Idiots of Ants are Andrew Spiers, Elliott Tiney, Benjamin Wilson and James Wrighton. They have written and performed their unique blend of fast paced sketch comedy all over the world since 2007
In that short time they have performed four sell-out Edinburgh festival shows and completed a successful UK tour which culminated in a West End run. The Ant’s have been featured on BBC1, BBC 2, E4 and Radio 4, with their skits also making an appearance on The Today Show in the US and ChannelPlus in France. It is no surprise that the Independent newspaper declared them to be one of the top five sketch groups in the UK.
In 2009 they were one of the only sketch groups to perform at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. They performed alongside comedy legends such as Bill Cosby, Jimmy Carr, Ross Noble and John Cleese (who also appeared in one of their sketches).
Idiots of Ants have also attracted a massive internet following with their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube groups supporting thousands of fans. Their “Facebook in real life” and “Wii Breakfast” sketches are becoming two of the most viewed YouTube UK comedy clips of all time. In 2009 they filmed a series of successful interviews with John Cleese, Jimmy Carr and Greg Proops.
Their success is not limited to the circuit and on-line; Idiots of Ants have also had their sketches played at the G8 Summit, filmed a short film to help Friends of The Earth, written comedy scripts for Sienna Miller, Tony Blair and Amitabh Bachan.
The ‘Idiots’ also work as actors, having appeared in numerous commercials, films and television shows. They also run the new writing comedy night ‘Crash Test Comedy’ once a month at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, where brand new sketch, character and stand up is showcased.
What the critics had to say about Idiots of Ants
The Scotsman, Time Out, British Theatre Guide, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Edinburgh Guide and Allthefestivals.com
The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Chortle, Fest, British Comedy Guide and Edinburgh Evening News.
‘Rock ‘n’ roll hysteria meets sharp and brilliant comedy, The best Sketch group of 2009’ Tim Arthur, Time Out
‘An astonishing hit rate…Everything is executed with verve…Not sick, dark or fashionably twisted, just very, very funny… Laugh? I even put my pen down to applaud’ Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
‘The imagination, easy chemistry and all-round comic brio on offer here make them look like the smartest sketch-show in town.’ Mark Monahan, The Daily Telegraph
‘The funniest sketch show in Edinburgh’ Dominic Maxwell, The Times
‘Muscle-spasmingly clever and funny… a multilayered comic marvel, so clever it hurt….By half time they already had these five stars. But what we got in the second half made me wish I had five more to give.’ Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
‘Sheer excellence’ Scotland on Sunday
‘Intelligently witty and wonderfully timed observational comedy sketches, unlike anything you will have seen…Unlike most sketch shows, which are usually hit and miss in their material, this show has the audience literally crying with laughter at every single scene. These slick, charismatic professionals are certainly one to watch. Buy your tickets now and see them this year, before they inevitably crack the big-time’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
‘…was howling with laughter…We can’t recommend this show enough; if you like your comedy high-energy, intelligent and silly, you’ll do well to pay them a visit’. Londonist.com
‘Instantly likeable and energetic…Highly inventive…don’t be surprised to see them on a digital channel near you soon’ The List
E4 – Idiots of Ants Sketch Show
BBC 1 – Comic Relief
BBC2 – The Culture Show
BBC 2 – BBC Bitesize
BBC Three – The Wall
E4 – Idiots of Ants Sketch Show
E4 – The Mainstage (pilot)
Radio 4 – Loose Ends
BBC Radio Scotland – The Fred Macaulay Show
NBC (US) – The Today show
CBS (US) – The Rachael Ray Show
STV (Scotland) – Day Break
Channel 10 (Australia) – Just for Laughs Gala