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Chris Addison

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Chris Addison is an English stand-up comedian, writer and actor from Manchester. He is known for his lecture-style comedy shows, two of which he later adapted for BBC Radio 4. In addition to stand-up, in television he plays Ollie in the BBC Two television satire The Thick of It and Toby 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 2011.


Chris Addison has been performing stand-up comedy since 1995. In that year, he won the City Life Comedian of the Year Award, a stand-up competition in the North West of England.

Addison's first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was in 1998, 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.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 1997 Appeared as part of The Comedy Zone showcase
  • 1998 Debut solo Edinburgh Fringe show, nominated for Perrier Comedy Award
  • 1999 Gentleman, Scholar, Acrobat
  • 2000 Cakes and Ale
  • 2001 Port Out, Starboard Home
  • 2002 The Ape That Got Lucky
  • 2004 Civilization
  • 2005 Atomicity

First airing in 2004, Chris Addison co-wrote and co-starred in the political satire The Department, along with John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. This ran for fourteen 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, Chris 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.

On 10 May 2009, Addison hosted the Sunday Night Show on Absolute Radio in place of fellow stand-up comedian Iain Lee who was away due to being on his honeymoon.

Chris 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.

He is also good friends with Geoff Lloyd on Absolute Radio and has made a few appearances on Geoff Lloyds Hometime Show.

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.

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 to the Secretary of State . 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.

Addison also featured in the film adaptation of The Thick of It, entitled In the Loop, playing Toby, a character very similar to his part in the television original.

Lab Rats
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.

Guest appearances
Addison made appearances as a guest panellist on Mock the Week eleven times during 2010 and 2011, before becoming a full time panellist in September 2011. As well as appearing on Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You five times each, and 8 Out of 10 Cats twice, he appeared in Series 5, Episode 3, of Live at the Apollo. Addison appeared on The Graham Norton Show on 16 April 2009 promoting In the Loop.

On 18 April 2010 Addison appeared on The Andrew Marr Show to comment on the week's political issues, including the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland and The First Election Debate. He has appeared twice on QI.

Addison is also set to appear as a special guest in an upcoming episode of Horrible Histories.

 Other work
From 2003 to 2005 Addison wrote a fortnightly finance column for The Guardian entitled "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, followed by It Wasn't Me: Why Everybody is to Blame and You're Not in 2008.

He is currently appearing in Skins as Professor David Blood, the college director of Roundview College and father of 3rd Generation main character Grace Violet. He is replacing a character played by Victoria Wicks. On 4 November 2010 Addison hosted the BBC's Have I Got News For You, having previously been a guest on the show. 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.

In 2011 he took part in three shows of the 16-date Uncaged Monkeys tour along with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince, Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh and Dara Ó Briain . In the summer of 2011 Addison also began filming a new E4 chat show called "Show and Tell".

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