Shappi Khorsandi has frequently spoken up on diversity issues in the media, from her own weekly column in the independent to being a regular panellist on BBC Question Time. As a comedian she is a champion of nurturing diverse talent and has been outspoken about non-white artists being treated as anomalies.
Shappi Khorsandi established herself as one of the country’s finest comedians in 2006 with her sell out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker. This show lead to the publication of her childhood memoirs, “A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English“, her best-selling literary debut.
In typical Shappi style, this show told the story of how her family were forced to flee Iran and gain asylum in the UK. Her father’s popularity as a satirist attacking the regime has ensured they cannot return to Iran. As Shappi says, “obviously there’s free speech in Iran, but little freedom after you’ve spoken.”
Shappi’s career has taken her to all corners of the globe, she has appeared on countless TV & Radio shows including; Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, QI, Just a Minute & other flagship radio 4 programmes.
She is proud of being a “spit & sawdust” standup & one of her favourite things is pulling on her wellies, trudging through muddy fields, and performing at every music festival which has a comedy tent – from Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party.
She has received an honorary doctorate from Winchester University for her contribution to the arts and recently received the prestigious James Joyce award from Dublin University.
Shappi has taken part in the iconic television & live show for Amnesty Internation, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, as well as several series of Live At The Apollo & Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
Her screenwriting debut was in the form of Sky’s Little Crackers & she has recently been commissioned to write a drama script for BBC Television.