• Appeared on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats & Channel 4’s Comedy Gala
• Starred on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2017
• Winner of the 2013 James Joyce Award
• Published her memoir A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English in 2009
• Patron of Humanists UK
Shappi Khorsandi is a renowned comedian, writer and political activist who is the Vice-President of Humanists UK. Throughout her career, she’s made appearances on some of the UK’s biggest shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! In 2017 she made the brave decision to publicly come out as bisexual and has gone on to become a truly captivating LGBT speaker detailing her experiences with sexuality.
At the height of her fame, Shappi was one of the country’s most sought-after comedians. Nominated for the ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ at the Chortle Awards in 2007 she toured the country performing at some of the UK’s biggest venues and was a regular at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Shappi’s brand of observational yet somewhat dark comedy became a huge success with the star often taking a biographical look at her life during her performances. In 2017 she entered the famous I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! jungle taking on all of its formidable challenges and reaching a whole new audience.
Born in Iran, Shappi and her family moved to London when she was young in order to escape the conflict after her father was targeted by the Islamic Revolution. After playing pubs and clubs in the UK as a comedian, in 1997 she made her radio debut on Joe Wilson’s Comedy Madhouse and went on to appear on a number of BBC Radio 4 programmes. Alongside her comedy, she also became a firm advocate for human rights working as the Vice-President of Humanists UK, a charity working on behalf of non-religious people for a fairer society. This includes equality for people of all sexualities and since coming out as bi-sexual Shappi can openly and honestly discuss her experiences at her speaking events.
When booked as an LGBT speaker, Shappi can candidly and eloquently discuss her experiences of sexuality with her insight able to support others. Passionate about diversity she also champions causes such as women in comedy and more LGBT+ representation in the industry. When booked for events, Shappi engages audiences of all backgrounds to leave a resounding impact, opening their eyes to the hardships faced by the LGBTQ+ community.