Comedians like to go down a bomb, but Shappi Khorsandi spent her childhood hoping her family wouldn’t go up in one...
The hilarious star of BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, Just a Minute and TV’s Have I Got News For You, is the daughter of a famous Iranian dissident exiled to London for poking fun at the regime of the Ayatollahs.
Shappi thought every family looked under the car before setting off for school – until she found out her dad was making sure there was nothing ticking away underneath, courtesy of those he had targeted for satire.
So it’s no surprise that Shappi, who is coming to Buxton Opera House on September 29, hasn’t got many taboos in her award-winning comedy.
Shappi’s upbringing has been in no way conventional. From mental illness to opium dens, it’s all gone on in the Khorsandi household and now she recounts it all the only way she knows how, with wit, warmth and hilarity – she’s the one who thought her mum and dad had sent her of to The Brownies because it was a club for Asian kids.
Feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm.
‘Britain’s best young female comic by any yardstick’ was The Guardian’s verdict of her 2008 Edinburgh Festival show.
Since then she has appeared on BBC1’s Lenny’s Britain and BBC4’s Never Mind the Full Stops. She’s a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 programmes such as Quote… Unquote, The Now Show, Just a Minute, and also contributed to From Tehran With Laughter. Shappi has also taken part in BBC4’s The Big Read.
Now the best-selling author is back on the road this autumn with her brand new show ‘Me and My Brother In Our Pants, Holding Hands’.
For tickets, contact Buxton Opera House on 0845 1272190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.