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Chris Addison performing at Resofit, a benefit concert for Resonance FM, 2007
|Birth name||Christopher David Addison|
5 November 1971 |
|Years active||1995 – present|
|Notable works and roles||The Thick of It
Mock the Week
7 Day Sunday
Chris Addison (born 5 November 1971) is a British stand-up comedian, writer, actor and director from Manchester. He is best known for his current role as a regular panellist on Mock the Week. He is also known for his lecture-style comedy shows, two of which he later adapted for BBC Radio 4.
In addition to stand-up, he played Ollie Reeder in the BBC Two television satire The Thick of It and Toby Wright in its spin-off film In the Loop, and he co-created and starred in the BBC Two sitcom Lab Rats. On radio, he previously hosted the weekly comedy news satire show 7 Day Sunday on BBC Radio 5 Live from 2009 to 2010.
Addison was born in Cardiff, Wales, and moved to Worsley, near Manchester, when he was four. On the BBC Radio 4 programme Chain Reaction, he stated that he considers himself a middle class Mancunian. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, an independent school for boys in Manchester. This was followed by the University of Birmingham, where he studied English Literature with the original intent of becoming a theatre director. After his directing plans didn't work out, he drifted into comedy as an alternative creative outlet. He currently lives in Bromley, South East London, with his wife and two children, a boy and a girl.
Addison's first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was in 2003, for which he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Perrier Awards. He continued to bring shows to the Fringe for several years, garnering two Perrier Award nominations — for his 2004 show Civilisation and 2005's Atomicity. In 2005 he won the City Life Comedian of the Year Award, a stand-up competition in the North West of England.
Edinburgh festival fringe
- 2000 Cakes and Ale
- 2001 Port Out, Starboard Home
- 2002 The Ape That Got Lucky (later adapted for BBC Radio 4)
- 2004 Civilization (nominated for Perrier Comedy Award, later adapted for BBC Radio 4)
- 2005 Atomicity (nominated for Perrier Comedy Award)
First airing in 2004, Addison co-wrote and co-starred in the political satire The Department, along with John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. It ran for 14 episodes over three series on BBC Radio 4, ending in 2006.
In August 2005, Radio 4 aired The Ape That Got Lucky, Addison's adaptation of his 2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show of the same name. This programme featured fellow comedians Geoffrey McGivern, Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell. On 8 May 2006, The Ape That Got Lucky won the gold award in the comedy production category at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
In 2006, Addison recorded Chris Addison's Civilisation, again for Radio 4, based on his Edinburgh Fringe show of 2004; this again featured McGivern, Enright and Tetsell and was aired in four parts over the summer.
He has been a panellist on three of Radio 4's comedy panel games: Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive, first appearing in 2006, Just a Minute, first appearing in 2007, and The Unbelievable Truth, first appearing in 2009.
Addison hosted a series of the Radio 4 comedy series 4 Stands Up, which showcases up-coming and established comedy talent. As host, Addison performs a short opening set and introduces the acts, in the style of a compère at a comedy club. The first episode aired on 2 April 2009.
Addison hosted 7 Day Sunday, a satirical news show on BBC Radio 5 Live along with his co-hosts Sarah Millican and Andy Zaltzman. The first episode aired in January 2010. Addison presented the second series of the show until February 2011, when he was replaced by Al Murray.
The Thick of It
Since 2005, Addison has appeared in the BBC television satirical comedy series The Thick of It as Oliver "Ollie" Reeder, Junior Advisor (later Special Advisor) to the Secretary of State (Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship). He appeared in all episodes of the first series, as well as the two specials 'Rise of the Nutters' and 'Spinners and Losers'. Chris Addison reprised his role as Ollie when The Thick of It returned for a new series.
In July 2008, BBC Two aired Lab Rats, a sitcom starring Addison and co-written with Carl Cooper. Lab Rats featured cast members Jo Enright, Geoffrey McGivern and Dan Tetsell, with whom Addison had worked previously on the radio adaptations of his one-man shows The Ape That Got Lucky and Civilisation.
Lab Rats was a return to the traditional, joke-heavy, studio based sitcom format that has fallen out of fashion in recent times in favour of the single-camera sitcom. The series was not generally well received by critics and was not renewed for a second series.
Mock the Week
After several guest appearances on the comedy panel show Mock the Week, in September 2011 Addison became a regular panellist, appearing in every episode since the second part of series 10. He appears alongside other regular panellists Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons and the show's host, Dara Ó Briain.
Guest appearances and hosting
Addison made appearances as a guest panellist on Mock the Week eleven times during 2010 and 2011 before becoming a full-time panellist. As well as appearing on Have I Got News for You six times, Would I Lie to You once and 8 Out of 10 Cats twice, he appeared in episode 3 of series 5 of Live at the Apollo. Addison appeared on The Graham Norton Show on 16 April 2009 promoting In the Loop. He has appeared twice on QI.
He appeared on Skins as Professor David Blood, the college director of Roundview College and father of third Generation character Grace Violet. On 4 November 2010 Addison hosted the BBC's Have I Got News For You, having previously been a guest on the show.
Addison has also made an appearance in children's television show Horrible Histories.
In 2000 Chris Addison co-hosted the short-lived Channel 4 comedy series Dotcomedy with Gail Porter. This was a late-night, risque show featuring video clips and other humour derived from the internet.
From 2003 to 2005 Addison wrote a fortnightly finance column for The Guardian titled "Funny Money". On alternate weeks, when the column was not written by Addison, writing duties passed to fellow stand-up Dominic Holland. He can be seen in the audience for the television taping of Are You Dave Gorman from 2003.
Addison has written two books, both published by Hodder and Stoughton: Cautionary Tales for Grown Ups in 2006 and It Wasn't Me: Why Everybody is to Blame and You're Not in 2008.
In 2011 and 2012 he appeared in a range of Direct Line adverts as a Direct Line representative alongside difficult customers, played by fellow comedic performers Alexander Armstrong, Amelia Bullmore and Lorna Watson. On 9 April 2011 he was part of the Comedy Takeover on TV channel Dave, where he presented and selected the shows.
- Live (14 November 2011)
- "Chris Addison: The thinking man's comic adjusts to fame" The Independent (13 November 2011). Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "Chain Reaction - Series 8 - 2. Rebecca Front talks to Chris Addison". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
- Hall, Julian (July 10, 2008). "Chris Addison: Swapping satire for sitcom". The Independent (London). Archived from the original on May 20, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2009.
- Chain Reaction - Series 8 - 2. Rebecca Front talks to Chris Addison
- "Chris Addison". London: The Guardian. 26 April 2010.
- Duerden, Nick (2013-03-03). "Chris Addison: He's like a can of Red Bull made flesh". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
- "Perrier/if.comedy Award Past Winners". ifcomedy.com. Archived from the original on 2009-05-14. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
- "Sony Radio Academy Awards 2006, The Comedy Award". Zafer Associates. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
- Jeremy Kay (2009-01-23). "Sundance 2009: In the Loop puts rest of the fest in the shade". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 2009-01-28.
- "Show & Tell". E4. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
- "guardian.co.uk search: funny money". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
- Alex Brownsell (2011-01-04). "Direct Line drops red phone in favour of comedy ads - Marketing news". Marketing magazine. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- Posted on Friday 28th June 2013 (2013-06-28). "University of Birmingham Honorary Graduands for July 2013". Birmingham.ac.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
- Official Web Site
- Chris Addison at the Internet Movie Database
- "Chris Addison's Civilisation" at BBC Radio 4