If you want to know more about Abi, scroll down for her bio!
Abi's joke about selfies made it into the Top 50 Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe in the Independent/I-Paper! Read it here
Three of Abi's jokes also made it into several of the Best Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe lists! She was featured in the Scotsman, the Guardian, the Daily Mail and Wow24/7! Read them here: Guardian, The Scotsman, Daily Mail and Wow24/7
Abi's new show ANGLICHANKA has had great reviews in Edinburgh and has been packing them in at the Voodoo Rooms!
5 *****: Edinburgh Fringe Review here
4 ****: Three Weeks review here
4 **** : Fringebiscuit here
4 **** : EFR Late here
4 **** : TV Bomb Edinburgh here
4 **** : Edinburgh Evening News here
4 **** : The List here
Abi has also been the regular host of Sky TV's Edinburgh Fest Live! TV show, broadcast on Channel 266/Showbiz TV 11.00pm every night. See highlights here
Abi's new show ANGLICHANKA was nominated for Best Comedy Show at the prestigious Buxton Comedy Fringe Festival! http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/awards2016.html
Abi was the Guest on Penny Smith's Breakfast show talking about comedy, the news and Russia. Listen again here: http://talkradio.co.uk/
Abi has just completed a pilot for Sky called Bucketless, playing a Russian Lady called Irina and this week, she finished filming in Yorkshire playing a role as a café owner called Lesley in Dead Cat Films' comedy One Under for the BBC which will be aired later this year!
Abi again on the BBC Radio 4's Weekend programme talking about the challenges of doing comedy in Russian here
Abi on the BBC's Weekend programme talking about doing comedy in Russia here
Abi in the Independent newspaper on her Moscow shows:
Abi has been invited to perform her new stand-up show ANGLICHANKA (Russian for "English Woman") in Moscow at Russia's biggest and best-known comedy club. She will be the first UK comedian to do a show in Russia IN RUSSIAN! The show is the story of how Abi came to be in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s and her experiences becoming an opera singer in pre-Perestroika Russia. She'll be doing the show on 25, 26, 27th February at the Moscow Comedy Bar and Club, Myasnitskaya Ulitza, 38, str 1, Moskva. For more details and tickets: www.moscowcomedybar.com
Here's Abi's Gig highlights over the coming months. For more about Abi, scroll down! For a full list of where you can see Abi, click here: ABI'S GIGS, SHOWS AND PREVIEWS
18/19 sep - glee club, nottingham.
1 oct - old town comedy club, Swindon
7 oct - mock tudor comedy, guildford.
24 Oct - comedy cellar, fleet.
28 oct - crack comedy, farncombe.
29 Oct - gut rOcking comedy, dulwich.
17/18 oct - jongleurs, camden
4 nov - sitting room comedy - york.
27 NOV- BEARCAT COMEDY - HANWELL.
28 Nov - bearcat comedy - Twickenham
4 dec - comedy cellar, bracknell
5 dec - Bromley comedy club, bromley.
11/12 DEC - COMEDY COW, WALES.
We are massively excited to announce that ABI ROBERTS' MUSICAL CID is back by popular demand at this year's Edinburgh Fringe! We shall be taking up residency at the famous Gilded Balloon, 8.15pm!
For tickets and more info, visit: www.gildedballoon.co.uk/tickets
Abi was mentioned on the Channel 4 show, The Last Leg. Watch it here: Channel 4 The Last Leg
Abi will be opening the show at the London Comedy Store, on Saturday 15 November as part of the SUFW Benefit. Tickets here: Comedy Store Ticket Site
We're about to announce some dates for the next batch of London MUSICAL CID shows, with big name guests, so keep you eyes peeled! Meanwhile, have a dekko at our Guest on MUSICAL CID this August on Abi's YouTube channel! MUSICAL CID YOUTUBE CHANNEL!
Abi took two shows to the Fringe in August - her debut solo show, TWERK IN PROGRESS (at the Voodoo Rooms) garnering four and five star reviews Edinburgh Reporter, One4Review and Black Diamond Radio, with full houses throughout the runs of both shows.
Her comedy confessional show, MUSICAL CID (Gilded Balloon) featured Special Guest Comics such as: Al Murray, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Jo Caulfield, Jarred Christmas, Seann Walsh, Craig Hill, Mark Dolan, Angela Barnes, Romesh Ranganathan, Nathan Caton, Alexis Dubus, Paul McCaffrey, Brenda Gilhooly, Luisa Omielan, John Robins, John Ross, Rich Wilson, Christian Reilly, Mary Bourke, Eric Lampaert, Stephen Bailey and Katie Mulgrew!
Abi is taking two shows up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year - MUSICAL C.I.D., the comedy confessional show will be at the Gilded Balloon, Teviot Turret every day for the whole of the Fringe! Tickets available from the Ed Fringe website. Abi is also taking her debut solo stand-up show, TWERK IN PROGRESS to the PBH Free Fringe. She'll be at The Speakeasy, (Venue 68 - The Voodoo Rooms on West Register Street) for the whole month.
Abi's show, MUSICAL C.I.D. is back!! The next show is on 5 Mar at The Camden Head Pub, Camden High Street, Camden Town with Star of Radio 4, the amazingly funny, JOHN MOLONEY! See more about shows and our next Guests at MUSICAL C.I.D or keep an eye on the show's Twitter page. The show looks at comedian's musical preferences and record collections when they are "called in" to be asked probing questions. In every show, there is a surprise revelation and a finale that would put Jimi Hendrix to shame!
The first show in London at The Camden Head Pub, Camden Town featured super-funny and talented comedy mind-reader and mentalist, Doug Segal. On 6 November, we had as our Special Guest, the star of stage and screen, the wonderful, Brenda Gilhooly! Our Christmas Special featured comedy warrior and GQ Comedy Editor, the fabulously funny, James Mullinger!
November 2013: Abi supported Jack Whitehall at Wilton's Music Hall on 7 November 2013 in aid of the Stand Up For Women charity which helps vulnerable women and victims of domestic violence. For more details click HERE.
May 2013: Abi opens for Michael McIntyre at The Bloomsbury. Read the New Statesman review of Abi at the Bloomsbury Theatre HERE
May 2013: Read the Comedy Chords review of Abi at the Bloomsbury Theatre supporting Michael McIntyre HERE
August 2013: Read about Abi in The Independent newspaper: HERE
For other reviews, click HERE
Abi Roberts is a British stand-up comedian. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and gained prominence in comedy and sketch shows, including the satirical comedy Newsrevue, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues and Jonathan Harvey’s stage show, Taking Charlie. She has appeared as a guest comedian on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, Weekend and Outlook, as well as on comedy radio stations Fubar Radio, Moscow Comedy FM (Russia) and Wildfire Radio (US). Abi has just filmed her first comedy film for Emmy-nominated writer and director Ruth Pickett called One Under for Square Cat Films and recently completed a sitcom pilot for Sky playing a Russian woman Irina in Cameron Gordon’s Bucketless.
She’s a regular on the stand-up comedy scene and has performed as herself at major venues including The Glee Club, The Stand, The Kings’ Head, Back Yard Comedy Club, Jongleurs and Manford’s Comedy Clubs. She recently became the first UK comic to perform in Russia, in Russian, completing three nights of shows to packed-out houses at Moscow Comedy Club.
Abi is also one half of character act FRANKLY ON TUESDAY, playing a BBC Radio 4 presenter GINNY FRANKLY alongside Brenda Gilhooly's character GAYLE TUESDAY (Harry Hill's TV Burp, Harry Hill's Fruit Fancies, Paul O'Grady Show, Saturday Night Live) which premiered at this year's Guernsey Comedy Festival and which is destined for a TV airing in 2017.
What they Say About Abi
Abi has been dubbed by critics as "Brilliant, funny and charming. True comedy genius..one of GQ’s Top Ten New Stand-ups to see in 2016" - James Mullinger, Comedy Editor, GQ Magazine; "Very funny, rapid-fire, infectious humour...unstoppable and triumphant… takes down target after target” – Arts Editor, New Statesman; "Raucous and incredibly funny" - Daily Telegraph; as "Fast-paced, high-octane comedy with brilliant routines...entertaining throughout and leaves everybody wanting more" - Gigglebeats.co.uk; "A master impersonator and a gifted comedy performer standing way out from the herd" - Edinburgh’s Three Weeks) and by UK Comedy website Chortle as "Roberts is packing them in (at the Voodoo Rooms)...she is truly and hysterically funny and has definitely got the comedy moves. She does it all with genuine charm and character, with big laughs. She has an imposing range of talents and her impressions are, well, impressive. She really is more than just a stand-up".
In her four years in professional stand-up comedy, Abi has the accolade of having supported major league performers such as Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall and Tom Stade.
Abi was a Finalist and Runner-Up in the London Comedy Store’s Costa Light Comedy Competition in 2012, a Finalist and Runner-Up in the 2012 Harrogate Theatre’s Comedian of the Year and took the Audience Award at the same festival. She is also a winner of the Bristol Old Vic's prestigious Peter Ackermann Comedy Award for alumni working in live comedy.