Woodford Green, London
"I had to wait a couple of seconds to make sure they said my name because I had been saying it in my head over and over again. I had to make sure it was Bill Bellamy saying it and not me."
- GINA YASHERE upon learning she was a finalist.
GINA YASHERE'S sell-out 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, Montreal, South Africa and all over Europe.
Never backward in coming forward, the comedienne who hails from London via Nigeria, shoots from the hip. Her unique take on being both 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 shows sold out almost immediately and overnight both audiences and critics alike 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 country, making numerous appearances on TV, radio and the big screen. Her TV appearances have included THE MOBO AWARDS (host), THE LENNY HENRY SHOW, JO BRAND 'S HOT POTATOES, THE CROUCHES, THE STAND-UP SHOW, LIVE AT JONGLEURS and CELEBRITY FAME ACADEMY. Radio shows have ranged from her own BBC RADIO LONDON show to Radio 2's critically acclaimed 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 all 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. 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.