“Sometimes they were lovely people whose girlfriends put you in a clean pair of pyjamas, and sometimes they weren’t. In 2010, the university awarded her an honorary doctorate. She was also bulimic and ended up in recovery. She appeared as a guest in Genius hosted by Dave Gorman on 31 October 2010. will be touring nationwide after the festival. Physically, it started to take its toll on me. “It was absolutely terrifying. Today, Khorsandi, 43, admits her eponymous fictional heroine is not that far removed from her earlier self (“I was one of the Nineties ladettes in a binge-drinking culture”).  She also writes an occasional column for online magazine Iranian.com. He drove past. Stand-up is my own party. Iranians said 'jaan' or 'azizam'." There was this game, ‘Pull a pig’, where guys would place bets on who would pull the fat girl. and was placed 11th in the competition.. Her lack of self-confidence may have come from the fact she was overweight as a youngster growing up in West London, she reflects. I didn’t tell anyone other than my two friends who were there with me, until about four years ago. Khorsandi performs comedy, having been a noted performer at Joe Wilson's Comedy Madhouse throughout 1997. (British TV series) participants, Wikipedia articles needing factual verification from December 2017, Pages using infobox comedian with unknown parameters, Articles containing Persian-language text, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 October 2020, at 16:20. “When I was 19, I was thrown out of a nightclub in Eastleigh and it was a dramatic thing. To be comfortable with the whole flirting thing, the parties and the dancing, I couldn’t do without a drink. Comedienne born in Iran, but raised and based in the UK.  In November 2012, she announced on Twitter that she was expecting her second child, due in the summer of 2013. My book is the best way I have to explain it in a fictional way.”, Nina Is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi is published by Ebury, priced £12.99. During that show, she mentioned that she supports Labour. The book describes the way in which Khorsandi experienced England as a young girl. Design queste.com. My dad always filled our house with amazing, exciting guests. Witty and intelligent, Iranian-born UK-raised comedian Shappi Khorsandi will be a familiar face to many who’ve seen her on BBC’s Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You? If I have to cancel a dinner date I won't say, "I'm feeling a bit peaky." I was a ball of agony. She appeared on The Blame Game on BBC Northern Ireland hosted by Tim McGarry on 5 December 2014. Another time my dad was driving home and he saw a young woman at about half past two in the morning staggering down the street in a mini skirt. She was introduced to alcohol at around 13, she recalls, and later would use it as a prop for her shyness.  In March 2012, Khorsandi appeared on Channel 4's The Celebrity Bank Job and won £59,000 for her chosen charities.  Her second book and first novel, Nina is Not OK, was released in 2016.. 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, as well as BBC Television's Have I Got News For You and QI. In January 2016, she became president of the British Humanist Association. Today, if she has any addiction it’s probably running, which helped her out of her alcohol driven haze. 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The loneliness is indescribable, not being able to share the little joys of your child, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” She’s in a better place now, and has since had a daughter – Genevieve, three – though she and the biological father are not together. She says she doesn’t know if she had a drink problem, but admits she had a social problem and has an addictive personality. My instinct is to lie. © Phoenix Magazine UK. “He’s been with me since my daughter was one. , On 19 and 20 November 2014, Khorsandi was a guest panellist on Loose Women, filling in for Jamelia. Other themes include her experiences with English food and customs, the war between Iran and Iraq, and the hostilities that she and her family encounter—she notes, for example, having been referred to as a terrorist. I’m not saying any more, but I didn’t have any boundaries. “I cried for five years.  She later became a patron of Humanists UK, which appointed her as its President for a three-year term from January 2016, succeeding Jim Al-Khalili. I didn’t know what mealtimes were. Shappi Khorsandi: ‘‘Divorce shattered my world’’ 16th August 2016. “I’m a binge-eater. She does have a new partner though: Andrew, who works for a public speaking events agency. She is the daughter of the Iranian political satirist and poet Hadi Khorsandi. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, Nerdstock: Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People, Greatest Before They Were Stars TV Moments. Available now. “It was more about, ‘Oh, I’m really shy socially, I don’t feel valid in this situation, I feel out of my depth so I’m going to drink booze’.”. Part of avoiding relapse is not being in a position where I have to explain it. “When I was 22, my dad said, ‘When was the last time you had a day without booze?’ and I didn’t know. ", Khorsandi lives with her children in South-West London near Richmond Park. Khorsandi was also once ejected from a club, but is reluctant to go into details of what actually happened. We live together, but I’m not going to get married again. London Festival challenges mental health stigma.  She performed her show, The Distracted Activist, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 6 to 31 August 2009. “It absolutely shattered my world. 0. The daughter of Hadi Khorsandi, she was born in Iran and says her earliest memory is 'riding on a bicycle in Tehran, on my uncle's lap at dawn, to get chocolate milk'. , In November 2017, Khorsandi appeared as a contestant on the seventeenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Yet her debut novel, Nina Is Not OK, is much darker than her stand-up routines, exploring a 17-year-old girl’s descent into alcohol abuse, sordid sexual encounters, most of which she can remember little about, and a spell in rehab. I had a self-destruct button.”. , Khorsandi graduated from King Alfred's College, now the University of Winchester, in 1995, with a degree in Drama, Theatre and television, then moved on to pursue a career in comedy. “I didn’t plan to be a single parent,” she continues. “I remember starting on the comedy circuit and always ending up in somebody else’s house because I was too drunk to go home. This year will be seven years since we split up, which makes me realise the seven-year grief process is true. Serve up some champion dinners – Rio style. She and her family were forced to flee from Iran to London after the Islamic Revolution following the publication of a satirical poem her father composed which was seen as critical of the revolutionary regime. “My life was in disarray. However, I also knew that I didn’t want to do anything else.” Starting off at grimy pubs and clubs, she progressed to the Edinburgh Festival, starring alongside the likes of Russell Brand. , Khorsandi was married to fellow comedian Christian Reilly, with whom she has a son, Cassius. How much money is Shaparak Khorsandi worth at the age of 47 and what’s her real net worth now? Shaparak “Shappi” Khorsandi (Persian: شاپرک خرسندی, born 8 June 1973) is a British comedian and author of Iranian origin. Your email address will not be published. I was 31 when I went into a 12-steps recovery programme for eating, but it’s all inter-connected. , Khorsandi was a panellist on Question Time in 2006, and returned on 14 January 2010. I find it all deeply unromantic now.”. “Being a child that isn’t one of the cool kids, you get over it. I know what it feels like to have that horrible paranoia when you feel you’ve got to ring up the world and apologise for your behaviour without knowing what you did.”. In 2007, Khorsandi made her first trip to Australia and the Melbourne Comedy Festival with her show Asylum Speaker. Her family left Iran when she was a child following the Islamic Revolution.
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