I started writing and performing at home and at school when I was very young. My first memory of making someone laugh was doing an impression of Margaret Thatcher for one of my Dad's work colleagues - I didn't know who Margaret Thatcher was, but I knew she had a silly voice and that was enough for me (and some may argue, enough for Meryl Streep...). I sang and took dancing classes, taking part in concerts at school and in local theatres. I also won several awards for creative writing.
I got a place at Oxford University to study Theology, and there I joined OUDS and the Oxford Revue, writing and performing comedy, musicals and straight plays. After graduating, I worked in TV production for around five years, running, researching and APing on many different shows. I decided in 2004 to get back into performing and wrote myself a comedy monologue. I booked myself a few open spots in pubs in London and got the chance to join a group of sketch comedians to write and perform a weekly live sketch show at the Ealing Film Studios, imaginatively called Ealing Live!
In 2005 I took my own show to the Edinburgh Festival called 'Celebrities Are Gods' - a mad selection of original character creations, and celebrity 'impressions' (or approximations, as I prefer to call them). This led to a commission from Channel 4 to make a Comedy Lab called Slap, which was later commissioned by ITV. This became Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, which ran for three series and won two awards, including Best Newcomer at the 2008 British Comedy Awards.
Following this, I was cast in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, as well as many other films and TV series. On Nanny McPhee I met Emma Thompson, who commissioned me to write a film script. This film is now being produced by Ridley Scott's company, Scott Free. I am also working on a sit-com for Baby Cow, and have signed a deal with Unbound to write a novel.
Hi there, thanks for visiting. I am an award-winning comedian, writer and actor, known for Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, which ran on British TV for three series. I have appeared in films, TV shows, radio programmes and live on stage. I have also written for other people's shows and for magazines and newspapers.
My novel, Brenda Monk is Funny, is available from Unbound, Amazon and both good and bad bookshops.
I will be appearing at the Edinburgh Festival this year with my show, Katy Brand: I Was a Teenage Christian.
So...maybe see you around...?
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