Ian Hislop

British writer, comedian, journalist, and broadcaster Ian Hislop is most recognizable for having appeared on every episode of the long-running satirical current events quiz show, "Have I Got News for You. " Born in ... Read more »
Born: 07/13/1960 in Mumbles,

Filmography

Writer (3)

A Bunch of Amateurs 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spitting Image: The Ronnie and Nancy Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (1)

Great Railway Journeys 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

British writer, comedian, journalist, and broadcaster Ian Hislop is most recognizable for having appeared on every episode of the long-running satirical current events quiz show, "Have I Got News for You. " Born in Swansea, Wales, he lived all over the world due to his father's civil engineering job before attending a British boarding school where he directed and performed in revues. He subsequently attended Oxford, trying his hand at journalism as editor of "Passing Wind," a satirical magazine begun by classmate and collaborator Nick Newman. Having developed his skills, he began writing for "Private Eye," the British magazine that mixes news with a healthy dose of criticism lampooning the establishment. In 1986, he rose to the position of editor of the magazine, earning the dubious distinction of becoming the most sued man in Britain for the many libel cases brought against the controversial publication. Hislop first appeared on television on the youth oriented talk show "Loose Talk" and continued in the medium despite hating those early experiences, next writing for the series, "Spitting Image," which used puppets to send up major public figures. He has also presented serious documentary series in addition to further satirical writing for radio and sitcoms. Most visibly, he's known as a team captain on the BBC's longest running panel show, "Have I Got News for You," again bringing satire to current events and appearing in every episode in over 20 years on the air.

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