Alan Anderson


Stand Up Comedian, Comedy Producer, Architectural Historian & Tour Guide





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Edinburgh Fringe 2011 : Whisky Fir Dummies


Alan Anderson : Scotland's most in demand compere. 

"Scottish Comedy Veteran" Daily Record    " A festival institution " Evening Times 

" Hilarious... have you rolling with laughter " Chortle 

"Alan Anderson is one of Scotland's most charming comperes and a very talented man... Anderson makes this event run with a slick professionalism" Broadway Baby


Whether he likes it or not Alan Anderson is now one of the old boys of Scottish Comedy. Just like the whisky he talks about in his Edinburgh Fringe shows, Alan Anderson has matured into one of the most reliable and palatable comedians in Scotland. Yes his style can initially seem a bit harsh, but he always leaves audiences with a warm glow inside.

2011 & 2012 have seen Alan Anderson tour his Whisky For Dafties show across the UK, Australia, Ireland and Scandanavia to sell out audiences.

Although a regular compere on the comedy club circuit, most of Alan's work is performing after dinner at corporate events and sportsman's dinners or taking on the hosting duties at industry awards ceremonies.

Alan hosts the heats & semi-finals for the annual Scottish Comedian of the Year competition and comperes the resultant Best of SCOTY showcase tour and Edinburgh Fringe shows at The Underbelly. He regularly comperes at many of the UK's top comedy venues, in shows that have featured Johnny Vegas, Bernard Manning, Peter Kay, Ross Noble & Jimmy Carr.

Alan Anderson compering in Liverpool, September 2011.


Most match days Alan can be found hosting lunchtime corporate gigs at some of Scotland's main sporting grounds. 

A keen cyclist and tri-athlete Alan has been the event commentator for the Tweed Love cycling festival, the British Triathlon Championshsips, Scottish Triathlon Championships, British Youth Championships and British Sprint Triathlon Championships.

"Alan's talent and experience immediately shone through as he worked the crowd" Manchester Comedy Online


Whilst studying Architecture at the University of Manchester DJ Alan Anderson first dipped his comedic toe at the city's famous Murphy's Malarkey in 1999. Soon he was asked to run & compere comedy gigs at bars where he was regularly DJing, including the now legendry Bar 41 gigs in Altrincham. It was at Bar 41 Alan Carr perfromed his 3rd gig, his first paid gig and his first headline spot. Other notablee acts at those gigs include Adam Hills, Andrew Maxwell, Chris Addison, John Bishop, Johnny Vegas, Matt Horne, Russel Howard and Ross Noble.

A former DJ at Manchester's legendary Hacienda, nowadays Alan can often be found filling dance floors at corporate events and weddings, laying down the finest selection of deep-filled Camembert cheesy floor fillers - with mashups guaranteed to make you, your mum and your boss cheer, not cringe.


"Very humourous...Anderson delivers lightning fast responses to hapless audience members... he regales the audience with one-liners and acerbic observations about life." Adelaide Advertiser review 2012
"simultaneously keeping the laughs coming with some non-PC, quintessentially Scottish humour, and by mercilessly ripping the proverbial out of those in the front row. It’s a riot, you will get a lot of laughs." Three Weeks Ed Fringe Review 2011
"educate(s) his audience as well as keeping them rolling with laughter." Chortle Feb 2011
‘Creative, fun, lighthearted way to learn about whisky’ The Scotsman review 2012
"lively MC Alan Anderson, whose idea this was, instils a sense of comradeship before we set off" Chortle April 2011