Addison Cresswell, British Comedy Agent, Dies Aged 53 -
Addison Cresswell

Addison Cresswell

Addison Cresswell, British Comedy Agent, Dies Aged 53

by Paul Cashmere on December 24, 2013

in News,Noise Pro

Addison Cresswell, one of Britain’s most respected comedy agents, has died suddenly at the age of 53.

Cresswell passed away in his sleep on Sunday night. He died of a suspected heart attack but no further details or confirmation has been released at this stage.

Addison Cresswell was one of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in British comedy. He built an empire on British comedy with names like Jonathon Ross, Michael McIntyre, Jo Brand and Alan Carr just some of the people who went on to become international stars under Cresswell’s guidance.

Australia’s Adam Hills was represented by Cresswell. “Devastated by the loss of my manager, friend and champion Addison Cresswell. He can never be replaced. Love you loads. Ad x,” he tweeted.

Addison Cresswell founded the management agency Off The Kerb Productions and expanded the business to include programming arm Open Mic Productions and television production house Little Mo Films.

Tributes have poured in for Cresswell.

Jimeoin said, “Just heard about Addison Cresswell dying. That is real sad news. Had allot of laughs with him over the years.”

Stephen Fry tweeted, “Oh goodness, I’ve just heard about Addison Cresswell a larger than life impresario manager. My deepest sympathy to all his family & friends.”

Amanda Holden wrote, “Am utterly shocked and bereft to hear about Addison Cresswell . A pioneer in British Comedy”.

Cresswell leaves behind wife Bonnie.

A statement at Off The Kerb Productions reads

Agent, producer and charity fundraiser Addison Cresswell passed away in his sleep at home last night at the age of 53.

Widely considered to be one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry, his clients included Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jonathan Ross, Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre, Dara O Briain, Jo Brand and Sean Lock.
He leaves behind a proud legacy in his tireless charity work, initiating and organizing the annual Channel 4 Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. It was his dearest wish to raise enough to fund the opening of a brand new wing of the hospital, a goal that is now in sight.

Addison will be fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched as a devoted mentor, a dear friend and an unforgettable character. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Shelley, his dogs Bonnie and Nessie and many, many pet fish.

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