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Chris Addison is an acclaimed stand-up comic and actor. He has been twice-nominated for the PERRIER AWARD at the Edinburgh Festival and twice-nominated for the Barry Humphries Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
In December 2005 he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards for his role in the BBC's new political satire, THE THICK OF IT. He writes for the Guardian and the Times.
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Stand-up comic and actor Chris Addison finds myriad ways of salving your conscience in this exploration of blame-dodging. Lots of tips on how to avoid taking responsibility for things and a useful reminder that, whatever happened, it wasn't your fault. I feel better already.
These are dark days. The world is seething with imbeciles and poltroons. Everywhere the careless and thoughtless are charging about the place in hulking 4x4s, or inviting Channel 4 to come around rather than clean their own homes. So comedian Chris Addison has written CAUTIONARY TALES FOR GROWN-UPS - poems to illustrate the dangers of modern behaviour. The tales include: * The Gloucestershire Horse Club, Who posed Naked for a Charity Calendar. * Phillip, who talked only in Management Speak * Myfanwy, Who answered an Email from a Nigerian Bank Manager * and Fiona and Dave, who had a Wacky Wedding Sparklingly wicked and cunningly illustrated, this is a hilarious Struwelpeter for the twenty-first century.
Based on his Perrier-nominated Edinburgh hit show of 2004, Chris Addison's 'Civilization' is a comedy lecture series for Radio 4. It neatly follows on from Chris's first Radio 4 series, 'The Ape That Got Lucky'. Western Civilization, like many very old things, is pretty much on its last legs. And if Western Civilization as we know it is dying sooner rather than later, we're going to have to build ourselves a new one. And how are we going to do that, then? 'Chris Addison's Civilisation' explores exactly what we need to create a new, shinier, betterer civilisation (apart from planning permission - that's obvious). Accompanying Chris on his journey is noted expert and renowned polymath Professor Austin Herring (Geoff McGivern). Dan Tetsell and Jo Enright are also on hand to illustrate the jokes, stories, wild conjecturing, half-truths and even facts that make up the lectures.
Based on his hit Edinburgh show, 'The Ape That Got Lucky' is Chris Addison's first series of comic lectures for BBC Radio 4, in which the thinking idiot's pretend anthropologist takes on human evolution. Mr and Mrs H. Sapiens like to think of themselves as rather special, yet we share 98% of our DNA with chimps. That's why we have so much in common with them. We both look undignified on a bouncy castle, for example. In this series, Chris takes the listener on a journey through the vast and rich subject of human development, explaining how we fluked Top Species status and asking the listener if they're a man or monkey. Accompanying him is renowned expert and noted polymath Professor Austin Herring (Geoff McGivern) and the whole thing is illustrated verbally by noted actors and renowned gadabouts Jo Enright and Dan Tetsell.