Former president and current vice-president of Humanists UK, Shappi Khorsandi is a satirist, comedian and advocate for human rights – as well as a popular event host. As a celebrity figure, Shappi is perfect for both political and cultural events, as well as charity fundraisers and after-dinner events. A self-identified humanist and open bisexual, her accepting nature and eloquent presenting style also make her a popular LGBT+ speaker.
In 1995, Shappi graduated from the University of Winchester, with a degree in Drama, Theatre and Television. After building her academic knowledge, she then moved to the comedy circuit. Shappi made a name for herself due to her blunt comedy style and political observations, and was later awarded an honorary degree from her university. In 1997, Shappi made her debut on Joe Wilson’s Comedy Madhouse, before featuring on Quote… Unquote, Midweek, The News Quiz and Have I Got News For You.
After establishing herself as a well-loved, talented comedian, Shappi was offered her own show on BBC Radio 4 in 2009, entitled Shappi Talk. During the four-part series, she discussed her experiences of being in a multi-cultural family, maintaining her signature dark comedic style throughout. Continuing this topic, she regularly writes for Iranian.com, an online magazine. In recognition of her dedication to comedy, Shappi was nominated for the Best Breakthrough Act at the 2007 Chortle Awards.
On top of being a celebrated comedian, she is also a talented published author – A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English. The self-biographical book follows the story of Shappi from Iran to London, exploring her experience of racism and cultural pride. Charismatic and honest, Shappi can discuss her experiences as an after-dinner speaker, shining a light on the casual racism still prevalent in society today. The speaker is equally eloquent as she is candid, making for an insightful presentation. Shappi is passionate about diversity, LGBT+ acceptance and women in comedy, making her an all-round celebrity figure available for events.
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Watch Shappi’s best bits from when she appeared on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!: