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Ria Lina

Lina is a musical comic with a brilliant line in bawdy songs… storming set!” – Evening Standard

Winner of the EMMA Award for Best Comedienne 2003, Ria Lina makes an impact with her dry wit and bawdy ukulele songs.  Having been a regular in stand-up comedy for the past 10 years both in the UK and abroad, she returns to the circuit after a short family break.

Recent projects include writing for the Ladyboys of Bangkok 2010 “Fantasy & Feathers” tour, and writing/acting for a comedy sketch show for ITV2 (Meet the Blogs). In the past, Ria has written and presented her own documentary for Channel 4 revealing the truth behind the myths that surround oriental women in Britain; other projects include the comedy series, Malai Monologues, for BBC 3; The World Stands Up, for Comedy Central (USA), the Paramount Comedy Channel (UK), and the Comedy Network Channel (AUS); and Sweet n’ Sour Comedy Sketch Show for BBC3.

Ria Lina trained as an actress, singer and dancer before deciding to try her hand at stand-up comedy. Away from the stage, Ria spent as much time as she possibly could at university, avoiding real life. In that time she managed to acquire a BSc in Experimental Pathology, an MSc in Forensic Science, and a PhD in Viral Bioinformatics. Having abandoned a career as a Digital Forensic Investigator at the Serious Fraud Office citing ‘autistic differences’ in her resignation letter (spellcheck’s a bugger), she now spends her spare time at home with her husband and 4 children, cleaning the oven.


“…electrified the audience with her relaxed yet biting wit.” - Three Weeks

“…the audience found themselves gasping one minute and laughing uncontrollably the next. If there’s a prize for stinging comic delivery then Lina would take gold every time.” –

Comic Sensation” – Erotic Review

She’s like a Filipina Sarah Silverman” – Dusty Limits

I have no doubt she will hold her own so easily that she’ll have a hand free to hold someone else’s too.” – The Guardian

slickly done – there’s no denying that the girl’s got talent” – Chortle, the UK Comedy Guide

PRICE BAND: Bronze £500 to £2,500

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