Chris Addison is an English stand-up comedian, writer and actor from Manchester, best known for his lecture-style comedy shows, two of which he later adapted for BBC Radio 4.
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Chris Addison is an English stand-up comedian, writer and actor from Manchester, best known for his lecture-style comedy shows, two of which he later adapted for BBC Radio 4. In 2011 & 2012 he also appeared a range of adverts for Direct Line car insurance.
Addison's first solo appearance at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe won him a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Perrier Awards, which he followed up with two further nominations for his 2004 and 2005 shows. 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 was hugely successful and won the gold award in the 2006 Sony Radio Academy Awards.
Chris’s radio career has been very impressive, working as a panellist on three of Radio 4’s comedy panel shows and hosting the Radio 4 comedy series Stands Up and the satirical news show 7 Day Sunday. Chris also co-wrote and co-starred in The Department, a political satire that ran for fourteen episodes over three series on BBC Radio 4, running from 2004 to 2006.
In addition to stand up and radio work, he has played the role of Ollie in BBC2’s The Thick of It and Toby in the spin off film In The Loop, as well as co-creating and starring in the BBC2 sitcom Lab Rats. In 2005, he won the City Life Comedian of the Year Award, a stand-up competition in the North West of England. Addison made 11 guest appearances on Mock the Week before becoming a full time panellist in September 2011. His other high profile appearances include on Have I Got News For You (which he then subsequently hosted in 2010), The Graham Norton Show and The Andrew Marr Show.
From 2003 to 2005 Addison wrote a fortnightly finance column for The Guardian entitled Funny Money. He 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.