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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Stand-ups unite on new musical comedy

Based on an Aristophanes classic

Jenny Eclair, Shappi Khorsandi and Natalie Haynes are to write a new musical comedy together.

Women In Power is based on Aristophanes’ classic The Assemblywomen. Written in 391BC, the original suggests what was, at the time, the outlandish satirical premise that the women of Athens could assume control of the government.

The new interpretation is a collaborative writing effort that also includes poet Wendy Cope, screenwriter and playwright Suhayla El-Bushra and writer Brona C Titley.

Haynes is a classical scholar and has presented a comedy series take on the Greeks and Romans for Radio 4. 

It will be directed by Blanche McIntyre and run from September 6 to 29 at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

The venue’s latest season also includes a reworking of the story of Medusa to be performed by comic Elf Lyons, below, playing from October  11 to 13.

Medusa

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Published: 7 Jun 2018

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