Chris Addison

Chris Addison

Date of birth: 30-11-1971

Chris Addison started his comedy career by winning Manchester’s City Life Comedian of the Year Award in 1995.

Three years later, he performed his first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, which earned him a nomination for Perrier best newcomer. He was shortlisted for the main award twice more: for 2004's Civilisation – which also won him a Barry Award nomination at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and was later made into a Radio 4 series – and 2005's Atomicity.

He won the Chortle Award for best compere in 2003 and was nominated for best headliner in 2005.

In 2000 , he co-hosted Channel 4's short-lived Dotcomedy with Gail Porter, featuring gags taken from the internet. He is now best known for starring in BBC Two's political comedy The Thick Of It, and its 2009 movie spin-off In The Loop, playing an out-of-his-depth spin doctor. And he alsoo starred in his own BBC Two sitcom Lab Rats, a surreal, gaggy venture which received a lukewarm critical reception.

Addison also co-wrote and co-starred in Radio 4's political satire The Department, along with John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman, which ran for 14 episodes between 2004 aand 2006.

He has alwo written two novels: Cautionary Tales For Grown-Ups in 2006 and It Wasn't Me: Why Everybody Is To Blame And You're Not in 2008.

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Chris Addison's movie gets a US release date

Remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Chris Addison’s first movie as a director has been given a US release date… but no title.

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in the scam artist comedy, based on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Studio MGM says the film will be released in the States on August 10 next year.

The movie was originally called Nasty Women, although that is set to be changed. The stars play two con artists, one high-class, one low, who engage in a competition to swindle a naive young tech millionaire out of his fortune.

Although this is former stand-up Addison’s big-screen directorial debut he has overseen episodes of The Thick Of It and Veep, winning a Directors Guild of America award for the Election Night episode of the latter.

According to Hollywood website Deadline, also released on August 10 are deep-sea thriller The Meg; the live-action Barbie movie which Amy Schumer pulled out of; and the remake of Scarface.

Frank Oz’s 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was itself a remake of Ralph Levy’s 1964 movie Bedtime Story, starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones.

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Published: 15 Nov 2017

Stranded! | 'Shitty airline' forces Chris Addison to cancel gig


Chris Addison has had to cancel his gig in Lichfield…

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