Andrew McConnell Stott likes books, potatoes and crunchy fruit. Many years ago he was a stand-up comedian, described by the London Evening Standard as 'an absurdist comic with a satirical eye for popular culture,' but there were two majors flaws: first, he wasn't particularly funny; and second, he hates having to work at night. Although he decided to give it up, many of those he performed with went on to become obscenely rich and famous.
He is the author of Comedy (Routledge, 2005) and The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi (Canongate, 2009), which won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction, the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography, and the George Freedley Memorial Award. Grimaldi was a BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week,' and was named as one of the Guardian's 'Books of the Year' for 2010. In 2010-11, he was a Fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
His new book, The Vampyre Family: Passion, Envy and the Curse of Byron, will be published by Canongate in November 2013.
He is Professor of English and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Buffalo, SUNY, and is pictured here winking at the Coldstream Guards.
Representation: Ben Mason at Fox Mason, 36-38 Glasshouse Street, London, W1B 5DL.