BIOGRAPHY AND VIDEOS
Kate Smurthwaite is a left-wing, feminist, atheist stand-up comedian and political activist.
She performs all over the UK and around the world at major clubs including The Comedy Store, Comedy Cafe, The Stand, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Soho Comedy Club and Crack Comedy Club. She also writes and tours an annual solo show of highbrow left wing comedy under the name The News At Kate which has been a feature of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2009. In 2013 she won a Three Week's Editor's Choice Award naming her one of the ten best things about the Edinburgh Fringe!
Kate is often a guest on news and debate shows and is well known for her forthright opinions and campaigning work. Appearances include the BBC's flagship political debate show Question Time as well as BBC 1's The Big Questions, BBC Breakfast, BBC News 24, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, ITV News, ITV This Morning, Sky News, BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show, BBC 5live, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4 The Moral Maze. In 2012 Radio 4's Four Thought series included a 15-minute program written and performed entirely by Kate about sexist humour and sexism in comedy. One clip of her setting the world to rights even went super-viral under the name "Athiest B!tchslap".
She also writes for publications from Cosmopolitan to both the Guardian and the Independent and is the Vice Chair and Media Spokesperson for campaign group Abortion Rights UK.
Kate is a writer for the BBC Three political comedy show The Revolution Will Be Televised and the UK's leading political satire show Have I Got News For You?
Photo by Bronac McNeill
Selected video and radio clips:
Here are some clips of Kate's work over the years. Scroll down for photos, including press photos which can be used with appropriate credit.
Kate takes on drunken hecklers at late night Edinburgh show Spank!
Kate performs for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
THAT famous clip... AKA "Atheist B!tchslap". Kate discussing abortion and heaven on BBC One's The Big Questions.
Kate on Channel Five news discussing "Page Three".
Radio 4's Four Thought episode "Stop Laughing at Sexism".
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Question Time from Norwich, 30th January 2014: