Andy Offutt Irwin

andy-offutt-irwinFeatured Teller:
Culpeper Tells 2016

Some people have inner-kids. Andy Offutt Irwin has an outer-kid. With a manic Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and hilarious stories, he is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. People are drawn to him like magnets to a refrigerator. And inside, it’s all Mountain Dew and Jolt Cola.

A native of Covington, GA, Andy is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler, walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects, and so much more; some of his talents are hard to categorize.

In storytelling circles, he is especially known for relating the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician-aunt, Dr. Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who avoids curmudgeonship by keeping her finger on the pulse of… well herself, but also the changing world around her. She steps lively through it, loving as many people as she can.

As a result, many people love Andy. Irwin was awarded the 2013 National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, and all six of his storytelling CDs have won Storytelling Word Awards. He has appeared numerous times at the National Storytelling Festival, and a favorite annually as a Teller in Residence at International Storytelling Center; he has been a Guest Artist at La Guardia High School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts in New York (The “FAME!” School); and he has been a Keynote Speaker/Performer at the Library of Congress-Virburnum Foundation Conference on Family Literacy.

“Andy’s animated performances delight and entertain in the best sense of the word, surpassing any zany teller you’ve heard before..” —The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Learn more at andyirwin.com

 

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