Iranian-born comedian Shappi found herself being moved to the UK some 40-plus years ago, after her father - the poet and satirist Hadi Khorsandi - wrote a poem that was perceived as being critical of Iran’s revolutionary regime. “Obviously there's free speech in Iran,” says Shappi, “but little freedom after you've spoken.”
A regular contributor to radio and television programmes, with credits including Loose Ends, Just A Minute and Have I Got News For You, Shappi describes herself as a ‘spit and sawdust’ standup, happily pulling on her wellies and trudging through muddy fields to perform at any and every music festival that boasts a comedy tent. 
Away from the microphone, she’s the author of the bestselling A Beginners Guide To Acting English and coming-of-age novel Nina Is Not OK. She’s also paid her dues eating insects in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!. 
Shappi visits Birmingham this month with new show Skittish Warrior…Confessions Of A Club Comic.

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