Clive Anderson

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Clive Anderson (born 10 December 1952) is a British former barrister, best known for being a comedy writer as well as a radio and television presenter in the United Kingdom. Winner of a British Comedy Award in 1991,[1] Anderson began his success during his 15-year law career with stand-up comedy and comedic script writing, before starring in Whose Line Is It Anyway? on BBC Radio 4, then later, Channel 4. He was also successful with a number of radio programmes, television interviews and guest appearances on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, QI and The Bubble.[2]


Early life

Anderson was educated at Stanburn Primary School and Harrow County School for Boys in London,[3] where his group of friends included Michael Portillo. His Scottish father was manager of the Midland Bank's Wembley branch.[4] Anderson attended Selwyn College, Cambridge where, from 1974 to 1975, he was President of Footlights.[5] He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in 1976 and became a practising barrister, specialising in criminal law.



Anderson was involved in the fledgling alternative comedy scene in the early 1980s and was the first act to come on stage at The Comedy Store when it opened in 1979.[6] He made his name as host of the improvised television comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which ran for 8 series.[7]

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