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Sunday 20 April 2014

Stand-up is Addison's first love

Chris Addison says stand-up is the work he loves best

Chris Addison may be best known for his role as hapless policy advisor Ollie Reeder in The Thick Of It, but he admits his real passion is stand up rather than acting.

After five years away from the scene, spent writing his own sitcom Lab Rats, and working on The Thick Of It and the film version, In The Loop, his stand-up tour last year went down so well that he's doing it all again in November.

Recently he went back to his childhood home of Manchester to perform on stage at the Palace Theatre for a new series of Dave's One Night Stand, which sees comics return to their roots for a one-off performance.

"It was the very first place I saw stand-up, so it was lovely thing to do," he says, wistfully.

"I'd been to the Palace many many times in my childhood to see various things and just to walk onto the stage was extraordinary. There was definitely a 'you are here' moment."

Also on the bill for this series of Dave's One Night Stand is Dave Gorman, who was instrumental in encouraging Chris to follow a career in comedy.

"Although he's a Stafford boy, he was very much a part of the Manchester comedy scene of the mid-Nineties, along with people like Steve Coogan, Caroline Aherne, Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay," Chris said.

"My first gig, I did to complete... silence. Dave had seen it and came up to me afterwards and said, 'Don't worry, they're a bank holiday crowd, they're rubbish. You've got some really good stuff in there, you should do it again'. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have done if he hadn't said that."

:: Dave's One Night Stand starts on Thursday, April 14.

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