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Chris Addison (born November 1971 in Manchester) is an English stand-up comedian, writer and actor with a career that has spanned over a decade. He is known for his lecture-style comedy shows, two of which he later adapted for BBC Radio 4, as well as for his roles as Ollie in the BBC television satirical comedy The Thick of It and Toby in its spin-off film In the Loop. He also starred in and co-created Lab Rats, a sitcom that aired on BBC2 in 2008.

Chris Addison has been performing stand-up comedy since 1995. In that year, he won the City Life Comedian of the Year Award, a stand-up competition in the North West of England.

Addison’s first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was in 1998, for which he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Perrier Awards. He continued to bring shows to the Fringe for several years, garnering two Perrier Award nominations — for his 2004 show Civilisation and 2005’s Atomicity.[2]

Chris will be performing live stand up in November 2009 at Friends of the Earth (EWNI)’s LIVEstock 2009 comedy and music event in support of the green campaign group’s Food Chain Campaign for planet-friendly farming.

Since 2005, Addison has appeared in the BBC television satirical comedy series The Thick of It as Oliver “Ollie” Reeder, Junior Advisor (later Special Advisor) to the Secretary of State (Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship). He appeared in all episodes of the first series, as well as the two specials ‘Rise of the Nutters’ and ‘Spinners and Losers’. Chris Addison reprised his role as Ollie when the The Thick of It returned for a new series.

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