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Biography: Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson


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Recognised as one of the UK’s cleverest and funniest TV and print satirists and authors, Clive Anderson is a former barrister and an award-winning comedian. His celebrated Channel 4 chat show saw him interviewing the world’s most famous and often controversial figures.

Best known for Whose Line Is It Anyway? – originally on radio but then so successful it became a TV hit for ten years - and eventually Clive Anderson Talks Back, the Cambridge graduate spent his university years writing and directing stage productions, and continued performing as a stand-up comedian until 1986 when he was chosen to host several series of The Cabaret Upstairs, an alternative comedy show on Radio 4.

"Clive can only be given an excellent rating. Given that he had a sore throat on the night, he worked tirelessly to make the event a success -from joining us for dinner through to taking the time after the presentations to meet people. He gauged the audience precisely and struck the right note between light presentation and giving weight to the winners for their endeavours. Overall, a great performance."
Perspective Publishing Ltd/Corporate Insurance & Risk/Charity Times

In 1991 Clive was awarded the television industry's Comedy Presenter of the Year Award in 1991 and in 1992 he won the award for top Channel 4 Presenter given by the British Comedy Awards.

Clive has also written for many other shows including Alias Smith & Jones; The World According to Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O'Clock News.

In 1996 Clive Anderson All Talk began and aired for five years.

The Sharp End and The Guardian Sports Quiz followed, as well as stints on many classic TV shows in the UK, including God Almighty; The Big Read; Loose Ends; Notes and Queries, and Underdog.

Clive has written and presented many documentaries on subjects ranging from the Montreal Comedy Festival; the Bayeaux Tapestry; Great Railway Journeys Of The World and Our Man In ... for the BBC.

He has written for a diverse range of newspapers and magazines including The Times; The Observer, and The Independent on Sunday.

As an awards host, Clive has taken centre stage at the Evening Standard Film Awards, The Olivier Awards and a live 2 hour special debate during Channel 4's general election coverage.  

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