Simon Amstell is a British comedian, writer and actor whose dark humor and acerbic wit have made him a household name in the UK.
His self-revelatory style of stand-up comedy, glimmering with intelligence and angst, has been described by “The (London) Sunday Times” as “as close as you can get to a man emotionally and philosophically disemboweling himself on stage”; while his recent shows in New York led to “The New York Times” comparing him to “a young Woody Allen.”
Simon’s recent run of performances of his new stand-up show Numb was a sell-out at New York’s Theater 80, following a successful UK tour and appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, and the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. Numb has been recorded as an intimate live special for future broadcast by the BBC.
His previous stand up show, Do Nothing, played to audiences around the UK and at the Montreal Comedy Festival in 2010, and was recorded in Dublin, and later broadcast by the BBC. This special is due to air on BBC America in October 2012, giving US audiences the chance to discover Simon’s unique style, which delves deep into the discomfort zone of romantic and family difficulties.
Simon’s award-winning comedy series, “Grandma’s House,” co-written with long-term collaborator DanSwimer, returned to BBC2 for a second series in spring 2012, garnering ecstatic reviews. In the series, Simon plays a version of himself – the host of a massively popular entertainment show who has given it all up to pursue a more serious acting career, only to find himself living at home in the suburbs with his dysfunctional family.
Simon himself made a similar career move when he gave up his role as host of the BBC’s enduring popular comedy panel show “Never Mind the Buzzcocks” in 2009 after four series, during which time he graduated from cult hero to mainstream success.
Simon currently lives in North London. He was born and raised in Essex, and began performing stand-up in his teens, going on to become the youngest ever finalist of the BBC New Comedy Awards.
He started his TV career on Nickelodeon in 1998, until he was fired for making pop stars uncomfortable. He soon found his niche as the co-host of the Channel 4 show, “Popworld,” where ironically he gained a huge following for his groundbreaking work in making pop stars uncomfortable.
Simon has won an RTS Award as well as a Broadcast Award, two British Comedy Awards and has been nominated for a BAFTA.