Welcome to the website of stand-up comedian ABI ROBERTS! Click on the buttons below on the bottom right for details of her gigs, shows, reviews and videos.
If you want to know more about Abi, scroll down this page for her bio, trailers of her recent films and what the critics say...
All the reviews are now in for Abi's tour show about her time in Russia "ANGLICHANKA"!
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine here
★★★★★ Edinburgh Fringe Review here
★★★★★ Swindon Evening News review here
★★★★ Broadway Baby here
★★★★ Three Weeks review here
★★★★ Scottish Broadcasting Company (Sky) here
★★★★ Fringebiscuit here
★★★★ EFR Late here
★★★★ TV Bomb Edinburgh here
★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News here
★★★★ The List here
★★★★ Mumble International Comedy here
★★★★ The Wee Review here
★★★★ Theatre Bath Magazine here
★★★★ Mumble International Comedy here
Two of Abi's jokes are in the all-time "100 of the best ever jokes and one-liners from the Edinburgh Fringe" in the Independent! See them here: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/100-best-jokes-one-liners-edinburgh-fringe/ as well as the 50 Best Jokes of the Fringe in the Scotsman! Read here:
Tour dates announced for ANGLICHANKA "October Revolution" Tour 2017!
12 Feb 2017 - LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL, The Cookie, Leicester, 2.00pm. SOLD OUT
2 Mar 2017 - HOPE MILL THEATRE, Manchester 8.00pm. SOLD OUT
12 Mar 2017 - STROUD COMEDY CLUB, The Prince Albert, Stroud, Gloucs SOLD OUT
22 Mar 2017 - GLASGOW COMEDY FESTIVAL, The Yes Bar, Glasgow. 7.15pm. SOLD OUT
6 May 2017 - DERBY COMEDY FESTIVAL, Derby 9.00pm
8 Apr 2017 - BATH COMEDY FESTIVAL, Bath Brew House 4.30pm. SOLD OUT
9 Apr 2017 - SWINDON COMEDY FESTIVAL Town Hall Theatre, Swindon 7.30pm. SOLD OUT
17 May 2017 - KOMEDIA BRIGHTON - 6.45pm. SOLD OUT
20 May 2017 - CELTIC MANOR RESORT Carleon, Newport, Wales. 9.00pm. SOLD OUT
27 May 2017 - KOMEDIA BRIGHTON - 4.15pm (matinee show) SOLD OUT
31 May 2017 - PLYMOUTH COMEDY FESTIVAL, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth SOLD OUT
16 Jun 2017 – HASTINGS FRINGE, VIP Blackmarket, Hastings, Sussex. 7.30pm. SOLD OUT
24 Jun 2017 - WICKHAM COMEDY - Wickham St Pauls Arts Club. 9.00pm SOLD OUT
30 Jun 2017 - BARNSTAPLE FRINGE, Old Lion Tap Theatre, Barnstaple, Devon, 8.00pm. SOLD OUT
1 Jul 2017 - HAMDON COMEDY - HaHa Hamdon Comedy Club, The Lord Nelson, Hamdon, Somerset. 9.30pm. SOLD OUT
2 Jul 2017 - GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE, Kings Arms, Salford. 7.30pm.
21 July 2017 – GREAT YORKSHIRE FRINGE, The Teapot, York. 8.00pm. SOLD OUT
22 Jul 2017 - MUSEUM OF COMEDY, Bloomsbury, London. 8.45pm. SOLD OUT
28 Jul 2017– G-LIVE GUILDFORD Surrey. 8.00pm. SOLD OUT
29 Jul 2017 - MILTON KEYNES COMEDY FESTIVAL, Westbury Arts Centre, Milton Keynes. 7.00pm. SOLD OUT
Review of Bearcat Comedy Club 2017 HERE
Abi recently starred in two brilliant films by Emmy-nominated Writer/Director, Ruth Pickett of Square Cat Films which have received critical acclaim at major film festivals across the world including TRIBECA, Hollywood Film Festival and the LOCO Film festival at the BFI, London. You can see trailers for both films below!
One Under (c) Square Cat Films 2017
The Honeymoon (c) Square Cat Films 2017
Recent reviews of ANGLICHANKA TOUR SHOWS 2017
"Roberts burst on to the stage like a breath of fresh air and is comedy gold..having seen a lot of stand-up over the years, I can say with absolute confidence that I will make sure I see her again now that I have witnessed first-hand how absolutely hilarious she is....belly achingly funny; she is clever, witty, different and moreish. Totally addictive comedy" ★★★★★ - Swindon Evening News
"ANGLICHANKA...a riotous trip down memory lane as she recounts her experiences as a teenage student. It’s an action-packed story.... Roberts is a feisty and ebullient performer and the story never flags in a roller-coaster ride of comedic skill that has its audience hooting along in English and in Russian right through to the suitably over-the-top Slavonic musical finale. A smart, funny, and highly original show ★★★★"- Theatre Bath Magazine
Abi was a Guest on BBC Radio 4's "Saturday Live" with the Rev Richard Coles talking about Russia, comedy and her nomination for BEST COMEDY SHOW in the Funny Women Awards and upcoming tour. Listen to it here
Abi's hit 5 star ★★★★★ Edinburgh show ANGLICHANKA has been nominated for BEST COMEDY SHOW in the Funny Women Awards!
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!
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:
and in the Independent On SUnday and I-paper:
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 films for Emmy-nominated writer and director Ruth Pickett called One Under and The Honeymoon for Square Cat Films and recently completed a pilot playing a Russian woman Irina in Cameron Gordon’s Bucketless.
You can see the trailers for The Honey Moon and One Under here:
Abi is 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.
What they Say About Abi
"Ground-breaking comedy...an absolute our de force" - The Independent
"Raucous and just incredibly funny" - Daily Telegraph
"Brilliant, funny and charming. True comedy genius..one of GQ’s Top Ten New Stand-ups to see in 2016" - GQ Magazine;
"Very funny, rapid-fire, infectious humour...unstoppable and triumphant… takes down target after target” – New Statesman;
"....an incredible stand-up ..unstoppable charisma, dominating the stage all through the hour….a true talent and a one-of-a-kind stand-up” - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine;
"Roberts has huge stage presence, commanding the room from the moment she steps on stage...master impersonator and a gifted comedy performer and a fantastic storyteller who has led a fascinating life..she stands way out from the herd" - Edinburgh’s Three Weeks
"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" - UK Comedy website Chortle
"Roberts biting commentary is so subtly embedded and demonstrates how comedy can be used to great effect. I heartily recommend seeing Roberts– intelligent, self-effacing and deeply personal comedy: absolutely not to be missed.” - Edinburgh Fringe Review Magazine
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.
In 2016, Abi became the first professional comedian from the UK to perform comedy in Russia in Russian, beating Eddie Izzard to the accolade!
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.