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About Andy Parsons
Best known as a regular panellist on BBC Two’s Mock the Week, Andy Parsons is the accomplished state of the nation stand-up who’s distinctive South Coast delivery and wry one liners have led him to be dubbed a “master social and political voice”.
Andy started his career writing for Radio 4’s current affairs sketch show Week Ending and went on to become one of the main writers on ITV’s ground-breaking Spitting Image satirical puppet show. Andy has performed on numerous radio & TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, QI, Saturday Live, The Stand Up Show, The Comedy Store, They Think It’s All Over, The PMQ show, Scrooby Trevithick and Parsons & Naylor’s Pull-Out Sections. Having won the Time Out Comedy Award in 2002, he has performed his stand-up all over the world from the prestigious Montreal and Kilkenny comedy festivals to touring Australia and New Zealand. To date he has done five sell-out National tours. In 2009 he released his debut DVD Britain’s Got Idiots, which was followed up by Gruntled in 2011, Slacktivist in 2013 and Live & Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious in 2015. He also hosts a monthly podcast recorded at the Soho Theatre with MPs, journalists and comedians entitled Slacktivist Action Group.
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Andy Parsons was the Time Out Award Winner 2002 and was named best international act by the New Zealand Comedy Guild in 2004. He was also winner of the New Zealand International Comedy Award and Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Award.
Reviews and Awards
‘Laugh out loud funny…manages to be utterly likeable and very funny while being Mr. Angry at the state of the world’The Sunday Telegraph
‘Terrific satirical stand-up’The Independent on Sunday
‘Perfectly calibrated… the King of Political Comedy’The Guardian
‘Andy Parsons’ lethal mixture of anger and ridicule leaves the Big Society in rubble’The Times
‘Hysterical live show. Andy Parsons is on fire’The Mirror
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Born in Weymouth, Dorset Andy Parsons attended school in Cornwall before going to Christ’s College, Cambridge to study Law. It was whilst at university that he met, and formed a double act with, Henry Naylor as part of the renowned amatuer theatrical troupe Footlights. After completing his studies, Parsons got a job working as a legal clerk on a case at the Greenock shipyards, which he describes as “the most tedious thing I’d ever done.” To alleviate the boredom, together Parsons and Naylor started TBA, which was billed as London’s first sketch comedy club. They performed together at the Edinburgh Fringe seven times between 1993 and 2001 and in 1998, they performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Like many writers, they cut their teeth on Radio 4’s Week Ending, and were offered their own show, Parsons and Naylor’s Pull-Out Sections in 2001. The sketch show, with it’s ever changing special female guest, ran for nine series on Radio 2. In 2008, Parsons wrote and starred in his own Radio 4 sitcom, The Lost Weblog Of Scrooby Trevithick. On TV, Parsons and Naylor also wrote for Spitting Image, Noel’s House Party, Hale and Pace and Alas Smith And Jones, among others.
Performing his first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000, Andy Parsons returned regularly to the festival until 2006. He is a regular member of the Comedy Store’s live topical show Cutting Edge and has appeared at the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival in 2006; the New Zealand Laugh Fest in 2003, 2004 and 2006; and Cat Laughs, Kilkenny, in 2005.
He won a Time Out award for comedy in 2002, and was named best international act by the New Zealand Comedy Guild in 2004.
Apart from Mock The Week, his other TV credits include Live At The Apollo, QI, Live Floor Show, They Think It’s All Over and the BBC’s Stand-Up Show.
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