Exeposé Arts Issue 615, Page 30 (12 November 2013) and Exeposé Arts online (27 November 2013)
Sarah Millican’s stand-up success began in 2008, upon winning the If.Comedy Best Newcomer Award with her debut show Sarah’s Not Nice.
Millican has since appeared on numerous television shows, including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You?, and QI. Her stand-up achievements however remain prominent; as well as releasing the biggest-selling DVD of all time for a stand up comedienne with her debut, Chatterbox Live, Millican was crowned The People’s Choice: Queen of Comedy at the 2011 British Comedy Awards, has appeared on the Royal Variety Show, and performed to over 200,000 people in two sell-out national tours.
Iranian-born Shappi Khorsandi pursued a career in comedy after graduating from King Alfred’s College in 1995 with a degree in Drama, Theatre and Television. A successful stand-up career ensued, from her sell-out 2006 show Asylum Speaker, to achieving Best Breakthrough Act at the 2007 Chortle Award, and performing Carry On Shappi at the Fringe. Gaining international repute from shows in the United States, Middle East, Australia and Amsterdam, Khorsandi is also a prominent figure on television and radio, contributing regularly to BBC Radio 4’s Quote… Unquote and appearing on programmes such as QI and Live at the Apollo.
Alongside a successful career in stand-up comedy, Canadian-born Katherine Ryan has won acclaim for her work as a writer and actress, appearing on Channel 4’s Campus, as well as BBC2 sitcom Episodes. Despite being a relative newcomer in stand-up comedy, Ryan’s stand-up achievements include the Nivea Funny Women award, and her position as a runner-up in the 2008 Amused Moose Laugh-Off competition. Her career as a television comedienne has seen her appearing on Mock the Week, QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats among others, and Ryan appeared on the 2013 Let’s Dance for Comic Relief.
Jo Brand‘s transition from psychiatric nurse to BAFTA-winning comedienne began with a series of gigs in London’s alternative comedy clubs and appearances on Saturday Live. Becoming a regular panellist on the BBC’s The Brain Drain in 1993, she then launched the Channel 4 series Jo Brand Through the Cakehole, collaborating with writer Jim Miller. Brand’s television career continues to thrive, with regular appearances on panel shows QI and Have I Got News For You, alongside numerous BBC Comic Relief appeals. Brand’s role in the BBC Four sitcom Getting On won her the 2011 Best TV Comedy Actress BAFTA award.