Shappi Khorsandi

 

The daughter of an exiled writer and comic from Iran, Shappi's upbringing has been in no way conventional. From mental illness to opium dens, it's all gone on in the Khorsandi household and now she recounts it all the only way she knows how, with wit, warmth and hilarity.

Feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm.

In 2007, Shappi won Best Breakthrough Act at the Chortle Awards. That same year, she took her show Carry on Shappi to the Fringe when she was eight months pregnant, enticing at least one critic to plead 'go and see her before her waters break!'

Shappi has appeared on Have I Got News For You, on BBC1′s Lenny's Britain and BBC4′s Never Mind the Full Stops. She's a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 programmes such as Quote… UnquoteThe Now ShowJust a Minute, and also contributed to From Tehran With Laughter. Shappi has also taken part in BBC4′s The Big Read.

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 & LBC and also in The Guardian, The Independent, Metro and on BBC News website. She was also a panellist on BBC's Question Time. Shappi has presented a series for Open University and is a regular roving reporter for BBC South's Inside Out.

She has gigged internationally in the United States, the Middle East, Singapore, Australia and Amsterdam.

Comedy is a family business for the Khorsandi's. In Los Angeles, Shappi performed in a seven week sell-out run with her brother in a show called How to be Iranian as well as starring in her own one hour show. Other work in America included a month-long tour supporting her father in his extremely popular stand-up show.

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