Feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny, Iranian-born British comedian Shappi Khorsandi cuts through any potential audience assumptions with her razor sharp wit, creating a myriad of mirth by opening up a diverse range of subjects, all discussed and delivered with dizzy but deliciously endless charm. But as an Evening Standard journalist once said, "don't be fooled by her innocent looks, she packs a deceptively powerful punch."
The daughter of an exiled writer and comic from Iran, Shappi's upbringing was hardly conventional. From mental illness to opium dens, Shappi speaks with candid humour and frank funniness concerning all that has gone on in the Khorsandi household, recounting these tales as only she knows how, with wit, warmth and hilarity.
In 2007, Shappi won Best Breakthrough Act at the Chortle Awards. That same year, she took her show Carry On Shappi to the Edinburgh Fringe. She was back at the Fringe the following year, before taking Carry On Shappi to the Soho Theatre in London. Shappi has also gigged internationally - in the USA, the Middle East, Singapore, Australia and Amsterdam, amongst other places. Her memoir, A Beginner's Guide to Acting English, was published by Ebury Press in 2009. That year she also performed her show, The Distracted Activist, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Shappi is a sought-after cultural commentator, appearing on ITV's Sunday Edition, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service and LBC Radio, and also in The Guardian, The Independent, Metro and on the BBC News website. She has also been a panellist on BBC's Question Time, and has presented a series for Open University, as well as being a regular roving reporter for BBC South's Inside Out.
Other TV appearances include Have I Got News for You (BBC2 and BBC1), Lenny's Britain (BBC1), QI (BBC2), Loose Women (ITV), The Blame Game (BBC Northern Ireland), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel Four), Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC1) and BBC4's Never Mind the Full Stops. She's also a regular contributor on radio panel shows, including Quote...Unquote, The Now Show, and Just a Minute (all BBC Radio 4).
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