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 to direct Dirty Rotten Scoundrels reboot

With Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson

Chris Addison is to direct the female-led remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Nasty Women, which stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in the Michael Caine and Steve Martin roles, will be the comedian’s big-screen directorial debut.

However he has overseen episodes of Veep and The Thick Of It, in which he also starred, and a forthcoming instalment of Fox sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. He won a Directors Guild of America award for the Election Night episode of Veep.

In his new movie, he follows in the footsteps of Frank Oz, who directed the 1988 film about two conmen, one high-class, one low, who engage in a competition to swindle an heiress out of her fortune. In the new version, the mark is a naive tech prodigy.

The 1988 film was itself a reboot of Ralph Levy’s 1964 movie Bedtime Story, starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones.

Wilson tweeted that she was ‘so excited’ to be working with Addison.

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Published: 29 Mar 2017

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