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Review: Shappi Khorsandi - Mistress And Misfit, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, May 14

PUBLISHED: 11:35 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:35 15 May 2018

Shappi Khorsandi talks about Nelson's mistress Emma Hamilton in her latest show. Photo:Matt Crockett

Shappi Khorsandi talks about Nelson's mistress Emma Hamilton in her latest show. Photo:Matt Crockett


Her sharp, wise crack humour had her audience in stitches with her one-woman show.

From family life as a single mum to her brief stardom in “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” and from her liaisons with Jeremy Corbyn to her descriptive time as being part of a threesome there was so much to laugh at from her near two-hour performance.

Shappi also delved into the murky life of England’s unsung heroine Emma Hamilton and her love life with Horatio Nelson linking her lifestyle with that of the hero’s lover.

She had plenty to say in her quirky style and said it with pointedness and potency.

Education, immigration and being upgraded as white while in hospital struck a nerve with her audience who she jokingly likened as Radio 4 listeners.

The star of “Live At The Apollo”, “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow”, “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross”, Have I Got News for You” and “Q.I”, Shappi’s show was just full of effortless humour as she handled every subject with her razor sharp wit and deliciously cheeky delivery with endless charm.

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Her sharp, wise crack humour had her audience in stitches with her one-woman show.

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