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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Jenny Eclair and Shappi Khorsandi to write feminist books

For a new young adults collection

Shappi Khorsandi and Jenny Eclair are to write books for a new feminist publishing collection aimed at young adults.

The Bellatrix publishing strand from Hachette Children's Group launched in July with Kit de Waal’s Becoming Dinah, a response to the classic Moby Dick which ‘tore the power away from obsessive Captain Ahab and giving it to a teenage girl’.

New books from Khorsandi,  Eclair and journalist Bryony Gordon will be added to the collection in the next two years – although further details have not been revealed.

Helen Thomas, editor at large at Hachette Children’s Group, told trade website The Bookseller: ‘We are delighted to be adding three more stellar female voices to the roster of writers contributing to this collection – especially when their ideas are so out of this world. Watch this space for title reveals.'

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Published: 29 Nov 2019

It's a Mockery! | Mock The Week comics 'are given pre-written jokes' – claims former panellist Shappi Khorsandi

It's a Mockery!

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