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Pippa Evans

The finest female character comic around” – Time Out

In 2008, Pippa Evans enjoyed an incredibly successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival where her debut solo show, Pippa Evans and Other Lonely People, was nominated for the if.comedy Best Newcomer Award. The show, in which Pippa played a number of different characters who form a self-help group offering their stories and opinions on loneliness, was a hit with audiences and critics alike, with The Scotsman praising her “searing talent as a comic writer, actor and versatile singer” and The Independent citing Pippa as “probably one of the most talented performers at Edinburgh this year.”

Pippa returned to Edinburgh in 2009 with Pippa Evans: Your Evening’s Entertainment! and in 2010 with Loretta Main: I’m Not Drunk I Just Need To Talk To You in which she unleashed her alter-ego Loretta Maine, a sexy and psychotic American country and western singer-songwriter for a full show of her own. Backed by her band and with an arsenal of hilarious yet catchy songs, audiences were once again captivated by Pippa’s perfectly realised character comedy. 2012 sees Pippa bringing her 4th solo show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as Loretta Maine once again, this time with the show Loretta Maine: Bipolar.

On top of her live work Pippa is becoming increasingly sought after as a TV and radio performer. In early 2011 she appeared as one of the regular cast members on BBC2’s comedy impro series Fast and Loose. She has also recently featured in C4’s Morgana Show and on BBC1’s The Slammer. Pippa has recorded two series of BBC Radio 4Xtra’s topical sketch show Newsjack and, as part of the Showstopper ensemble, she has appeared in the six-part Radio 4 series Showstopper! In addition, Pippa has recorded for The Now Show, Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash, Les Kelly’s Heroes, Bigipedia and Newfangle – all for Radio 4.

In 2006, Pippa was selected to perform as part of the Comedy Reserve produced by the Pleasance Theatre at the Fringe Festival and has since performed both as herself and in character across the country. As a solo performer, Pippa has garnered a number of award nods, securing finalist positions at the Funny Women Awards and the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year. In addition, Pippa has become something of a veteran of the improvisation scene, regularly performing with established groups both on the circuit and at the Fringe.

She regularly guests with Grand Theft Impro and she is a core member of Scratch, the improvisation team behind the smash-hit Fringe favourite The Reduced Edinburgh Impro Show. In 2008, she performed across the UK with the hit impro show

Totally Looped, with a cast of top comedians. She also performs regular London dates in the award winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which enjoyed a critically acclaimed 2009 Edinburgh run and is currently touring the UK


Murderously funny” – Evening Standard

Fabulously talented…Her brilliantly realized comedy shows maturity well beyond her years..Her psychotic yet sexy American singer is a thing of hysterical beauty.” – Time Out

Beautifully bitter lyrics..Truly impressive one-liners…inspired, quotable pearls of wisdom…Fine comic writing underpins her flawless, perfectly timed performance…She’s a relative newcomer, but has certainly got the talent for a sustained and stellar career in comedy.” – Chortle

Like Dolly Parton seen through the lens of Mike Leigh….she performs brilliantly observed songs about love, loss and violent revenge.” – Guardian


• Fast and Loose (BBC2, 2011)

• The Morgana Show (C4, 2010)

• The Slammer (BBC1, 2010)

• The Wrong Door (BBC3, 2008)


Newsjack (R4Xtra, 2011-12)

The Now Show (BBC R4, 2011-12)

Les Kelly’s Heroes (R4, 2011)

Showstopper! (R4, 2011)

Bigipedia (R4, 2009)

Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash (R4, 2009)

Newfangle (R4, 2009)

4 Stands Up (R4, 2009)


Nominee: Chortle Awards: Sketch Variety or Character Act 2009

Nominee: Chortle Awards: Best Newcomer 2009

Nominee: if.comedy: Best Newcomer 2008

Winner: Funny Women Fringe Awards: Best Newcomer 2008

Runner-Up: Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2008

Finalist: Nivea Funny Women Awards, 2008

As Part of Showstopper! Ensemble:

Winner: Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe Award 2009

Nominee: MTM Awards: Best Production 2009

Nominee: MTM Awards: Judges’ Discretionary Award 2009

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