Armando’s vast experience in the corporate arena includes hosting conferences for Microsoft and BT, speaking for Samaritans, Royal TV Society, Deutsche Bank, Energis, The Treasury, the staff of the House of Commons, Scottish Business groups and MI5! He has also presented Awards for Advertising Industry, PPA Magazine Subscription, ACE Press Awards, Hedge Fund of Funds, Incentive Travel and Meetings Industry, Security Excellence Awards, and Building Communities Awards.
Armando’s spoof news show The Day Today (with Chris Morris) led to him winning the unique Special Jury British Comedy Award, in recognition of his distinctive contribution to radio and television comedy. His famous British comedy television series, The Thick Of It was bestowed with three awards at the 2010 BAFTAs, including the award for Situation Comedy.
Armando’s feature film In the Loop premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Utah in 2009. Directed by Armando, co-written with Jesse Armstrong and starring Peter Capaldi and James Gadolfini it is a fast-paced film about Britain and America’s special relationship in the lead-up to a war no one seems to be able to stop. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 82nd Academy Awards, March 2010.
As well as the obvious comedy themes that he can consider for an audience, Armando also enjoys giving speeches that can, while staying light, take on more serious subjects. In the past, he has spoken about Europe, classical music, therapy, the arts and the future of Television, to name but a few. He has delivered the Alternative McTaggart Lecture at the 2008 Edinburgh TV Festival, and he was Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University, delivering a series of lectures on Television comedy and New Media. He delivered the Tate Britain Lecture for 2006 and The Philharmonia Society Lecture of 2007.
Armando also shows a great interest in science and astronomy, IT, computers, internet, and new media. He can speak fluently on all of these subjects – perfect for any after-dinner speech!
Armando has previously hosted a radio discussion show, and can chair corporate discussions and debates. He would also make the perfect one-to-one interviewer of significant figures in the corporate world. He can adapt his style and tone as appropriate, to suit almost any event. He often appears on straight political shows like The Daily Politics, This Week, and Question Time. In addition he has been a Guest Director of The Cheltenham Literary Festival, and was Chair of the Judges for the 2006 Costa Book Award.