The daughter of an exiled writer and comic from Iran, Khorsandi's upbringing has been in no way conventional. Born in Tehran, she was bought up in London after her family fled Iran following the Islamic Revolution as her satirist father, Hadi, criticised the Ayatollah. She began her comedy career in 1997 and first appeared at Edinburgh Festival as part of a group show in 2000, returning as a solo act in 2003. Her 2006 show Asylum Speaker sold out and she even performed her Carry On Shappi show while eight months pregnant in 2007. Comedy is a family business for the Khorsandis. In Los Angeles, she performed in a seven week sell-out run with her brother in a show called How To Be Iranian, and supported her father on a month long tour of America. Back in England, Khorsandi has appeared on multiple BBC Radio 4 shows and TV panel shows, including Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and even Question Time.
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