Dan Atkinson is a stand-up comedian, television writer and producer. Dan’s recent producing highlights include The Russell Howard Hour for Sky1, Unspun with Matt Forde for Dave, and The Hostel with Totally Tom for the BBC. He was a writer and Programme Associate for five series of Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), and returned as Producer when the show made its move to BBC Two for its ninth series. Dan was also the Producer and script-editor for the hit BBC Three series Live at The Electric, hosted by Russell Kane. Dan has also written for Russell Howard’s new stand up show on Comedy Central.
Dan began working on Russell Howard’s Good News after having achieved great success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with three consecutive sell-out shows Dan Atkinson Knows That He Knows Nothing in 2006, The Credit Crunch and Other Biscuits in 2008 and Death by a Thousand Pricks. Dan first appeared as part of the 2006 Comedy Zone, the Fringe’s longest-running comedy showcase which launched the careers of some of comedy’s biggest names including Dave Gorman, Russell Howard, Al Murray and Stewart Lee.
Dan received a Chortle Award nomination for Best UK Compere and previously compered the Edinburgh and Beyond National Live Tour, hosted the late night, copyright-infringing Comedy Countdown for eight consecutive years, and co-created and performed in comedy show Git, alongside Jon Richardson and Lloyd Langford. In 2010 the success of Git led to a number of further London dates. Dan has also been a regular support act for Stephen Merchant.
Radio credits include The Richard Bacon Show (BBC5 Live) and The Jon Richardson Show (BBC 6 Music). TV appearances include Working Lunch (BBC2), Law of the Playground (Channel 4), Tony & June (Channel 4), Bodyhits (BBC3) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3).
“Atkinson has a natural wit and a wonderful way with a crowd.”
“Atkinson embellishes his jokes with so many levels that some of his most subtle lines were lost on an audience who were still laughing at the previous gag”
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