Desiree Burch

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Desiree Burch is a comedian, writer, solo performer, actor and NY-to-London transplant. She has been seen on ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC), ‘Qi’ (BBC), ‘Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy’ (BBC), ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC), ‘The Fake News Show’ (Channel 4), ‘Officially Amazing’ (CBBC), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC), ‘The Mash Report’ (BBC2), ‘The Russel Howard Hour’ (Sky One) and ‘Before the Morning After’ (NBC/SeeSo).

She’s been heard as the voice of Pamela Winchell on #1 international hit podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’, as well as ‘The News Quiz’ (BBCR4), The Now Show (BBCR4), ‘It’s Not What You Know’ (BBCR4) and on podcasts like ‘The Guilty Feminist’, ‘Made of Human’, ‘Dumb White Guy’, ‘Friends Like Us’ and ‘Writing Excuses’.

Desiree was the 2015 Funny Women Stage Award-winner. Her solo show “Tar Baby” was the winner of a 2015 Scotsman’s Fringe First Award, a 2016 Vault Festival Pick-of-the-Week and was Shortlisted (High-Commendation) for the 2015 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Other solo shows (’52 Man Pickup’ & ‘This is Evolution’) have toured internationally and received widespread critical acclaim.

Her past town Edinburgh Shows ‘This is Evolution’ and ‘Unf*ckable’ have been sell out hits at the Fringe, with extra shows by popular demand, both transferred to the Soho Theatre. ‘Unf*ckable’ is returning to the Soho for a second run and will be touring the UK in 2018. Also in 2018 she has performed at The Royal Albert Hall and will appearing at various festivals over the summer, including Latitude.

Desiree was a founding member of the New York Neo-Futurists, writing and performing regularly in ‘Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind’ over its 13-year run in NYC. She and has worked with renowned American theatre artists as Young Jean Lee, Alex Timbers, Wu Tsang and Anna Deavere Smith. She is a recipient of the 2014 Franklin Furnace Fund, an arts educator and public speaker (TEDx, NerdCon: Stories) and holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Yale University.

Quotes:

‘The funniest comedian I have ever seen in person.  She left me breathless with laughter’– Scotsgay

“Desiree Burch is such a funny, frank, eloquent, entertaining and perceptive raconteur… positively poetic.” – The Scotsman

“A larger than life New Yorker… who brought the roof down” – The Independent

“Hilarious” – New York Daily News

“Desiree Burch has tremendous spunk and honesty” – San Francisco Bay Times

“Funny… kinetic showmanship” – The New York Times (Tar Baby)

“Smart, original, refreshing and maybe even necessary.”– The New Yorker (Tar Baby)

“Refreshing honesty and unbelievable energy” – The List (’52 Man Pickup’)

Credits:

 

Television

THE MASH REPORT US Correspondent BBC Chris Howe
QI Panelist BBC  Ian Lorimer
LIVE AT THE APOLLO Stand Up BBC
HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU Panelist BBC  Paul Wheeler
FRANKIE BOYLE’S NEW WORLD ORDER Guest BBC Barbara Wiltshire
THE RUSSELL HOWARD HOUR Stand Up Sky 1  Peter Orton
THE CHRIS RAMSEY’S STAND UP CENTRAL Stand Up Comedy Central
THE FAKE NEWS SHOW Panelist BBC Geraldine Dowd
ROMESH: TALKING TO COMEDIANS Guest BBC3  Francis Baker and Errol Ettienne
SKY SHORT:DESIREE BURCH’S VALENTINE Desiree Sky Arts Destiny Ekaragha
FRANKIE BOYLE’S AMERICAN AUTOPSY Guest BBC
8 OUT OF 10 CATS Panelist Channel 4
BEFORE THE MORNING AFTER Guest NBC/SeeSo
THEATRE
UNF*CKABLE Self Edinburgh Fringe Festival  Sarah Chew
DIRTY THIRTY Various Rosemary Branch The Cast
THIS IS EVOLUTION Self Edinburgh Fringe Festival  Sarah Chew
TAR BABY Self Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Isaac Byrne
TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND Self The New York Neo-Futurists
UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW Self Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company Young Jean Lee
52 MAN PICKUP Self Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Isaac Byrne
THE SOUP SHOW Self The New York Neo-Futurists Lauren Sharpe
RADIO
THE NOW SHOW Guest BBC Radio 4 Matt Sronge
THE NEWS QUIZ Panelist BBC Radio 4 Joe Nunnery
IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW Guest BBC Radio 4 Sam Michell

 

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