Shaparak Khorsandi

Shaparak Khorsandi

Shaparak Khorsandi (Nick name: Shappi) is an Iranian-born, UK-raised comedian. She was born in Tehran, but early in her life her family was forced to flee Iran for London after her father (Hadi Khorsandi) criticized the Ayatollah in a satirical poem.

Khorsandi performs stand-up comedy, having been a noted performer at Joe Wilson's Comedy Madhouse in 1997. She has appeared on many BBC Radio 4 programmes, including Quote... Unquote, Loose Ends, You and Yours, Midweek, Just A Minute, The Now Show and The News Quiz. She also writes an occasional column for online magazine Iranian.com.

In 2007, she made her first trip to Australia and the Melbourne Comedy Festival with her show "Asylum Speaker". She also appeared live on the Australia comedy talk show Rove in 2007. She is married to fellow comedian Christian Reilly.

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