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Chris Addison

Award-winning Writer, Stand-up Comedian & Actor

Chris Addison is an award-winning writer, stand up comic and actor, with a career which has spanned over a decade, with credits including Bafta Award-winning comedy The Thick of It, In The Loop, Skins and Lab Rats. He is every inch the confident, charismatic host, with faint undertones of vulnerability and steel, who impressed Edinburgh Fringe audiences with his series of excellent stand-up shows-cum-lectures between 2000 and 2005. He has made appearances as a panellist on Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You and Mock the Week (five times each), as well as 8 Out of 10 Cats (twice). Also of note is the appearance in Series 5, Episode 3, of Live at the Apollo (TV series). He also appeared on The Graham Norton Show in 2009, promoting In the Loop.

"He is an elevated brand of comedy" The Guardian

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In detail

Chris began his career by winning the Northwest Comedian of the Year Award 1997, swiftly followed by an appearance in the legendary Comedy Zone at the 1997 Edinburgh Festival, and a Perrier Best Newcomer Award nomination for his debut solo show in Edinburgh the next year. In 2002 he was performing his solo show at theatres up and down the country and headlining at the most prestigious comedy clubs including The Comedy Store, The Stand and The Buzz Club. He has been nominated twice in 2004 and 2005 for the Perrier Award and a second Barry Humphries Award nomination for Civilization. He co-wrote and co-starred in Radio 4's political satire The Department, which ran for 14 episodes between 2004 and 2006.

What he offers you

One of the most versatile comics on the circuit, Chris' scathing wit and carefully constructed presentations will leave audiences truly entertained. He was a stand-up for 13 years and "everything comes from that". He hits the comedy nail with some force. His act had everything from puerile (but funny) silliness right up to gags about rhetorical structures, all delivered at breakneck speed and with unswerving enthusiasm.

How he presents

Unmistakably an archetypal middle-class liberal Englishman, Chris has charmed both audiences and critics alike with his particularly polite brand of observational comedy. A confident, intelligent and sympathetic performer, he is in great demand at events all over the country. So often in his performances, it's the perfect eloquence of the language he uses that generates the laughs, making expert use of those gangly limbs.


He presents in English.

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  • Comedy
  • Host
  • Entertainment
  • Awards


  • 2008
    It Wasn't Me: Why Everybody is to Blame and You're Not
  • 2006
    Chris Addison's Civilisation
  • Cautionary Tales for Grown Ups

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