Chris Addison

Fee Band

Chris sabotaged everything that stood in his way in The Thick Of It. He went on to become a regular on Mock The Week and direct several episodes of VEEP, Armando Iannucci’s US sitcom. Likening himself to a collage of twiglets created by a child, Chris’ live set looks at Englishness, God and Waitrose.


Chris Addison is a comedian, actor, writer and star of the award-winning The Thick of It. He has also hosted the finals of the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards and continues to tour the country with his own material.

Already a seasoned stand-up, Chris made the move into TV hosting with Dotcomedy and writing for TFI Friday. Since then he has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, QI and 8 Out of 10 Cats, and now hosts his own panel show, Show and Tell.

Arguably Chris is best known for his role as Olly Reeder, the enthusiastic-yet-cynical adviser in the hit BBC satire The Thick of It: a role he effectively reprised in the Oscar-nominated film In the Loop. He also plays teacher David Blood in E4’s cult youth drama Skins. Those less familiar with these shows may know him better from a certain series of insurance TV ads.

Chris co-wrote and appeared in Radio 4’s political satire The Department, Sony Award-winning The Ape That Got Lucky and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. He has also featured on Just a Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and 4 Stands Up.

Along with many more TV and radio writing credits, Chris has written two books, Cautionary Tales for Grown Ups followed closely by It Wasn't Me: Why everybody is to blame and you're not. He has also contributed to the Evening Standard and the Guardian.

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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


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