Rachel Parris

Rachel Parris

Musical comedian Rachel Parris was nominated for best music or variety act in the 2014 Chortle Awards.

She previously reached the finals of several competitions, including Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year and Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year in 2011 as well as being placed runner-up in the Funny Women Awards 2010 and the Musical Comedy Awards in 2012. She also appeared in the final episode of the IT Crowd.

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Rachel Parris writes her first book

Based on life tips she solicited from her audiences

Rachel Parris has written her first book – a collection of life tips based on advice she has solicited from her comedy audiences.

The result, entitled Advice From Strangers: Everything I Know From People I Don’t Know, is described as an ‘uplifting feminist manifesto’ and will be published in March.

She said: ‘When I asked hundreds of strangers to give me their best piece of life advice, I didn't expect the results to be so wise, so funny, or so outright weird, or that their advice would inspire me to write a book. But here it is!

‘I'm proud and excited to share this book, it is a real collaboration between me and my audiences. I hope you enjoy it’

Fans’ suggestions varied from ‘be kind’ to 'never pass up the opportunity for a wee’, which she then explored for the book, which covers topics as varied as tampons, Tories, #hashtags and staying hydrated.

It will be published by Hodder Studio on March 17 in hardback, e-book and audiobook.   

Publisher Myfanwy Moore, who bought the rights from Parris' agent Sophie Chapman, said the comedian 'has used advice from random strangers as a starting off point to explore contemporary society, social media and issues from the sublime to the ridiculous in a way that is funny, clever but also highly honest and moving',

The release coincides with Parris’s latest tour, All Change Please, in which the Mash Report star promises ‘stand-up and songs about sudden love, the highs and lows of relationships, family, weddings, kids, going viral and the baffling state of play in society’.

» Rachel Parris tour dates

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Published: 14 Dec 2021

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