Miriam Elia was nominated for a prestigious Sony radio award for her first ever show, A Series Of Psychotic Episodes, which was recorded for the digital channel BBC7 in February 2007.
The show was made after she won the BBC talent hunt Witty And Twisted, soon after becoming a stand-up. Elia also won Channel 4’s Gags To Go short film competition for newcomers with Cockface, about an alcoholic robotic rabbit that has a shuttlecock for a nose
She graduated with a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in 2006 after completing a BA in graphic design at Brighton University, and also works as a graphic designer.
Miriam Elia : Original Review
Note: This review is from 2008
Newbie Miriam Elia is hotly tipped as a talent to watch – and not without good reason, even if her formative gigs can be a hit-and-miss affair.
Even though many of her gags misfire, this young Jewish comic has an engagingly quirky streak, which occasionally bursts to the surface with a perfectly pitched line. There are some off-the-wall jokes here that any comic would love to have written, such as her ideas for London Transport’s Oyster cards or her brilliant take on authentic Fifties diners.
But at other times she hammers away at a thought even when it’s not producing many laughs, the prime example being her routine about being brought up by two artists, which ran out of steam almost as soon as it began.
However, there’s no doubt she’s brimming with off-the-wall ideas, which more experience will surely focus more consistently.
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