Tony Hawks is a TV and radio comedian and bestselling author.
He is the author of the bestseller Round Ireland with a Fridge - the story of his absurd quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month... with a fridge. The book became a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller in 1998, was serialised on BBC Radio 4, and led to a six month TV advertising campaign for HARP Irish Lager. It has now sold over 500,000 copies worldwide including the US and Australia,and has been translated into several languages; Hebrew, Italian, Dutch and German.
His second book Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, published in trade paperback by Ebury Press has now sold well over 100,000 copies. The book was serialised on BBC R4 over Christmas. The story charts his latest foolhardy attempt to win a bet, which involved tracking down all the members of the national football team of Moldova and beating them at tennis one by one. Tony’s book was shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize (2000) for non-fiction writing and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (2000).
Tony has recently produced the film version of both books. RIWAF came out in autumn 2010 and PTMAT is due for release in spring 2012, co-directed by Mikolaj Jaroszewicz who was the cinematographer on the Oscar winning short film Peter and the Wolf.
He has appeared frequently on TV comedy programmes such as: Have I Got News For You, They Think It’s All Over, Paul Merton, A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Red Dwarf. He also hosted the BBC1 programme, The Best Show in the World Ever ... Probably.
Tony Hawks is a regular guest on radio programmes including The News Quiz, Would I Lie to You, Just a Minute, and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and recently he presented his own series on Radio 4, Tony Hawks’ Lost Weekends. He has twice been a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind, most recently in a special version for Children in Need in November 2010 and as a passionate tennis fan and the founder of Tennis4Free he appears on a lot of tennis programmes every summer. In 2000 he co-presented the live nightly BBC TV Wimbledon Garden Party.
Tony is a regular after dinner speaker at corporate events up and down the country and his warm, dry style and aptitude for ad-libbing makes him a popular choice as a host for award ceremonies. He has hosted The PPG Travel Awards with Joanna Lumley, The British Book Awards, The Property Awards, The Security Excellence Awards, The Houseware Awards, The Beauty Awards and The Packaging Awards, with many of the satisfied clients having taken the opportunity to make a return booking.
He also owns a small boat and one day hopes to finish renovating it.