Andrew John "Andy" Parsons (born 3 April 1967) is an English comedian and writer, who regularly appears on Mock The Week . With comedy partner Henry Naylor, he has written and presented nine seasons of Parsons and Naylor’s Pull-Out Sections for BBC Radio 2.
Born in Weymouth, Dorset. Parsons attended Parc Eglos Primary School, Helston School and Churston Ferrers Grammar School before going to Christ's College, Cambridge, where he met Naylor and formed a double-act which twice toured with the National Student Theatre Company. They subsequently helped run the Footlights comedy society. After studying law, Parsons got a job working on a case at the Greenock shipyards, which he describes as "the most tedious thing I'd ever done." He established, with Naylor, TBA, London's first sketch comedy club.
He has written for Spitting Image and Alas Smith and Jones, and provided the voice of the puppet "Cool Cat" in an 1992 episode of the comedy-drama Press Gang. He has also appeared as a guest on They Think It's All Over, QI, and BBC Radio 5 Live's Fighting Talk. He has missed only five episodes of Mock The Week and became a team captain before the beginning of Series 3.
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).
He was asked by the then Head of Comedy Entertainment at the BBC, Paul Jackson, to submit ideas for what turned out to be the last series of Noel’s House Party, however all his ideas were rejected.
Parsons regularly performs solo shows at comedy festivals, and also at The Comedy Store. He is the Time Out Comedy Award Winner 2002. In 2008, he co-wrote and starred in a BBC Radio 4 sitcom called The Lost Weblog Of Scrooby Trevithick with Kiwi comedian Ben Hurley. He toured in the UK with his show Andy Parsons: Citizens! in 2009. The show was recorded the Lyric Theatre, London on 28 September 2009 and released on DVD in November that year under the title Britain's Got Idiots.
Andy also presented the Christmas-themed pilot of The HMV Podcast on iTunes in December 2009.
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.
Edinburgh Festival shows
- 2006 - International Indoor Championship Moaning
- 2005 - Genocide, Suicide, Cancer (And Other Words That Make You Wince)
- 2004 - Eat my Satire
- 2003 - Andy Parsons
- 2001 - Local Borough Pest Exterminator
- 2000 - Idiot Savant
- Official website
- Artists Page on Agents Website
- Andy Parsons at the Internet Movie Database
- Andy Parsons at Chortle.co.uk
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