Cultural Life: Shappi Khorsandi, comedian
' I love The Soho Theatre in London'
Friday 16 September 2011
Comedy: I saw Jason John Whitehead's brilliant Edinburgh preview show 'Letters from Mindy' about his ex-girlfriend. It is really personal and incredibly funny. I've known Jason for years. We were finalists together in 2001 in Edinburgh and his show this year was just hilarious.
Television: I don't have too much time to watch much TV beyond CBeebies with my son. 'The Octonauts' is his favourite, 'Rastamouse' is mine. I like 'Miranda' and anything by Chris Lilley. I think 'Angry Boys' is amazing; it is much more than just funny and entertaining.
Films: I watched 'All About Eve' again recently on DVD. It has one of my favourite film quotes of all time: "Remind me to tell you about the time I looked into the heart of an artichoke." I adore that film.
Music: Elbow! I only recently became aware of them and I am already addicted. After leaving my husband, I couldn't listen to music at all because it messed up my emotions. I shut myself off for a while and now Elbow cheer me up so much. They make my emotions flow again.
Theatre: I love The Soho Theatre in London. I saw 'La Boheme' and, more recently, 'Realism' there. I go to the theatre a lot. 'Realism' was wonderful and absolutely touching.
Visual Arts: I went to see Tracey Emin's exhibition at London's Hayward Gallery a few months ago. I really connect with her self-expression. I'm never sure if that is a good or bad thing! She is almost childlike in the way she connects with herself and with the world. She's not similar to me at all, but I get her. I heard her talking about her devotion and uncompromising passion for what she does and I admired her very much.
Shappi Khorsandi tours the UK until 10 December (www.ent24.com)
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