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Stand Up Comedy - Kate Smurthwaite

Kate Smurthwaite: Clit Stirrer

Kate Smurthwaite finally tells us what she really thinks

The award-winning feminist, atheist, polyamorous comedian and writer for Have I Got News For You, puts away all those years of coquettishness and gets off the fence.

Kate has sworn, flashed her hairy armpits at Eamonn Holmes, shown up in pyjamas, called a Daily Mail columnist “Dad” and shouted at a nun all on live TV. That’s when she’s not insulting organised religion or the monarchy. But is she the one with the problem? Lots of angry men with very poor grammar on the internet think so.

She’s actually a nice quiet homely sort. In her new one-woman show, Kate lifts the lid on her reputation as a provocatrice extraordinaire and asks: where did it all go wrong?

£10 ticket for bookings before 28th February. Thereafter, £12

Kate has appeared on Question Time, The Big Questions, The Moral Maze, This Morning, BBC News, Sky News, Woman’s Hour, Good Morning Britain, The Nolan Show, The Jeremy Vine Show, Afternoon Edition and Newsnight. She was a 2013 ThreeWeeks Editors’ Choice award winner at the Edinburgh Fringe (where they referred to her as a 'Fringe Institution') and is a writer for the UK’s most popular political comedy show Have I Got News For You? and BBC3’s BAFTA-winning The Revolution Will Be Televised. She writes a regular humourous column for New Internationalist magazine and has also had columns in The Daily Mirror, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Cosmopolitan and Stylist.

Press Quotes:


"There are no airs or graces about Kate Smurthwaite…she is gloriously mobile as she stalks the stage, mind and mouth effortlessly working in a whirlwind of ideas and joke lines." - The Morning Star

 "One of the wittiest gun-slingers I’ve ever seen on stage” - The Spectator

"An important and inclusive narrative on our society" - ScotsGay

 "The verve with which she articulates her views on our land is monumental" -

"Comedy that cuts through the crap" - ThreeWeeks

 Recent Media Appearances:

On This Morning, discussing 'Januhairy' -

 On Love Sport Radio, discussing polyamory -

On This Morning, discussing the term 'darling' -

On This Morning, discussing whether women should shave their armpits -

On Sky News, discussing internet abuse -

On Sky News, discussing wearing pyjamas whilst shopping -

On Russia Today, discussing the Boy Scouts of America dropping "boy" from title -

Recent Articles from Kate:

Stand Up Comedy - Kate Smurthwaite

Friday 31st May
...finally tells us what she really thinks
Adult £10.00

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