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Andy Ford (Comic)

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Andy Ford
BornAndrew Mogford
Bristol, England
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Stand-up, television, actor, singer
📆 Years active  1970–present

Andy Ford (born 1957 Exeter, England) is an award-winning English comedian, actor, writer and singer. He has regularly appeared in pantomime since the mid-1980s; making him one of the tallest pantomime performers in Britain. He became Hall of Fame in the 2017 panto archive .[1]


Music and pantomime Ford began his ca­reer at the age of 12. He started out his ca­reer singing and joined his first band at the age of 14 as the Cliff Brown Trio. He was the lead singer for many years until he went solo, record­ing the sin­gle "Pil­low Talk" in the mid 1980s. He re­leased his sec­ond album Love And Stuff along with "Only Wanna Make Things Right" be­fore turn­ing his hand to stage work. He moved into the pan­tomime scene where he has al­ways played the 'Sim­ple Simon' roles such as But­tons. Ford reg­u­larly ap­pears as lead char­ac­ters in pantomimes [2] and has held the title of 'Panto Man' for over a decade. In 2015, Ford starred along­side Britain's Got Tal­ent win­ners Ash­ley and Pud­sey in a per­for­mance of Dick Whit­ting­ton. This per­for­mance was Ford's first to be recorded for DVD. In mid- 2018 Andy re­leased a new sin­gle en­ti­tled 'Dad Danc­ing'.

Television, radio and film[edit]

Ford per­formed a com­edy rou­tine in 1997 on ITV's Big Tal­ent Show, and his per­for­mance on the show landed him a slot on the Royal Va­ri­ety Show that year. In 1999 Ford joined Chan­nel 5's Havaka­zoo as Patrick the baker, work­ing on the se­ries for over four years. [3] Ford ap­peared in slots on ITV's Today with Des and Mel, and later took to the streets with sketches for his on­line show Andy Ford on the Streets. This saw the comic talk­ing to the pub­lic and find­ing out who their favourite co­me­di­ans were. He would also ask peo­ple to tell a joke, and if they made him laugh they would win a small gift. One of the seg­ments in­cluded Ford trick­ing the pub­lic by mak­ing up facts, for ex­am­ple, "Did you know this road was made by the Ro­mans?"

A few years back Ford starred in a short film en­ti­tled Loss. The film fo­cused on men­tal health is­sues with Ford play­ing the lead role. He also starred in the radio se­ries The In­cred­i­ble In­spec­tor Biggins.

Live comedy[edit]

Ford's style of com­edy has al­ways been smut-free and in­no­cent, and he has a camp, manic style. Ford is known for writ­ing po­etry, which he also in­cludes in his per­for­mances, along with one lin­ers and puns.

A show from his 2004 Live and Lovely tour was re­leased on DVD that year. [4]Ford started tour­ing for his show West End Crazy in 2006, also re­leased on DVD. In late 2010, Ford per­formed a stand-up show called "This is my Day Job" to mark 40 years in his pro­fes­sional ca­reer; also re­leased on DVD. In early 2014, Ford toured with "Daft as a Brush", re­leased on DVD as "Live from the Heart of West Coun­try". His 2016 tour was ti­tled "Live and Un-hinged". Fords lat­est tour is en­ti­tled 'LIVE and gert-lush'. Re­leased on DVD July 2017.

Ford runs com­edy work­shops, and in 2016 launched an on­line pro­gramme en­ti­tled "Con­fi­dence Thought Com­edy", a plat­form to help peo­ple be­come more con­fi­dent in speech mak­ing, using tech­niques from com­edy.

Ollie the Otter[edit]

Ollie the Otter is a char­ac­ter cre­ated by Ford in the 1980s orig­i­nally as a kids club char­ac­ter mas­cot for hol­i­day camps. Ford went on to pro­duce radio shows and CDs around that time fea­tur­ing songs and sto­ries from the char­ac­ter. He recently re­vived the char­ac­ter.

Personal life[edit]

Ford was born in Bris­tol. He at­tended Whip­ton Bar­ton in­fants school in Ex­eter and be­came Head Choir Boy at St Boni­face Church, Whip­ton.


In 2017, he was en­tered into the 'panto archive's' hall of fame. He is counted among the top ten best comics in Britain by the 'Stage Newspaper' and won the best stand-up show at the Lost Review Comedy Awards in 2017.[5]

Stand-up DVDs[edit]

  • Live and Lovely- 2004 (Live stand-up)
  • Live 2 – West end crazy- 2006 (Live stand-up)
  • This is my day job- 2010 (Live stand-up)
  • Comic collection- 2012 (A collection of Andy's comical creations and un-seen stand up)
  • Live from the heart of the west country- 2014 (Live stand-up)
  • Panto man- 2013 (A collection of Andy's best panto roles)
  • Stand-up for yourself- 2014 (A DVD on the art of stand-up)
  • Dick Wittington: LIVE- 2015 (Live panto starring Andy and others)
  • Live and Gert-Lush- 2017 (LIVE stand up)
  • 50 Years And Counting- 2018 (A look back at the life of Andy Ford)
  • The Best Of Andy Ford- 2018 (A collection of Andy's best bits)


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