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Andrew Lawrence

Andrew LawrenceDevastatingly funny” – Guardian

Andrew Lawrence‘s live performances have gained international recognition as he has played at all the top comedy festivals enjoying mass critical acclaim. He has twice performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and at the 2009 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Andrew Lawrence has performed six consecutive all-new solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – two of which were nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards – where he consistently plays to sell out audiences and receives rave reviews.

As well as growing reputation as a touring artist the Andrew Lawrence TV profile has continued to rise over recent years with a string of high profile appearance on some of UK television’s most high profile comedy shows. In the autumn of 2010 Andrew performed stand-up on both Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Dave’s One Night Stand. More recently he has appeared as a guest on Ask Rhod Gilbert, as a headliner on C4’s Stand Up For The Week and in autumn 2011 featured on BBC1’s flagship stand-up show Live At The Apollo.

In 2010 his self-written and performed Radio 4 show, What To Do If You’re Not Like Everybody Else hit the airwaves and the second series aired in September 2011. Also a talented actor Andrew Lawrence was a regular for three series on the BBC3 hit show Ideal playing the role of Marco.

Andrew’s stand up career kick-started when he received rave recognition in all the key new act competitions, he quickly went on to establish himself as a regular favourite on the comedy circuit, gigging at all the major clubs across the country, earning 2010 and 2011 Chortle Best Headliner Nominations and building a base of discerning fans.

Quotes about Andrew Lawrence:

Hilarious…the spontaneity meant the audience all felt part of a unique underground moment that could never be repeated – or possibly even spoken about again” – Chortle

Andrew Lawrence’s comedic delivery is Jacobean in its visceral putrescence” – The Age, Melbourne

Quite possibly the strangest and most original new comedian on the block…His material is dark and more than a bit twisted, but irresistibly funny.” – The Irish Independent

Comedy’s most bountiful little ball of hatred…A fabulous show” – The Times

Exquisitely evil…The writing is tight and razor-sharp, pulling no punches. He attacks everyone and everything with poetic machine-gun bullets of acid tipped comedy. A genius gremlin gnawing away at society.” – Time Out

Homicidal musings have never seemed so appealing!” – The List

Lawrence is so thorough in assuming his character, that he often comes across as a young man who really does kill the thing he loves then feasts on the gooeyness inside, singing a tune about it as some kind of terrible yet touchingly inevitable catharsis. His victims’ losses are truly comedy’s gain.” – Scotsman

One of the greatest as-yet undiscovered talents on the circuit” – Daily Mirror

His delivery is nothing short of genius. A wordsmith of great talent” – Metro


Andrew Lawrence Awards:

• Nominee: Chortle Best Headliner 2010 & 2011

• Nominee: if.comedy Main Award 2007

• Nominee: if.comedy Best Newcomer 2006

• Nominee: Sony Radio Awards 2006

• Winner: BBC New Act of the Year Competition 2004

• Winner: York Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition 2004

• Winner: Amused Moose Starsearch 2004

• Finalist: So You Think You’re Funny? 2003


Andrew Lawrence  on Television:

• Live At The Apollo (BBC1, 2011)

• Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1, 2011)

• Laughs In The Park (BBC2, 2011)

• Stand Up For The Week (C4, 2011)

• Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave, 2010)

• Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1, 2010)

• Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3, 2010)

• Comedy Store (Comedy Central, 2010)

• Brighton Comedy Festival Best of the Fest (C4, 2009)

• Ideal – Role of “Marco” (BBC3, 2007, 2008, 2009)

• Headcases – voice of “David Miliband” (ITV 1, 2008)

• World Stands Up – headliner (Paramount Comedy Channel, 2008)

• Splitting Cells (BBC3, 2007)

• Spacehopper – Various characters (BBC3, 2007)

• Comedy Cuts (ITV2, 2007)

• Comedy Shuffle (BBC 3, 2007)

• 28 Acts in 28 Minutes (BBC 3, 2006)

• World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy Channel, BBC America, 2005, 2006)


Andrew Lawrence on Radio:

• What To Do If You’re Not Like Everybody Else (R4, 2010, 2011)

• The News Quiz (R4, 2011)

• Act Your Age (R4, 2011)

• 4 Stands Up (R4, 2009)

• Andrew Lawrence’s Cultural Radio Odyssey (series of 8), Weekender Show (BBC Radio 2, 2007)

• Shipwrecked (Presenter of 20-part series) (Channel 4 Radio, 2007)

• The Milk Run (Sony Nominated) (BBC Radio 1, 2006)

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