Chortle Comedy Book Festival Launch Gala

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With Shappi Khorsandi, Mae Martin, Jen Brister, Olaf Falafel and Dominic Frisby

A night of stand-up from five highly acclaimed comedians who have all written books.

Shappi Khorsandi has made numerous high-profile television appearances including Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You and her own Comedy Store Special for Comedy Central. In 2017, she took a hiatus from stand-up and appeared in ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! She has hosted three series on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of A Beginner's Guide to Acting English (2009) and her debut novel Nina Is Not OK (2016).

Mae Martin is an award-winning Canadian comedian and writer who has just finished filming her Netflix/E4 sitcom which she created, co-wrote with Joe Hampson and co-stars with Charlotte Ritchie and Lisa Kudrow. Her most recent stand-up show, Dope, was nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award and been turned in to a stand-up special for Netflix. Mae’s first non-fiction book, Can Everyone Please Calm Down?: A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality is available now.

Jen Brister is a critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer and actor. She is a regular performer on the UK and international comedy circuits. Credits include The Now Show and The News Quiz for BBC Radio 4, Live at the Comedy Store on Comedy Central and Live At The Apollo on BBC Two. Her first book, The Other Mother, a wickedly honest parenting tale for every kind of family, was released last September.

Olaf Falafel, who claims to be ‘Sweden's eighth funniest comedian’, is a surrealist stand-up and illustrator who  won the Dave  award for the funniest joke at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. His fourth children's book, It's One Giant Leek For Mankind, was published last year.

As a comedian, Dominic Frisby is resident MC at Londonʼs oldest comedy venue and regularly performs solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. He also writes books that are nothing to do with comedy – with his latest, Daylight Robbery, about the origins and future of taxation.

Image: Jen Brister photographed by Idil Sukan


Name: Chortle Comedy Book Festival Launch Gala
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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