Andy Parsons Biography (Personal Life, Career)

English comedian and writer Andy Parsons was born in 1967. He regularly appears on Mock the Week. He has written and presented nine seasons of Parsons and Naylor’s Pull-Out Sections for BBC Radio 2 with Henry Naylor.

Personal Life

Stand-up comedian Andy Parsons was born in Dorset. He went to Parc Eglos Primary School, Helston (Cornwall) and Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Torbay (Devon). He attended Christ's College, Cambridge to study Law. Here is where he met Naylor and formed a double-act which twice toured with the National Student Theatre Company and once with Footlights.

After he finnished his studies, stand-up comedian Andy Parsons got a job working on a legal case at the Greenock shipyards, which he describes as "the most tedious thing I'd ever done."

Career

Stand-up comedian Andy Parsons started his career with writing. His first TV writing job was for Spitting Image and he went on to become one of the main writers.

Andy Parsons has also appeared as a guest on They Think It's All Over, QI, and Lives’ Fighting Talk. The stand-up comedian Andy Parsons is notorious for his appearances on Mock the Week, having missed only five episodes. He became a regular panelist at the beginning of Series 3. Parsons keeps the same seat throughout the series, the one to the left of the host Dara Ó Briain.

Like many writers, stand-up comedian Andy Parsons and college friend Naylor wrote for Radio 4's Week Ending. After writing for Week Ending, Parsons and Naylor were offered their own show Parsons and Naylor’s Pull-Out Sections in 2001. They have also performed live versions of the show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (1993–2001) and at international comedy festivals in Sydney (1998/99), Melbourne and Adelaide (both 1998).The two also started TBA together, which was billed as London's first sketch comedy club.

On TV, the pair Andy Parsons – Naylor also wrote for Spitting Image, Noel's House Party, Hale and Pace and Alas Smith And Jones, among others.

As a stand-up comedian, Andy Parsons regularly performs solo shows at comedy festivals, and also at The Comedy Store. Andy Parsons performed his first stand-up comedy concert at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000, and returned regularly until 2006.

He is the Time Out Comedy Award Winner 2002 and was named best international act by the New Zealand Comedy Guild in 2004.

In 2008, he co-wrote and starred in a BBC Radio 4 sitcom called The Lost Weblog of Scrooby Trevithick and a second series, Scrooby Trevithick, aired in 2010.

Stand-up comedian Andy Parsons 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.

Stand-up comedian Andy Parsons toured in the UK with his show Andy Parsons: Citizens! in 2009. The show was recorded at the Lyric Theatre, London on 28 September 2009 and released on DVD in November that year under the title Britain's Got Idiots. It was shown on BBC2 in October and December 2010.

In 2010, Parsons took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.

BBC Radio 5 Live and was a regular during the 2010 World Cup on the BBC Radio 2 show Never Write Off The Germans.

His 2011 UK National Tour is called "Gruntled".

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