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 short listed 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 also 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 and 2006.
More recently Chris appeared on Dave’s One Night Stand and has started recording a new TV series entitled ‘Show and Tell’. Chris will be going on tour in late 2011 with his new show ‘The Time is Now, Again’.
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