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When Muddy met Shappi

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi discusses new tour, her tips on how NOT to be funny and why you should do things that scare you (hell yeah!)

Comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi is bringing her funny bones and a brand-new show Skittish Warrior – Confessions of a Club Comic to Hertford Theatre this month (and let’s face it we could all do with a laugh at the moment!). Expect a whistle-stop, gag-laden tour through her break into stand-up in the 90’s, getting into telly (she was a contestant on 2017 I’m a Celebrity) and then ‘letting it all slip away again.’ Muddy caught up with her for a giggle…

Can we just say you totally rock that suit of armour and can we have a cuddle of the guinea pig (or is it a rabbit)?

Thank you and IT’S A RABBIT!!!! He’s been so upset at being mistaken for a guinea pig.  He has nothing against them, he just thinks they are inferior.

Tell us about the new show.

If this was GCSE Media Studies and I was going ‘tabloid style’ it would be ‘a mega fun romp through the murky world of stand-up comedy with the confessional style of a woman with boundary issues’.

What brings out your inner Skittish Warrior?

I do anything that scares me.  You already know the things you find easy, where’s the fun in doing that?

Any tips for us on how to be fabulously amusing and witty in company?

Never mistake ‘drunk’ with ‘funny’. Such a common mistake people make as they bellow ‘MY MATES RECKON I SHOULD GIVE STAND UP A GO’ in my face.

Best April Fool’s joke you’ve ever pulled/had played on you?

My dad brought a pretty, 20 year-old French girl to my house one year and they pretended she was my half-sister. Yep.

We hear you’re scared of heights though you jumped out a plane for I’m a Celebrity. 

Jumping out of that plane still gives me nightmares.

Do word puns just come out the blue or do you spend hours in the bath coming up with them?

I wanted to call it ‘Skittish Bellend’ but in the achingly woke world we are in now, it was feared I’d be called a ‘sexist’ by, well, bellends.

Tell us a confession.

Come to the show and I’ll tell you then!

What’s the take home for Muddy readers?

Be more YOU.

See Shappi at The Hertford Theatre on Fri 28 Jun.

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