Shappi Khorsandi: Because I'm Shappi...

Shappi Khorsandi is set to take Edinburgh by storm at this year’s Festival with her show, Because I’m Shappi. Sorely missed at the Festival last year, she is back with a bang. Effortlessly witty and cheeky as ever, Shappi graces the stage with a new set of anecdotal, sometimes rude and always hilarious ponderings.

Shappi is so successful with her audiences because she is so relatable. She speaks truths that the rest of us aren’t funny or brave enough to put into words.

Throughout she explores the differences between adult and childhood friendships, her interesting pregnancy cravings, eccentric family and the wonders of Twitter. She also talks about the struggles and triumphs of being a female stand up comedian, dipping in and out of anecdotes about her career, trolls, criticism and praise. She manages to be an endearing blend of both self deprecating and proud simultaneously.

I believe that Shappi is so successful with her audiences because she is so relatable. She speaks truths that the rest of us aren’t funny or brave enough to put into words. Her observations are uncanny; her delivery slick and her energy high. Shappi is immensely likable and always very open, not one to shy away from voicing her opinions. Her effervescent delivery is consistently high quality and there’s no fear of the front row when it comes to her – I was sitting in it. She has a very welcoming air and is a strong comedian without having to pick on anyone. The venue was full to the brim and I have no doubt that it will be more of the same for Shappi. You can tell a lot from the applause that a comedian is given and Shappi not only gets applause at the end of her show but heartily throughout.

As with so many comedians of such high calibre, unfortunately the hour feels too short. Shappi dashes off too soon, leaving her audience awestruck and pleasantly satisfied with a good evening’s laughter.

Reviews by Kayleigh Blair

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The Blurb

After being knocked up like a 1950s teenager, she missed the festival last year, but now she is back and it's forward march for Shappi. Reflecting on the good things, she celebrates her haphazard, zigzag towards her dreams. She introduces us to friends, family and total strangers who have helped her on her personal Yellow Brick Road. ‘She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency’ (Guardian). 'Makes live comedy thrilling' (Evening Standard).