Following a sell-out run of her one women show 'Asylum Speaker' at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival and an extended run at The Soho Theatre London, Shappi had arrived in comedy! Despite the basis for the show being her experiences as a child refugee fleeing Iran and terrorists attempting to murder her father, Shappi’s sensitive yet witty exploration of these events created an instant comedy smash hit.
This show also lead to the publication of her childhood memoirs, “A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English“, her best-selling literary debut, described by the Scotsman as ‘filled with laughter, wonder and compassion’. Emma Thompson said “This very funny, acute book also made me cry”.
Shappi went on to publish her first novel, Nina Is Not Ok, which was described by the Telegraph as ‘moving, funny and shocking’ and received tremendous acclaim from critics and readers alike. She has also done features for several national publications and has a regular, weekly column in the Independent.
Shappi is a sought after cultural commentator too, appearing on ITV's Sunday Edition, Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service & LBC and also in The Guardian, The Independent, Metro and on BBC News website. Shappi has presented a series for Open University and has been a regular roving reporter for BBC South's 'Inside Out'. as well as taking part in BBC4's 'The Big Read'
Not just a well known comedy personality in the UK, she has gigged internationally in the States, the Middle East, Singapore and Amsterdam.
Feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm.
As a keynote speaker and awards host, Shappi can deftly handle the most serious subjects with a sprinkling of humour – a skill perfected in her early stand-up shows. Drawing on her past experiences as a female comic breaking into a male-dominated industry, Shappi is an extremely popular speaker on topics surrounding diversity and inclusion and mental health.
Her stand up comedy roots ensure that whether speaking virtually or in-person, she never fails to connect with an audience.