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Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi

Born in Tehran, Shappi Khorsandi was bought up in London after her family fled Iran following the Islamic Revolution as her satirist father, Hadi, criticised the Ayatollah.

She started comedy around 1997, and made her first appearance at Edinburgh in 2000 – as part of a triple-hander show with Russell Brand and Mark Felgate.

She made her solo debut in 2003, returning in 2006 and 2007 – the year she was nomianted for best breakthrough act at the Chortle Awards.

She has appeared on a number of Radio 4 programmes, including Quote... Unquote, Loose Ends, You and Yours, Midweek, Just A Minute, The Now Show and The News Quiz.

A book about her childhood experiences of growing up in London in the Seventies is due to be published in spring 2009.

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Shappi Khorsandi at Latitude

Shappi Khorsandi at Latitude

One peculiarity of playing a tent in the middle of the day is that the comedian can see the entire audience. Many of them mention it, but not quite to the same end as Shappi Khorsandi, who stopped herself short mid-routine when scanning the crowd she spotted, right at the back of the marquee, her own seven-year-old son, Cassius.

He’d apparently promised to go to ground in the children’s area so Mummy can tell her naughty stories - but he was caught out. His punishment? To come up on stage and tell a joke so he could see how hard Mum’s job was.

The youngster made a good job of it, too, with not a trace of nerves in front of such a huge audience. Since Shappi’s father, Hadi was a noted satirist in Iran, it looks like the humour dynasty will continue. And now Cassius is probably the youngest person to have got a Chortle review, with apologies to all those hard-working open spots still waiting for theirs…

Family is big part of Khorsdandi’s routine, including her nutty parent, scary cousins, and her own two children, especially how they impacted on her life. She’s a single mum, not quite how she saw things working out, and her rather chaotic way of balancing motherhood and a sex life - whether via dating or online – provide plenty of laughs from its honesty and its gossipy tone, even if she is the object of her own gossip. And if she was worried about whether some of this stuff was appropriate for Sunday afternoon, especially with her son in the room, that only added to the naughty feel.

She’s strong, too, on the differences between men and women – don’t groan, comedy snobs – as her theory about the genders’ responses to rejection, and her comments about stag nights compared to hen dos are as funny and keenly observed as her material on how her race always seems to be an issue. A strong penultimate set for the comedy arena .

Monday 20th Jul, '15
Steve Bennett

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