Clive
Anderson

Comedy and current affairs presenter for radio and television.

Clive Anderson is a barrister by training, but he is best known for being an award-winning and versatile, broadcaster and comedy writer. 

Winner of the British Comedy Award in 1991, Clive began his success during his 15-year law career with stand-up comedy and script writing, before rising to fame as the host of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on radio and then television. 

Clive went on to front ten series of his own show, Clive Anderson Talks Back on Channel 4 and four series of Clive Anderson All Talk on BBC 1. As well as presenting several other TV and radio programmes, he has made many guest appearances on shows such as Have I Got News For You, QI, Mock the Week, and The Bubble. Clive has been the unflappable host of live events and award ceremonies for BAFTA, the London Evening Standard Film Awards, the Chortle Awards and the Olivier Awards and has fronted other events and programmes ranging from the Proms to politics.

In recent years on television he has presented The Big Read and Maestro! on BBC 2. Clive has also presented a two-part series investigating China's Football Revolution, as well as being a regular contributor to The Footballs On on BT Sport. 

Clive hosted Whose Line Is It Anyway?...Live the official worldwide première at the Adelphi Theatre in London in 2015. Due to popular demand, the sold-out show returned to London Palladium for a limited run in 2016 and again to Royal Albert Hall in December 2018 to celebrate its 30th birthday with an exclusive run of three live festive shows.

2018 saw Clive, along with anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota, host Mystic Britain for showtime-owned Smithsonian Channel. The 10-part series followed them travelling across the U.K. to explore ancient places and rituals, investigating the strange and sacred beliefs of Britain’s past with the help of scientists, archaeologists and historians.

He currently presents Loose Ends and Unreliable Evidence (both BBC Radio 4). He has hosted many award ceremonies and written for a variety of comedians, radio and TV programmes, and for several national newspapers and magazines.

He was celebrated for asking the unaskable (to Charles Kennedy: 'Now, the Liberal Democrats - what's the point?'; to Cher: 'You look like a million dollars - is that how much it cost?'; and to Jeffrey Archer: 'Is there no beginning to your talents?') and those gags will live forever.

Harriet Lane
Guardian on Clive Anderson Talks Back

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Certainly if the audience enthusiasm for delirious, unscripted silliness on opening night was anything to go by, Anderson and his line up – [...] – have been sorely missed.

Claire Allfree
The Telegraph on Whose Line is it Anyway? Live