Adam Offord Buxton (born 7 June 1969) is an English comedian, writer and actor. He forms one half of the duo Adam and Joe, with filmmaker Joe Cornish. The pair presented Adam and Joe on BBC Radio 6 Music, whilst Buxton also presented his own show on 6 Music on Sundays, called Adam Buxton's Big Mix Tape. In 2012–2013 Buxton presented another radio show for BBC 6 Music, co-hosting with Edith Bowman.
When not presenting on radio and television or recording podcasts, Buxton hosts Bug, a humorous exploration of music videos through YouTube comments, which also had a televised version in 2012. He has also guested on various comedy panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Buxton's first television appearance was in an episode of Channel 4's Takeover TV as a man called "Louise" dressed as a Klingon, complaining about Star Trek: The Next Generation being taken off the air. In 1995, he hosted the show itself, and following this he and Joe Cornish, along with World of Wonder, created The Adam and Joe Show for the same channel. It ran for four series. In 1999, The Adam and Joe Book, a spin-off book written by Buxton and Cornish, was published.
Buxton co-wrote and acted in the Channel 4 mini-series The Last Chancers, broadcast in December 2004. In 2005 he moved from screen to stage, performing character-driven comedy at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, with a show entitled "I, Pavel", for which he grew a large beard. He continues to work as a stand-up comedian – appearing primarily at London venues – and still has a beard.
His work with Cornish has extended beyond their Channel 4 series, with the pair presenting radio shows on Xfm and later BBC Radio 6 Music. Expanded extracts from the Xfm radio shows have been released as podcasts, which were placed in the UK's top 10 most downloaded.
Buxton appeared as a future version of himself in the BBC Two comedy series Time Trumpet, which began a six-part series in August 2006. In 2007, he portrayed journalist Tim Messenger in Edgar Wright's action-comedy film Hot Fuzz. Buxton also appeared in the BBC Three comedy sketch show Rush Hour, which premiered on 19 March 2007. Buxton played many different characters throughout the show.
In November 2007, Buxton recorded the video for "Jigsaw Falling into Place" for British band Radiohead, which was the first single from their album In Rainbows. The concept of the video involved each member of the band wearing bicycle helmets with cameras attached, shooting video of the band members' faces.
Buxton at the Glastonbury Festival in 2009
In January 2010, he appeared in the BBC2 comedy The Persuasionists. He has taken part in a number of major films, including his aforementioned performance in Hot Fuzz, as well as appearing in the film Stardust, deputizing for Noel Fielding, who was ill at the time of production. He also featured in the film Son of Rambow as a teacher. He has released a number of popular videos on YouTube, and was commissioned to produce a pilot programme for the BBC based around work of this kind. This was broadcast as MeeBOX on BBC Three in June 2008, but a full series was not commissioned. He also guest starred in the 2011 film "The External World" by David O'Reilly.
In July 2012 Buxton appeared in a TV version of his popular tour "Bug" on Sky Atlantic, entitled "Adam Buxton's BUG"
Buxton narrated "Francis and Bunty", a short story used to front the 2009 "Best Writer in the Universe" short story competition, on The Story of Egmo podcast. He is also the narrator of some of the titles available on the Ladybird Classic Me Books iPad app, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Three Little Pigs. He has since narrated several other titles on the Me Books app such as The Great Explorer, The Brave Beast and The Lonely Beast by children's illustrator and author Chris Judge. He also appeared in the Doctor Who audio drama The One Doctor by Big Finish Productions, and has taken other comedy roles on productions for BBC Radio 4.
Buxton has made appearances on Have I Got News for You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, The IT Crowd, Don't Watch That, Watch This and Look Around You among others. He was also a panellist with Jonathan Ross for the Big Fat Quiz of the '80s. He appeared in the video game Lego City Undercover for Nintendo's Wii U.
In 2014 and 2015, Buxton guest starred in several episodes of the comedy gameshow mash-up 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
In 2015 Buxton became the voice of Messy for children's TV animation Messy Goes to Okido which aired on 7 September 2015 on CBeebies.
Since September 2015 Buxton has produced The Adam Buxton Podcast in which he talks to other people, usually comedians. The first series went out weekly in 2015 before a Christmas episode with Joe Cornish, in the style of their BBC Radio 6 show. Series 2 commenced in April 2016. Guests have included Louis Theroux, Jon Ronson, Caitlin Moran, Michael Palin and Joe Cornish.
Buxton was born in London, and spent some of his childhood in Wales. His father was Nigel Buxton, known as a travel writer and wine critic and later to appear on The Adam and Joe Show as "Baaad Dad". His mother is Chilean. Along with Joe Cornish and friend Louis Theroux, Buxton was educated at the independent Westminster School. According to an interview with The Guardian newspaper, he attended the University of Warwick for two terms, before dropping out to study sculpture at Cheltenham College of Art, now known as the University of Gloucestershire.
Buxton lives in Norwich with his wife, Sarah, and their three children.