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Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi is a stand-up comedian, writer and Independent columnist. She is also the president of the British Humanist Association.
Shappi Khorsandi

‘The Big Night In’ made online comedy look effortless. It’s not

Even before the pandemic some stand-ups had become pros at internet entertainment – now the rest of us are stumbling around in the dark trying to learn an entirely new skill

After five days in lockdown, my kids are the ones parenting me

After a stress-related tantrum, my children knew, as all do, that when parents lose control like that, they have to look after us

Coronavirus has left me with an identity crisis

I have a joke in my routine: ‘Stand-up comedy is a compulsion: if a week goes by and I haven’t done a gig, I get very friendly at bus stops.’ Now who knows how long it will be until my next gig – and I can’t even hang out at bus stops  

Prince William is starting mental health conversations I badly needed

My generation didn’t talk about how we were feeling, and the result was grim. Prince William’s initiative should be applauded

Hearing from an ex doesn’t have to ruin your Christmas

I have, mostly, been out with kind and funny men so it’s lovely when my exes get in touch