Award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons pops up at The Roses Theatre

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By Bodger21 | Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 04:04

"Brilliantly acerbic", "achingly funny" - Zoe Lyon's "razor-sharp wit" and "incisive, offbeat gags" have garnered the comedian a wealth of accolades from critics of all denominations, worldwide.

A psychologist by trade, Zoe didn't follow a traditional route to stand-up - if there IS such a thing to becoming a comedian.

After graduating from the University of York in 1992 with a degree in psychology, Zoe's first foray into 'celebrity', for wont of a better word, was when she appeared on the reality TV show Survivor in 2001. 

She was the 11th of the 16 contestants to be voted out of the competition and, despite losing out on the £1 million prize, left with some consolation that at least she was now "fully adept at building a tent from twigs".

She started her stand-up career back in 2003, when she stepped up to a five-minute open mic slot. Having caught the comedy bug, she went on the following year to become a semi-finalist in BBC3'sNew Comedy Awards, a finalist in Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny and winner of the NiveaFunny Women award.

She performed at the Edinburgh Festival from 2004 to 2006, but it wasn't until 2007, when she debuted her solo show, that she was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award, going on to win the inaugral Dave award for the Funniest Joke of the Fringe in 2008.

Zoe currently hosts Bent Double - a monthly gay-friendly night at the Brighton Komedia. Yet, despite being named the 81st most influential lesbian and gay person in Britain, she has a unique talent for blending observations, stories and anecdotes without alienating anyone who isn't either gay or a woman.She has theories on women who are unrecognisable without make-up, and how the only people who don't know how to wear make-up are those women who are selling it.

She also likes nothing better than watching goths in hot weather and wonders how they will be affected by global warming.

If you don't recognise the name, you'll probably recognise the face, as the ascerbic, caustic 'mistress' of the one-liner has become a regular on TV shows such as Mock the WeekMichael McIntyre's Comedy RoadshowThe Paul O'Grady Show and The Wright Stuff, and is a regular on talking-head style list shows such as The Alternative Review of the YearMost Annoying People and Most Annoying Couples

She has featured on Comedy Central's Comedy Store, is a festival favourite across the globe - including Edinburgh, Melbourne and New Zealand - and is a regular on the airwaves as a guest on radio shows such as Jo Caulfield Won't Shut UpClive Anderson's Chat Room, The Sandi Toksvig Show and The Caroline Feraday Show.

And tomorrow night the award-winning comedian is bringing her unique brand of observational stand-up to Tewkesbury's Roses Theatre with her Pop-up Comic Tour.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 8.30pm, cost £12, £7 for NHS workers and £9 for under 25s, and are available from the box office on 01684 295074, or by booking online.

* In the run-up to her Pop-Up Comic tour, Zoe was interviewed live on Severn FM by Severn Bore Breakfast Show host, Andy Clarke. To hear Zoe's interview click here.



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