Armando Lannucci is acclaimed as one of the most influential comedy writers and producers in Britain. He wrote and directed the BAFTA-winning shows I’m Alan Partridge (starring Steve Coogan) and The Thick Of It, as well as fronting his own satirical shows The Friday Night Armistice for BBC 2, and The Armando Iannucci Shows for Channel 4. His spoof news show The Day Today (with Chris Morris) led to him winning the unique Special Jury British Comedy Award, in recognition of his distinctive contribution to radio and television comedy.
His famous British comedy television series, The Thick Of It was bestowed with three awards at the 2010 BAFTAs, including the award for Situation Comedy.
Armando’s feature film In the Loop premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Utah in 2009. Directed by Armando, co-written with Jesse Armstrong and starring Peter Capaldi and James Gadolfini it is a fast-paced film about Britain and America’s special relationship in the lead-up to a war no one seems to be able to stop. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 82nd Academy Awards, March 2010.
Armando is available to hire for after-dinner speaking, hosting and facilitating. His witty style, sharp sense of humour and extensive corporate experience make him perfect for any event. His abilities range from hosting an intellectual, political debate to giving an amusing speech about media and film, drawing on knowledge from his very own Oscar nominated In The Loop.
Armando’s book, The Audacity of Hype, published in early September 2009, demonstrates the spread of his interests and styles, whilst wonderfully “showcasing his skills for humorous invention” (The Independent, 28 August 2009).
As well as the obvious comedy themes that he can consider for an audience, Armando also enjoys giving speeches that can, while staying light, take on more serious themes. In the past, he has spoken about Europe, Classical music, therapy, the arts and the future of Television, to name but a few. He has delivered the Alternative McTaggart Lecture at the 2008 Edinburgh TV Festival, and he was Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University, delivering a series of lectures on Television comedy and New Media. He delivered the Tate Britain Lecture for 2006 and The Philharmonia Society Lecture of 2007.
Armando also shows a great interest in science and astronomy, IT, computers, internet, and new media. He can speak fluently on all of these subjects – perfect for any after-dinner speech!
Armando hosts a radio discussion show, and can similarly chair corporate discussions and debates. He would also make the perfect one-to-one interviewer of significant figures in the corporate world. He can adapt his style and tone as appropriate, to suit almost any event. He often appears on straight political shows like The Daily Politics, This Week, and Question Time. In addition he has been a Guest Director of The Cheltenham Literary Festival, and was Chair of the Judges for the 2006 Costa Book Award.
Armando’s vast experience in the corporate frame includes hosting conferences for Microsoft and BT, speaking for Samaritans, Royal TV Society, Deutsche Bank, Energis, The Treasury, the staff of the House of Commons, Scottish Business groups and MI5! He has also presented Awards for Advertising Industry, PPA Magazine Subscription, ACE Press Awards, Hedge Fund of Funds, Incentive Travel and Meetings Industry, Security Excellence Awards, and Building Communities Awards.