Phil Whelans is a comedy writer, actor, improviser and director. He is currently starring in his Radio 4 sitcom, My First Planet, which he also wrote. His sketch group, Pros from Dover, were resident sketch group for two series of The Infinite Monkey Cage and one episode of 28 Acts in 28 Minutes (both Radio 4.) He’s written and performed with an unsettlingly broad spectrum of people on TV and Radio, from Chris Morris to Basil Brush via Joan Rivers, Kevin Eldon and Brian Conley. He’s written topical mirth for the 11 O’Clock Show, The Big Breakfast and The Now Show, script edited BBC sketch show Velvet Soup and Radio 2’s Jason Byrne Show. He wrote the animation scripts for KNTV (“Channel 4 at its best” The Guardian) and co-wrote a whole show for Spitting Image. He’s done impro all over the world and accidentally saved the planet when he wrote the script for Al Gore’s Live Earth show at Wembley Stadium. He directed Phil Nichol’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, The Naked Racist and he plays bass in punk covers band Beergut 100 with Kevin Eldon and Bill Bailey.