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Andrew Lawrence is an award-winning British stand-up comedian known for lengthy rantings and ravings about the state of contemporary society. He has written the BBC Radio 4 sitcoms What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else and There Is No Escape. His career changed overnight after a Facebook post in 2014 in which he criticised a supposed liberal, progressive, anti-white-male agenda in comedy, and in 2016 he was the subject of a Sky Arts documentary The Outcast Comic.

Biography

Andrew Lawrence is a stand-up comedian known for characteristically lengthy, fired-up, pessimistic rantings and ravings about the state of contemporary society.

In 2003 he placed second in the So You Think You're Funny competition, which was closely followed in 2004 by the BBC New Comedy Award, the Amused Moose Starsearch, and York Comedy Festival New Act of the Year, and in 2006 by the Edinburgh Comedy Award (Best Newcomer Nominee).

In 2006 he was also cast as regular ensemble actor Marco in Ideal for BBC Three, a sitcom starring Johnny Vegas as a small-time drug dealer.

More awards and commendations came flooding in, with Lawrence nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2007 and for the 2010 Chortle Award for Best UK Headline Act.

As his star was fast rising, in 2010 Lawrence appeared on BBC One's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and recorded a 4-part comedy series for BBC Radio 4 entitled What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else, which he wrote. This featured short comedic monologues performed by him, and eventually ran for two series between 2010 and 2011.

In 2011 he was nominated for a Chortle Award for Best UK Headline Act, and also appeared on Live At The Apollo.

In 2012 he became a series regular on 10 episodes of Channel 4's topical stand-up comedy series Stand Up For The Week, and also wrote and recorded a new series on BBC Radio 4, called How Did We End Up Like This?. Starring Lawrence, Sara Pascoe, and Mark Larwood, it explores the catastrophes and triumphs of human progress using an energetic mixture of sketches, song, and stand-up. In 2015 he released another BBC Radio 4 sitcom called There Is No Escape, starring Diane Morgan, about a man dissatisfied with his lot in life and meekly attempting to improve his conditions.

On 25 October 2014, Lawrence drew national, controversial attention through a lengthy post on his official Facebook page in which he excoriated an increasing number of 'political' comedians cracking easy, unimaginative jokes about UKIP, 'to the extent that it's got hack, boring and lazy very quickly', deeming said comedians 'out of touch, smug, superannuated, overpaid TV comics with their cosy lives in their west-London ivory towers taking a supercilious, moralising tone, pandering to the ever-creeping militant political correctness of the BBC". He reserved particular disdain for long-running topical BBC topical panel-show Mock The Week, which he deemed an example of 'liberal back-slapping', consisting of 'aging, balding, fat men, ethnic comedians and women-posing-as-comedians, sit congratulating themselves on how enlightened they are about the fact that UKIP are ridiculous and pathetic'.

His post garnered huge interest across the British media, leading to high-profile disputes with fellow comedians (and Mock The Week panellists and hosts Dara O Briain and Frankie Boyle).

In 2016 Sky Arts even released a documentary entitled The Outcast Comic, charting how Lawrence was ostracised from the comedy community almost overnight for daring to criticise a quota system which, In his own words, favoured 'ethnic comedians and women posing as comedians' at the expense of the straight white male. In this show, Reginald D Hunter described Lawrence's stand-up as 'tortured', coming from a place of real cynicism - and this was before any of his social views became known.

In recent years Lawrence has traded in this subversive, rebellious , anti-PC image, successfully touring with titles such as Andrew Lawrence: Uncensored, Andrew Lawrence: The Hate Speech Tour, Andrew Lawrence: Clean and Andrew Lawrence: The Pale, Male & Stale Tour.

In 2015 he released his first book, a parody of the self-help fad in publishing. It is called Reasons To Kill Yourself.

Gender
Male
Nationality
England

Awards

  • Ham Fist Prize 2016 - Most Politically Correct Review Prize: Nominee
  • Chortle Awards 2011 - Best Headliner: Nominee
  • Chortle Awards 2010 - Best Headliner: Nominee
  • Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2007 - Best Comedy Show: Nominee
  • Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2006 - Best Newcomer: Nominee
  • BBC New Comedy Award 2004 - Main Prize: Winner
  • So You Think You're Funny? 2003 - Main Prize: Runner-up
Born
Monday 17th December 1979 (40 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2020 Non-essential shopping in Wales? Time to call in the military Brian Shithouse
2020 Non-essential shopping in Wales? Time to call in the military Writer
2020 Comedy Unleashed: Quarantined
  1. Episode Two
Ensemble Actor
2020 Comedy Unleashed: Quarantined
  1. Episode Two
  2. Episode One
Sergeant Detective Officer Peter Pisspot
2020 Comedy Unleashed: Quarantined
  1. Episode Two
  2. Episode One
Writer
2020 Coronavirus interviews: The director of The Bat Conservation Trust Self
2020 Coronavirus interviews: The director of The Bat Conservation Trust Writer
2020 Andrew Lawrence - Song for the Insolvent Self
2020 Andrew Lawrence - Song for the Insolvent Writer
2020 How To Survive Lockdown - Exclusive Interview Self
2020 How To Survive Lockdown - Exclusive Interview Writer
2020 Exclusive interview with one of the UK's leading coronavirus experts Self
2020 Exclusive interview with one of the UK's leading coronavirus experts Writer
2020 Leicester Comedy Festival Self
2020 Andrew Lawrence: The Pale, Male & Stale Tour Self
2019 Andrew Lawrence: Clean Self
2018 Andrew Lawrence: Clean Self
2017 Andrew Lawrence: The Happy Accident Tour Self
2017 Andrew Lawrence: The Happy Accident Tour Self
2017 Andrew Lawrence: The Hate Speech Tour Self
2016 Andrew Lawrence: Uncensored Self
2016 The Outcast Comic Self
2016 Andrew Lawrence: The Hate Speech Tour Self
2015 There Is No Escape Andrew
2015 There Is No Escape Writer
2015 Andrew Lawrence: Uncensored Self
2015 Comedy Central At The Comedy Store - Series 3
  1. E13 - Episode Thirteen
  2. E10 - Episode Ten
Guest
2014 Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live - 2014
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2014 Comedy Gala 2014: In Aid of Waverley Care Self
2014 Andrew Lawrence: Reasons to Kill Yourself Self
2013 Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live - 2013
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2013 Comedy Gala 2013: In Aid Of Waverley Care Self
2013 Andrew Lawrence - There Is No Escape Self
2013 John Bishop's Only Joking
  1. E10 - Episode Ten
  2. E9 - Episode Nine
  3. E8 - Episode Eight
  4. E7 - Episode Seven
  5. E6 - Episode Six
  6. E5 - Episode Five
  7. E4 - Episode Four
  8. E3 - Episode Three
  9. E2 - Episode Two
  10. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2012 Andrew Lawrence: How Did We End Up Like This? Host / Presenter
2012 Andrew Lawrence: How Did We End Up Like This? Writer
2012 Andrew Lawrence is Coming to Get You Self
2012 Stand Up For The Week - Series 4 Self
2011 Live At The Apollo - Series 7
  1. E4 - Andy Parsons, Andrew Lawrence, Milton Jones
Guest
2011 Ask Rhod Gilbert - Series 2
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
Guest
2011 Laughs In The Park Self
2011 What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2011 What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else - Series 2 Writer
2011 Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live - 2011
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2011 Andrew Lawrence - The Best Kept Secret in Comedy Tour Self
2011 After Hours Comedy Self
2011 What's So Funny? - Series 1
  1. E13 - Episode Thirteen
Guest
2011 Stand Up For The Week - Series 2
  1. E9 - Episode Nine
Self
2011 The News Quiz - Series 73 Guest
2010 Dave's One Night Stand - Series 1
  1. E2 - Jack Whitehall
Guest
2010 Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow - Series 2
  1. E4 - Dublin
Guest
2010 Comedy Central At The Comedy Store - Series 1
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2010 Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live - 2010
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2010 What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2010 What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else - Series 1 Writer
2010 On The Fringe With Stephen K Amos Self
2010 The Non-Conformists' Guide To Civic Responsibility Self
2010 Andrew Lawrence: The Too Ugly For Television Tour 2010 Self
2010 Arthur Smith's Balham Bash - Series 2
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2009 Magners Brighton Comedy Festival Self
2009 MacAulay And Co - Edinburgh 2009
  1. E4 - Thursday 13th
Guest
2009 Ideal - Series 5 Marco
2009 4 Stands Up - Series 3
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2009 Things Talk Toaster and Egg (Voice)
2009 The Site Morris
2008 Ideal - Series 4 Marco
2008 Headcases Various (Voice)
2007 Splitting Cells Various
2007 Ideal - Series 3 Marco
2007 Scallywagga - Pilot
  1. Spacehopper
Various
2006 The Leicester Comedy Festival
  1. E1 - Live From Leicester
Guest
2005 The Mitch Benn Music Show - Series 1
  1. E2 - Andrew Lawrence
Guest
Andrew Lawrence: Social Leprosy For Beginners And Improvers Self
Andrew Lawrence: How To Butcher Your Loved Ones Self

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Andrew Lawrence on IMDb

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