Desiree Burch

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Desiree Burch is a comedian, writer, actor, theatre-maker and NY-to-London transplant. Desiree has  quickly and firmly established herself as one of the break out comic stars in the UK, she can currently be seen as US correspondent on ‘The Mash Report’ (BBC2) and will shortly be co-hosting new Netflix series, “Flinch”.

Desiree exploded onto the UK comedy scene, winning the 2015 Funny Women Award. Since then, she has appeared on, ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC), ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC), ‘Qi’ (BBC), ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘Mock The Week’ (BBC2),’Insert Name Here’ (BBC2), ‘Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2), and co-hosted ‘Officially Amazing’  (CBBC), amongst many more.

Desiree recorded her critically acclaimed, debut Edinburgh festival show, ‘This Is Evolution” as a TV special for, ‘Live From The BBC ‘(BBC3) and has recently recorded a 2nd stand up special for Comedy Central. Her recent Edinburgh hour, ‘Unfuckable’ was a sold out hit at The Edinburgh Fringe and went onto two fantastic, sold out runs at The Soho Theatre. She also travelled to Just For Laughs in Montreal and recorded a set for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network in 2018.

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 such as ‘The Guilty Feminist’, ‘The Adam Buxton Podcast’, ‘Made of Human’, ‘Dumb White Guy’, ‘Friends Like Us’ and ‘Writing Excuses’.

Her solo theatre 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. Desiree continues to direct, write and perform in The Dirty Thirty with The Degenerate Fox theatre ensemble.

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.

‘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

 

Credits:

 

Television

FLINCH Co-host Netflix Gerard Barry
COMEDY CENTRAL SPECIAL Stand Up Comedy Central  Colin Dench
CELEBRITY GAMES NIGHT Panellist C5 Roberta Warwick-Thompson
INSERT NAME HERE Panellist BBC 2 Rebecca Kidger
THE MASH REPORT US Correspondent BBC Chris Stott
ROAST BATTLE Roast Battler Comedy Central Tom Corrigan
LIVE FROM THE BBC Stand Up Special BBC 3 Lindsay Jex
QI Panellist BBC  Ian Lorimer
THE CHRIS RAMSEY SHOW Guest Comedy Central  Avalon
LIVE AT THE APOLLO Stand Up BBC  Anthony Caveney
HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU Panellist 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  Avalon
THE FAKE NEWS SHOW Panellist 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 Panellist 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 Panellist BBC Radio 4 Joe Nunnery
IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW Guest BBC Radio 4 Sam Michell

 

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