“Andy took me on a journey unlike any other, full of heart and gut busting humor all wrapped in a hauntingly, beautiful story. When it comes to originality Andy is a piece of the American storytelling puzzle that is not shaped like any other…”
— Kevin Kling, storyteller
With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world), one-person-showman Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer.
One of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is a perennial favorite of the Teller-in-Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN, and he has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival nine times (as of 2017).
Along with being a vagabond storyteller, Andy works as an arts educator, keynote speaker, theatre director, songwriter, comedian, newspaper columnist, camp counselor, and Shakespearian actor.
For grown-ups: Andy’s character-filled shows and storytelling performances center around the adventures of his 85-year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician-aunt, Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who is keeping her finger on the pulse of the changing world around her as she seeks to grow – even at her advanced age – in these United States and the New South. Every show includes original songs, and of course, whistling. Please note, Andy’s grown-up shows are family friendly.
For kids: An award-winning children’s performer, Andy has disrupted the day in hundreds of schools and libraries from Port Angeles, WA to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands… from Los Angeles to New England. Andy lives in the town where he grew up – the same town where his mama grew up, the same town where his mama’s mama grew up, the same town where his mama’s mama’s mama grew up, the same town where his mama’s mama’s mama’s mama grew up-Covington, GA.