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.

Read More

Shappi Khorsandi joins I'm A Celebrity

Comedian jets in to Australia

Shappi Khorsandi is taking part in this year’s I’m A Celebrity…

The comedian touched down in Brisbane today ahead of this year’s series of the ITV reality show. 

She will be leaving behind her two children, Genevieve. four, and Cassius, ten.

Khorsandi was previously approached to appear on the show, but cited the terror of being away from her children for too long as a reason for turning it down.

As she arrived at Brisbane airport, she played it coy with  reporters, saying: ' What jungle? I have been to the Melbourne Comedy Festival many times and I am pleased to be back.

But she added: 'I am all good with creepy crawlies and not scared of anything.'

And she explained: 'I am single so who knows. Maybe I will fall in love with a spider. My ideal man in there would be one who has snuck a mobile phone in.'

There may be some tension in the camp as Khorsandi has been critical of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, whose 77-year-old father Stanley is another of the contestants.

Nevertheless, she will be hoping to follow in the success of fellow comic Joel Dommett, whose career got a boost when he came runner-up last year.

Khorsandi, 44, is the daughter of the Iranian satirist Hadi Khorsandi, and the family fled Tehran when she was a child following the Islamic Revolution. 

She is president of the British Humanist Association and wrote her first novel, Nina is Not OK, last year, following her memoir A Beginner's Guide to Acting English the previous year. She has just announced her 2018 tour Mistress and Misfit.

The other contestants taking part this year are boxer Amir Khan, actors Jamie Lomas and Jenny McAlpine, singer Vanessa White, Made In Chelsea’s Georgina Toffolo, former footballer Dennis Wise, YouTube star Jack Maynard and footballer's wife Rebekah Vardy.

I’m A Celebrity will kick off at  9pm this Sunday, November 19, on ITV.

Read More

Published: 13 Nov 2017

Tasting funny

Comedians Katy Brand, Shappi Khorsandi and Adrian…
24/06/2013

Crackersback!

Sky is to revive its series of Little Crackers short…
28/07/2011

Skip to page

Comments

Agent

We do not currently hold contact details for Shappi Khorsandi's agent. If you are a comic or agent wanting your details to appear on Chortle, click here.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.