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Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10. What you don’t know is that Gina Yashere’s sellout live appearances are legendary. Her bombastic delivery, infectious personality and cheeky observations have wowed audiences not just in the UK but also in America, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and all over Europe. She was also named one of the top ten rising comedy talents from around the world by The Hollywood Reporter.
Gina hails from London via Nigeria and shoots from the hip. Her unique take on being both a cultural insider and outsider never fails to raise the roof. Following an early career as a Lift Engineer, Yashere made her comedy debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995. The show sold out almost immediately and overnight both audiences and critics were smitten.
Since those early heady days, Gina has continued to take the comedy world by storm and is now one of the most highly sought after comics in the UK and the US, making numerous appearances on TV, radio, and the big screen. Her TV appearances have included, her own one-hour comedy special Skinny B*tch that aired on SHOWTIME, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show (NBC), The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Chelsea Lately (E!), Live at Gotham (Comedy Central), Def Comedy Jam (HBO), Comics Unleashed, The Mobo Awards (UK Host), The Lenny Henry Show (UK), and The Celebrity Fame Academy (UK). Radio shows have ranged from her own BBC Radio London show to the critically acclaimed radio sketch show, The Powder Room. Feature films have included Kiss Kiss and Mr. In Between. She has appeared on the West-End stage in The Vagina Monologues. And if that were not enough, she has even managed to find the time to write several plays for BBC Radio 4 and sketches for Richard Blackwood’s Channel 4 series (UK). In fact it’s a wonder she found the time to pick up her 3rd award in a row for “Best Female” at the recent Black Comedy Awards (UK). She has also performed numerous times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto, and at HBO and TBS’s The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.
Gina is a series regular on the ITV (UK) series entitled Married, Single, Other.