of mental ill health. You are a star!Norman Lamb, MP


Of course, Neil prefers to eat, and so the question of fees usually arises at some point.

The exact fee is flexible, depending on the nature of the engagement, time required, and so on. And also depending on your means; please don’t allow financial concerns to prevent you from asking for a quote.


To discuss a speaking opportunity – or anything else – please email “neil [at] walkingoncustard.com”


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What People Might Say

He uses words to get concepts acrossA fictional client

Funny, warm, engaging, usefulNeil Hughes on Neil Hughes

Highly recommended!eBay feedback, circa 2004

A headshot, because why not?

Is this professional? I don't even know anymore.

Is this professional? Should it be at the top? I don’t even know anymore.