Andrew O’Neill isn’t your usual stand-up comedian. Yes, he tells jokes. Yes, he makes you laugh. But he does it all with an innate sense of absurdism and silliness, and proudly displays one of the most inventive comic minds around today. Why tell a joke when you can sing it? Why not tell the masses about the celebrities who live in London’s sewer system? Why not pepper your performance with increasingly funny and bizarre non-sequiteurs?
Highly inventive and extremely funny, Andrew has risen like warm air in a comparatively cold room ever since his debut in 2002. He’s done primetime comedy with Steve Coogan, dabbled in reality TV, and had dozens of sketches broadcast on Radio 1.
His debut solo show ‘Winston Churchill was Jack The Ripper’ grafted his surreal comedy onto ‘diligently researched’ fact, creating a piece of comedy that was ‘bloody entertaining’ and a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Andrew is currently working on various treatments for television and radio, a non-fiction book about the occult and putting together a compilation of his travel writings.
“clever comedy for those who like their laughs original, off-kilter and clichÃ©-free” **** Three Weeks
“keeping the true flame of creativity burning bright” TimeOut
“so funny I put him in my new TV show” Steve Coogan
“talented, intelligent and unique. Bringing the spirit of the alternative 80s back into the comedy circuit” Dazed & Confused
“Andrew O’Neill is like comedy ball-lightning. Fast, electrifying and even funnier than the misfortunes of others” Alan Moore
“everyone around me fell about with laughter” The Scotsman
“gruesomely absorbing “¦ bloody entertaining” Chortle
“one of the emerging barometers of hilarity” TimeOut
“refreshing and inventive” Manchester Online
“sparkling … 4 stars” Three Weeks
“scores high on the chuckle-o-meter … more than a hint of genius” Hairline
“he’s got an engaging stage manner and the proven ability to write a gag … a bright future awaits” Chortle
Compering residencies at the Original Oak, the Old Library and the Hi-Fi Club (all in Leeds) plus The Troy Club (London). Stand-up sets of between 20 and 60 minutes.
“Andrew O’Neill’s Totally Spot-On History Of British Industry” Edinburgh Fringe 2008, Underbelly
“Winston Churchill was Jack The Ripper” national tour 2007/08
“futuristicelectrodeathninja9000″ Edinburgh Fringe 2007, Underbelly
“Winston Churchill was Jack The Ripper” Edinburgh Fringe 2006, Underbelly
“The Last Show Around” with Tom Bell, Edinburgh Fringe 2005, CafÃ© Royal
“Apparently” with James Sherwood, Edinburgh Fringe 2004, Underbelly
Leicester Comedy Festival 2006, 2007, 2008
Brighton Fringe 2007, 2008
Buxton Fringe 2007, 2008
Henley Fringe 2008
Manchester Comedy Festival 2006, 2008
TV, Radio and Writing Work
Richard Bacon Show BBC Radio 5 Live May 2008 ““ current regular guest
The Martin Kelner Show BBC Radio Leeds Sept 2006 ““ current regular guest
The F Word Channel 4 / Optomen July 2006 participant
Saxondale BBC Two / Baby Cow July 2006 “Shop Assistant”
Seeds Of Today Baby Cow script commission
The Milk Run BBC Radio 1 Oct 2004-Aug 2005 writer/performer