For 2017, we are delighted to be able to announce that we have secured Shappi Khorsandi as our host for the Gala Dinner Presentation Evening on November 30.
The daughter of an exiled writer and comic from Iran, 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.
Shappi’s 2006 show, Asylum Speaker was an Edinburgh sell-out, followed by an extended run at The Soho Theatre. In 2007, Shappi won Best Breakthrough Act at the Chortle Awards. Shappi took her one women show Carry on Shappi to the 2008 Edinburgh Festival and then on to The Soho Theatre. Since then she has continued touring, with her 2016 show Oh My Country selling out venues across the UK.
Shappi has appeared on Have I Got News For You, 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.
She has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Radio 5 Live, and BBC’s Question Time. She has gigged internationally in the United States, the Middle East, Singapore, Australia and Amsterdam.
‘Don’t be fooled by her innocent looks, she packs a deceptively powerful punch’ – Evening Standard
‘Britain’s best young female comic by any yardstick’ – The Guardian
‘Asylum Speaker is both adorable and daring, a rare combination… Khorsandi has star quality’ – The Independent