Shaparak Khorsandi

Stand Up Comedienne & Author

Shappi Khorsandi performs brilliant stand-up comedy. She has appeared on many BBC Radio 4 programmes, including Quote... Unquote, and The News Quiz and hosted her own 4 part show. Shappi has also appeared on BBC Television's Have I Got News For You and Live At The Apollo. She has also written for online magazine

"Britain's best young female comic by any yardstick" The Guardian

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  • Stand Up Comedy
  • Entertainment
  • The Distracted Activist
  • Asylum Speaker
  • Awards


She presents in English.

How she presents

The feisty Shappi Khorsandi, whose stand-up persona fuses her Iranian identity with a typically British sense of humour is entertaining, current and very funny. With honeyed delivery and the kind of sweet effrontery that would charm a lamppost, she is a comedy bonbon.

Books & Media

  • A Beginner's Guide to Acting English

In Detail

Shappi Khorsandi was a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards 2000 and second place winner of the Hackney Empire New Act 2000. In 2007, she made her first trip to Australia and the Melbourne Comedy Festival with her show Asylum Speaker. She also appeared live on the Australia comedy talk show Rove. Later, she was nominated for best breakthrough act at the 2007 Chortle Awards. In 2009, she also made an appearance on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.


Shappi Khorsandi is the comedienne of the moment. Her spoonfuls of sugar make the substance of the show unusually palatable. Since she claims to have checked with The Guardian over what's PC and isn't, you can breathe easy and let those laughs out. A candid, flawlessly delivered and compelling narrative that actually takes you on a cerebral outing.


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