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 school boy 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, 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. He is frequently a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival, and he has been a Teller in Residence at International Storytelling Center three times; 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 also does occasional theatrical projects for Oxford College of Emory University where he was Artist in Residence, 1991-2007. (He is now an Artist-in-Just-Passing-Through).
Early in his career, Andy performed with the comedic troupe, SAK Theatre at Walt Disney World, 1984-1989. These days, he tours with the Kandinsky Trio. He tours with Bil Lepp and Kim Weitkamp as the “Uncalled for Tour.” He tours alone.
He does many different educational programs and camps for children, too, where he focuses on literacy, storytelling, music, and taking care of the environment … among other things.
Andy proudly holds a BA in Sociology from Georgia College &/or State University. They handed it to him in 1983.
Of course, he is also a member of the Uncalled For Trio, although we’ll try not to hold that against him, he is touring again in November and December 2013, along with equally uncalled for Kim Weitkamp and Bil Lepp. This was your seasonal warning.
This is Andy’s fourth frenetic appearance at the Brandywine Storytelling Festival.