Gina Yashere

Gina Yashere

Date of birth: 06-04-1974
Born in Bethnal Green, East London, to a Nigerian family, Gina Yashere turned to comedy after working as a lift engineer.

She made her Edinburgh debut in 1995, and in 2000 completed her first stand-up tour, and has been regularly on the road ever since.

Her first TV exposure was as a regular on the BBC Two comedy show Blouse and Skirt (originally called The A Force) in 1996. Other TV credits Live at Jongleurs, The Comedy Store, Jo Brand's Hot Potatoes and talking heads shows such as the I Love...series for BBC Two. In 2001, she briefly hosted a BBC Choice chat show, Up Late With Gina Yashere and she provided the voice of Keisha Marie in the Channel 4 animated series Bromwell High

In 2007, she took part in the NBC reality show Last Comic Standing, giving her a foothold in the US. In 2008, she became the first British comic to appear on the influential black stand-up show Def Comedy Jam.

She has also branched out into acting, appearing in the films Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr In-Between, as well as in the West End show The Vagina Monologues.

She was named best female at the Black Comedy Awards in 2002, and nominated as best female stand-up in the Chortle awards the same year.

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Gina Yashere to tape a Netflix special

Half-hour performance for The Standups series

Gina Yashere is to film a half-hour stand-up special for Netflix.

The British comic, now based in the States, will take her set in Los Angeles for the second series of The Standups.

She is one of six comedians taking part. The others are Rachel Feinstein, Kyle Kinane, Aparna Nancherla, Joe List and Brent Morin.

The  series is set to launch sometime next year and follows series 1 which was released in July.

Acts in that first batch were Nate Bargatze, Deon Cole, Fortune Feimster, Nikki Glaser, Dan Soder and Beth Stelling.

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Published: 30 Oct 2017

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