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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|