Ian Hislop came to national prominence as a regular panellist and team captain on BBC TV’s ‘ Have I got News for you’. His funny observations on the weekly news, plus highlighting the hypocrisy in our politicians and statesman amused many a viewer. Ian’s style played well against opposing captain Paul Merton’s, witty comments which helped make the programme a great success.
Ian was born in Mumbles, South Wales educated at Ardingly College and then Magdalen College, Oxford. He graduated with a degree in English literature in 1981. He became a writer, Journalist and in particular a satirist writing for a number of magazines and newspapers. Ian began his TV career as a scriptwriter for Spitting Image, and went on to write sketches for Harry Enfield and television plays for Maureen Lipman and Dawn French. He has co-written the ground-breaking family sitcom, My Dad’s the Prime Minister. In 1986 he became editor Private Eye, taking over the helm from Richard Ingrams and steering it to ever greater commercial success. In his role as editor of Private Eye Ian has the dubious distinction of being the most sued man in British legal history.
He is known to millions as the losing team captain on Have I Got News For You?, which has won numerous awards including a BAFTA for Best Light Entertainment.
Ian has made countless radio appearances, as a panellist, essayist and presenter. Credits include: The News Quiz and Fourth Column, as well as series on the history of tax, the Victorians and church architecture.
In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy Ian was honoured to receive the British Society of Magazine Editor’s highest award, The Editor’s Editor.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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