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Winner of the "Young Achiever Award 2005" at the 'Asian Women of Achievement Awards'
"One to watch on the comedy circuit" The Guardian
"One of London's brightest young comediennes" The Sunday Times
Ex-government spin doctor Ayesha Hazarika, has rapidly climbed the comedy ladder over the past 18 months, to astonishing effect. Much in demand both on the circuit, and as a radio guest, she can regularly be heard on LBC radio and BBC Radio Five Live. Typical Hazarika humour covers the 3 Rs - race, religion and relationships - just what you'd expect from an Indian Glaswegian living in London.
"uses juxtaposition of two cultures for some good laughs". Fringe Report
Since becoming a semi-finalist on Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny competition in 2003, she's been successfully gigging across the UK comedy circuit as both a stand-up and compere.
On radio Ayesha has appeared on Woman's Hour (BBC Radio 4), as a regular guest on the Sandi Toksvig Show (LBC), The Anita Anand Show (BBC Radio 5), the Worricker Programme (BBC Radio 5),The Jenny Eclair Show (LBC), and The Brian Hayes Show (Radio 5). In August 2005 she co-presented the Fred MacAulay Show for BBC Scotland. On television she was recently seen on Top TV Moments (Ch5), The Daily Politics Show (BBC2), Big Brother's Big Mouth (Ch4) & The 100 Greatest Cartoons (Ch4) and during 2005 she recorded a pilot with Piers Morgan for a new panel show on BBC 2.
Ayesha has recently joined the BBC Asian Network hit soap, 'Silver Street', playing the character Manisha . As of March 2006, she will also be taking the reins of a column in Asiana Magazine, previously written by Meera Syal.
In March 2004, Ayesha devised and performed in 'Funny Women Stand Up for International Women's Day' - a high profile event held at London's Café de Paris, and featuring leading comediennes Gina Yashere, Lucy Porter and Julia Morris. Ayesha returns to champion the International Womens' Day event once again in 2006, with yet another glamorous and talented line-up, and a new London venue - The Cafe Royal. Also during 2004, she formed the line up of a star-studded benefit gala in July promoting peace in the Middle East at the Comedy Store, performing alongside Rob Newman and former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister Tony Benn. In autumn 2005 she performed her stand-up at the Labour Party Conference alongside fellow comedian Geoff Whiting.
Ayesha was involved in two major shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2004, The Amused Moose Comedy's Hot Starlets, which showcased stars in the making, and Funny Women at the Fringe, a unique platform for female comedy where established comics perform alongside up and coming acts. The following year, August 2005 she appeared in her own show at the festival with fellow comedienne, Zoe Lyons in "Two Bird Go Into A Bar" at City Central@City Café. Whilst in Edinburgh she also performed at the BBC Stand Up Show and Funny Women at the Fringe. Ayesha will return to Edinburgh in 2006 as part of Funny Women at the Fringe.