Andre Vincent (born in Penge, England) is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor. Vincent sits on the board of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. A situational comic, Vincent is known for his observations about health matters, including his experiences with diabetes, cancer and kidney surgery.
Vincent developed an interest in acting when, as a child, he took the part of the Artful Dodger in a locally produced Oliver. Trained as a clown, Vincent started traveling the world appearing at circus and theatre festivals as busker ‘Arry Pavarotti. Following his stand-up debut in Georgia and Alabama, Vincent made appearance in other US states. The pinnacle of this period was opening for Bob Hope in Columbus, Ohio in 1992.
Thereafter, Vincent returned home to the comedy circuit of the UK. Subsequent appearances have included a Saturday night show on Channel 4, nine sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, numerous radio shows, the presenter of two award-nominated television programmes, regular appearances on daytime panel games and even an appearance as himself in the children’s drama Byker Grove. Vincent began to incorporate more material about himself into his comedy routine after his diagnosis with cancer and the removal of a 7lb tumour from his kidney in 2002, having in earlier shows received positive audience response from earlier references to his diabetes and a knee injury. He later incorporated the material into an award winning TV show for BBC, Hurrah for Cancer.
Vincent started working with Marcus Brigstocke in 2005 on the BBC Four show The Late Edition, the first live topical show on the BBC for many years. The pair took a live version of the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2006 and since then have performed “The Early Edition” at many of the leading UK festivals.
In 2007 Vincent has launched a new show with fellow comic Phill Jupitus. In “Waiting For Alice”, the pair play Tweedledum and Tweedledee, sitting around and contemplating their wonderland and what may lie outside.
The Winter of 2009 found Vincent re-treading the boards in the Pantomime “Robin Hood” at the Theatre Royal, Norwich, his first Panto in 26 years. In 2010 he can be seen in the movies Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story and The People Versus George Lucas. Moments treasured in André’s career so far include: Playing himself in ‘Byker Grove’ Singing ‘Ooh Ah Just A Little Bit’ on TV with Miss UK Teaching Cliff Richard to unicycle Performing at a Vietnamese refugee camp in the South China Sea (booked by the Chinese Government) Opening for Bob Hope (Bing Crosby spins in his grave even now…) Television: ‘Andre Vincent – Hurrah for Cancer’ (BBC3) ‘The Late Edition (BBC4) ‘Big City’ (Central) ‘The Orpheum Comics (CBC) ‘The Comedy Factory (Nederland’s TV) ‘I Want 2 B TV (BBC3) ‘100 Greatest Musicals (CH4) ‘History of Offensive Humour’ (CH4) ‘A Day In the Garden’ (CH4) ‘The Show’ (CH4) ‘Sunday Night With The Comics (Fox) ‘Breakfast TV’ (BBC1) ‘All Over The Shop’ (BBC1) ‘You Must Be Joking’ (ITV) ‘First Night’ (ITV) ‘Bodger and Badger’ (BBC1) ‘The Basement’ (Bravo) ‘Harry Hill’s Fruit Fancies’ (BBC2) ‘Edinburgh Nights’ (ITV) ‘Lee Evans Christmas Special’ (ITV) ‘The Comedy Store’ (CH 5) Festivals: Beijing Arts Festival China Toronto Vaudeville Festival Winter Olympics – Calgary Bogotá Festival – Columbia Ameriflora – USA Edinburgh Fringe Festival Colombo Festival – Sri Lanka Melbourne Comedy Festival Montreal Comedy Festival.