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13th Feb 2015

Hi all

Really looking forward to seeing lots of you on Sunday for my solo show at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. It's on at 2pm so do arrive in good time. Tickets are cheaper if you book in advance too (and of course "avoid disappointment"!)

And if you're coming to the One Billion Rising event tomorrow I shall also be doing a short set to entertain the crowds!

Many of you will have seen the big fuss in the media about the cancellation of my show at Goldsmith's College last week. Or as some parts of the media have been calling it: #Smurthgate. There's been some good reporting and some very low quality "reporting", or as you might call it "lying". To clear the air I have published all the facts and screenshots to prove I'm not making this (admittedly unbelievable) situation up.

I won't give all the media links partly because a lot of them say the same things and partly because I've no intention of driving more traffic to websites and publications who are just being horrible. But a few interesting ones here:

Nick Cohen in The Guardian:
Janice Turner in The Times (sorry not a freebee):
Ian Dunt in The Guardian again:
Profile piece on me in The Daily Beast:
BBC piece featuring a lovely supportive comment from Jason Manford:

And on that note many thanks to all the lovely people who've sent messages of support and stuck up for me on social media, etc when people have been unpleasant.

I did also make a very silly video responding to the situation:

Other upcoming gigs include
Laughing Labia on 18th Feb at She Soho (lesbian bar, all welcome!):
Braintree on 20th Feb (I'm MCing):
Matlock on the 21st (again MCing):
I'm in Norway the following weekend, Trondheim:
And then Oslo (2 nights):

Tickets are also onside now for Radical Funnyism - a show I'm doing in Bristol to raise funds for local Rape Crisis centres. Brilliant line-up. Tickets and info here:

My latest column in The Teacher magazine is now out (you'll have to scroll through to page 45 though!):

I was on BBC Ulster this morning talking about Pope Francis criticising people who don't have children (like he doesn't!). From 1h12m:
And I was on BBC Leicester too at lunchtime telling the lovely Jonathan Lampon about my show in Leicester on Sunday. From 2h20m:

Hope to see you at a show soon - I also have a piece in next months Cosmo and the new issue of New Internationalist so watch the shelves for those!

Kate Smurthwaite



27th Jan 2015

Hi all
So first up I'm doing my solo show for probably two final times in London next Monday and in Leicester on the afternoon of 15th Feb.
London: tickets are £4, free to members of Goldsmiths College feminist and comedy societies.
Leicester: tickets are £6 or the venue also does an all-day pass though this doesn't guarantee entry if I sell out!
Secondly I was on The Big Questions a couple of weeks ago discussing Charlie Hebdo, humanism and Ched Evans. As usual the footage is only viewable in the UK though clips usually show up on YouTube sooner or later, do send me any good links. iplayer/episode/b04ykfzk/the- big-questions-series-8- episode-1
Also it is coming up to a year since I was on Question Time - the show is only available online for a year so if you haven't seen it or want to have another peek before it disappears it is here: programmes/b03t7f4n. And if you want to write to the production company (Mentorn) and ask for me again that would be cool too!
There is also footage now online of my appearance as General Kitchener at the event Philosophy Football ran to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Christmas Day Armistice. https://www. Dl9Zs
In the meantime I also have shows at the Kickback in Guildfordhttp://www.
And I'm doing a workshop and showcase for aspiring comedians at Newnham College Cambridge on Sun 8th Feb. More details and registration by contacting them at - it's £30 if you're not a student at the college. You can also come along to the showcase in the evening for free I think.
I've been on a pile of TV and radio interviews. Firstly with the off/on page three nonsense. 
BBC Newcastle from 2h 48mins: programmes/p02grbbx
BBC Scotland Morning Call from 20m: programmes/b04yk7s2#auto
BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show from 12mins: programmes/b04y9mxj
And then BBC Ulster gave me a chance to deal with the guy from the new UK anti-feminist party with the stupid name (as if anti-feminist party wasn't already a stupid name!). They've picked the "debate" out as a highlight, though I thought it was a bit stupid really. boos/2816457-are-men- disadvantaged-mike-buchanan- and-kate-smurthwaite-debate- bbcnolan
Lovely review of the show I did in Cambridge last week: uk/2015/01/18/newnham-college- smoker-fire/
And welcome to lots of new additions to the mailing list from various places. It's not a server-run list so if you don't want to be on it just reply and say so in a way that won't hurt my feelings. And if you want to reply and ask me something or share something that's cool too. I read everything even if I sometimes run out of time to reply!
See you soon.
Kate Smurthwaite


8th Jan 2015

Hello all and happy new year,

If you're already itching to get out and see some comedy I have a showcase tonight for some of my talented students:  (and I have some guest list places if you're broke, just message me by replying to this).
On Saturday I'm at the Bloomsbury Theatre for one of my favourite comedy events of the year: Sex Appeal - the benefit for Brook's sex advice helpline for young people. Al Murray, Mark Thomas, Bec Hill, everyone. Book here:
On Sunday (and I just might be on The Big Questions on BBC1 on Sunday morning so keep an eye out for that) night I have another showcase for my latest crop of beginner comedy students mail me for guest list)
Next week I'm doing a cameo role in a play/live art event about the NHS cuts in Brighton. Tickets are here: (And I must stress that this is not a comedy show AT ALL, it's a serious play and I've been specially warned not to try and be funny. Which is quite funny.)
Fri 16th I'm in Cambridge at the Newnham College Smoker - a brand new comedy show that is starting up with an overtly feminist ethos. Do support them if you're able and hopefully it'll become a regular fixture.
Sat 17th I'm in Chester at Alexanders (I believe the longest running UK comedy night outside London).
Free Speech...
If you missed my article on free speech in New Internationalist last year now seems like an appropriate time to post it up again. If you saw my most recent solo show in Edinburgh (Leftie C*ck Womble) you'll also know at least a bit about the Raif Badawi case. A Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for writing a blog about women's rights and secularism. We've just learned that they will start publicly flogging him tomorrow. I'm expecting there'll be a protest at the Saudi Embassy in London tomorrow or on Tuesday (which is Raif's birthday). Watch my Twitter (@Cruella1) for more info. Or google "free raif" and hopefully it'll be on Facebook, etc.
In other news Julie Bindel mentioned me in The Guardian:
The Chester gig is mentioned in the Chester Chronicle:
And my comedy workshop (free to attend is you register with City Academy) is mentioned on Chortle:
Some people have been asking about comedy courses. There are a full run coming up in London, nothing scheduled right now outside. The next Complete Beginners starts next Wednesday (yes, when I'm in Brighton not being funny but of course there are fab cover teachers). The next Beginners with Showcase is Monday 19th and the next Improvers with Showcase is on Tuesday 27th Jan. All info via the City Academy website. I also cannot recommend the Sitcom Writing classes there highly enough. I've done them twice myself.
Hope to see you soon. Should be new videos soon too which will be viewable worldwide. And in the meantime the full-length documentary feature film about tabloid corruption starring myself and Hugh Grant (yes, I know, yes, I did meet him, he was very charming) is available on iTunes and Google Play and all those things (and showing in a few cinemas too). Links here:
Kate Smurthwaite


24th Dec 2014

Hello all and Happy Christmas/Winterval

I was on Sky News this morning talking about David Cameron's very religion-packed Christmas message. No sign of a video clip on their site or elsewhere yet though.
However the video of my appearance as Lord Kitchener (well a part of it) is up on the Philosophy Football YouTube page. It was a really fun event, my bit starts about 8m30s in.
I've also been nominated for an award! By the Stand Up For Labour organisation. I'm more than surprised since I only did one show for them (and no, this does not mean I'm a Labour member, I'm not, nor that I agree with everything Ed Miliband says, which I definitely don't!). Still it'd be great if I won so please take a minute to vote for me. You don't have to register or fill in any extra details, yuo can just tick me and the show I performed at (Nottingham) and click and done! Thank you!!
If you've still not got your last Christmas pressies why not book some new year comedy and put the receipt in a nice card. Here's what's coming up:
First show back in the new year is a lovely intimate little showcase for some of my comedy students:
Then - bang - one of the highlights of the comedy year. Sex Appeal at the Bloomsbury Theatre, a stellar line-up for a great cause:
Then a new talent showcase again for students of mine:
My solo show at the Leicester Comedy Festival is also on sale already and it's a very small venue so I'd recommend booking early:
Or if you REALLY love them (or have just come into money and want to show yourself some love) you could book to come and do a comedy course I'm teaching in June in sunny Greece with Skyros:
And just for fun - I've really upset some Belfast Telegraph columnist who thinks us feminists should all be a bit less argue-y. Or something!
Enjoy the holidays and hope to see you in the new year.
Kate Smurthwaite


29th Nov 2014

Hi all

Yes my birthday is coming up on 9th Dec and I'm celebrating it at a very special event for a fabulous cause. Many of you will know that I teach English to a group of female asylum seekers in London and we're having a benefit for Women For Refugee Women to help fund the classes (they pay for the participants transport, venue hire, books, etc, the teachers, including me, are volunteers). I've more or less hand-picked all my favourite performers to be there. Comedy from me, Shazia Mirza, Jen Brister and Suzy Bennett, poetry from Bridget Minamore, Deanna Rodger, Munira Mohamed and music from Becca Mordan. Tickets are £15 and I won't be guest-listing anyone since it's for such a good cause but I will be buying the first round if you've come to celebrate my birthday. It's in Stoke Newington in north east London (near where I live so I can get as drunk as I like!). Space is limited so please book here if you're coming:
Of course you could also bring the pressies you've got me (right?) to any of my other upcoming gigs:
5th Dec in Cobham: (and i've been advance-warned that some of my audience for this gig will be nuns so strap in for some classic "who's your favourite saint?" material!)
6th Dec at Kick Back in Guildford: (great line-up for this one)
13th Dec in Ashill in Norfolk: (tiny little rural venue, I am a bit of a secret surprise guest)
16th Dec at Lolitics in north London: (the best/only regular leftie politic comedy gig in the capital)
20th Dec at Philosophy Football's special event marking the centenary of the 1914 Christmas Day armistice, in east London:
But you can hear me right across the UK before any of that tomorrow when I'll be a guest on the BBC 5 live news hitlist show. This is a brand new show that goes through the most popular news stories of the week (a bit like the music charts) on a Sunday early evening. And they'll be using special guests to discuss the stories as they come along and I'm the first guest. The show starts 7.15pm and i'll be there from number 40 through to number ten before I collapse and someone else takes over the top ten. Do tune in and tweet along with the show, I think it'll be really interesting.
My article in New Internationalist on Free Speech is now online:
My column in the new issue of The Teacher magazine covers sex and relationships education. It's page 15 here:
I was also filmed at a protest I went to around the porn awards in London last week:
And i'm pictured (but not quoted) in this piece about the Law Society dropping it's controversial Sharia advice:
Hope to see you soon, maybe for my birthday?! Do remember that there is still time to buy one of my awesome t-shirts for yourself or a friend for Christmas. Everyone seems to love them (and YES we do do larger sizes up to a generous 2XL too!)
Kate Smurthwaite


20th Nov 2014

Hi all

Firstly if you haven't already seen, my t-shirts are now on sale on my website. Perfect Christmas/Winterval gifts for anyone who is tired of hearing people say they're not "comfortable" with the word "feminist". http://www. merchandise.html (Or just get one for yourself, obvs).

Now on Saturday is it the awesome Reclaim The Night march in London. It's all about reclaiming the streets from those who think weak and timid women shouldn't go out on their own at night. There's a huge women's march. And (before you ask) a vigil for men who want to support the event. Then there's a huge (mixed) rally with comedy and poetry and music, including a set from me. http://www.

And I'll be back MCing in Chesham next week if you want to book in advance. http://www.ents24. com/chesham-events/the-chess- suite-at-chesham-united- football-club/david-whitney/ 4076120

I've been mentioned a couple of times in the press this week. A lovely write up in the East Anglian Daily Times for my workshop at The Apex at the weekend: uk/what-s-on/video_kate_ smurthwaite_hosts_comedy_ workshop_in_bury_st_edmunds_ ahead_of_apex_gig_1_3850208

Some quotes on the Julien Blanc case from me were used in Newsweek. http://www.newsweek. com/misogynistic-and-racist- pick-artist-julien-blanc- denied-entry-uk-285527

And is excited about the Chesham show. uk/whats-on/comedy-news/feast- comedy-comes-chesham-8128242

You will also need to book soon if you want to come to the Philosophy Football event I'm performing at in December. It's a commemoration of the 1914 armistice and the infamous football match in no man's land. I'm doing something rather unique and special for it and there'll be more comedy from Simon Munnery and music, poetry, etc too. http://www. item.php?pid=1039

Hope to see you soon.

Kate Smurthwaite



14th Nov 2014

Hi all

Firstly Bury St Edmunds people - last chance to buy tickets for my solo show at The Apex on Sunday night. I'm really excited about coming "home" to Bury and seeing everyone and doing my latest show. There's also a couple of spots left on my workshop in the daytime. Come and learn some comedy skills and you'll get to show them off the same day as my support acts at The Apex itself!


Then on Monday there's a chance to see my solo show in central London courtesy of the LSE Atheism, Humanism and Secularism Society. The event is free for members and due to the way these things are funded a limited number of tickets are available to the public here: book soon, the same event last year sold out quite quickly.

More dates in December and the new year will be added to the website later this week.

And my merchandising page is now LIVE. With the T-shirts from my show. Suitable for anyone in your life who has to deal with people who aren't COMFORTABLE with the word "feminism"!!

Plus loads of media and news appearances this week.

Lovely profile of me in the East Anglian Daily Times:
And another piece in the Bury Free Press:

Sky News TV on Julien Blanc:
BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour again on Julien Blanc (final section on "pick-up artists"):
BBC Scotland on the Glasgow Midwives abortion court case (from 40m):
BBC 5 live discussing Dapper Laughs (from 24m):

And I'm quoted in the Ealing Times on harassment outside abortion clinics in the area:

Finally the footage of my performance at the International Conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights is now up on YouTube (and viewable world wide!)

Hope to see you at a show soon.

Kate Smurthwaite

6th Nov 2014


Hi all

Well to say I've been busy would be an understatement at the moment - I've been so busy I didn't even send out a mail-out last week, and this should be a bumper one but I may run out of time to get everything in it!

Firstly tonight I'm in Birmingham MCing a brilliant line-up at Bramall Hall.

Tomorrow afternoon if you're a member of SERTUC I'll be performing at the women's right committee seminar.

In the evening I'm at Buxton Buzz Club

Saturday I'll be doing my latest solo show at an event at Lancaster University.

And in the evening I'm at Sale Buzz Club

Next tuesday I'm headlining the Backyard Comedy Club in east London for their "War and Peace" theme night

And on Wednesday I'm in Guildford at The Stoke

And there are still tickets going for my show and for the workshop I'm doing in Bury St Edmunds. The workshop acts will be my warm-up for the evening show so if you've ever fancied going from zero to hero in one day...!! Complete beginners welcome and you'll be on at the gorgeous Apex venue that night. Or just come along and cheer the newbies and then relax and enjoy my latest solo show.

On Mon 17th I'm bringing my new solo show back to London courtesy of the LSE Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. Everyone is welcome though, tickets are a fiver to non-members.

So - articles and media appearances...

My new column in the latest edition of NUT magazine The Teacher came out this week. It's about sex ed...

And I had a piece in the New Internationalist about rip-off culture

There's been a lot of radio interviews too (but of course the "listen again" feature runs out after seven days which is why I really ought to do a mail out once a week...) including one this morning on BBC Newcastle about female drivers and pilots. It's quite a jokey one (as usual with Charlie and Alfie). From 2h19m here:

Hope to see you at a show soon.

Kate Smurthwaite


23rd Oct 2014

Hi All
So Feminism In London is just around the corner: this saturday! It's one of the highlights of my year. A whole day of workshops and amazing speakers on a huge range of subjects. It's very nearly sold out and some of the workshops are already full but fear not - the most popular workshops will be in the main auditorium so you'll be able to join those if you book now. And men are welcome to be a part of it too. I'm hosting the whole day right up to the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize at the end (AND I've been nominated for the prize, which is very lovely although I'm sure there are more deserving candidates!).
And even if you don't fancy the conference, or can't make it, there's a huge after party with feminist bands and poets and me doing feminist comedy too. Booking for both components online here:
Before that I'm in sunny Northampton tomorrow.
And next week the BBC 100 Women conference is taking place. This year it's mostly online. I'll be hanging out with a rather famous bearded lady as part of it so I hope they include some of that and I may be popping up during the day shouting at people, etc. Stay tuned to the BBC news site and I'll post up any links as they come in. (I thought the details of this were still a secret but l see some Indian news channel has leaked it. Oh well.
I'm hosting a night of new comedy talent on 5th November in Canary Wharf. The new acts have all done my comedy course too so they are certified brilliant.
I'm in Birmingham on 6th Nov with a great line-up at the university (open to everyone though)
And then I'm off to Bury St Edmunds to teach a workshop in the daytime and do my new solo show in the evening - with support from the workshopees! Still time to book to see the show and I think still a couple of workshop places open for you to be part of the show! If you're not from Bury but fancy a weekend away with fun activities it is a lovely little historical town to visit. If you live there - you know!
I've done three BBC Ulster slots this week... 
One last Friday on Jamie Oliver's decision to hire a convicted child abuser to work in his restaurant, from 42m here: 
One on the Good Morning Ulster show discussing Twitter trolling laws. From 2h10 here:
An another rather less civilised one on the same subject with Katie Hopkins.
And I think my latest column will be in the paper issue of New Internationalist out in bookshops, etc globally in the next few days so do watch out for that.
There should be a new YouTube video next week from the show I did at the Occupy Democracy camp in Parliament Square which will be viewable by all, wherever you are so fear not if you're nowhere near the places I've listed above.
So hope to see you soon.
Kate Smurthwaite




16th Oct 2014

Hi all
Lots of TV and radio for you to catch up on this week. 
I was a guest on Sunday Morning Live on BBC1 at the weekend, discussing the Pope, Ebola and climate change with a panel including the utterly noxious Nick Ferrari from LBC.
I was a guest on another BBC1 show on Wednesday night last week, but only in Northern Ireland. The Nolan Show discussed potential changes to the region's draconian abortion laws with a panel of me and some religious men (obviously). It's the first item.
This morning I was on the radio with BBC Tees discussing the rather fluffier topic of mobile phones being used at theatre and comedy venues. From 49m here:
[Apologies if you are outside the UK where BBC shows usually can't be viewed. If I find YouTube clips I will share them. I'm reliably informed that there are ways to trick the system into thinking you are in the UK but I don't understand them so ask someone with IT experience.]
Gigs-wise I'm at Kick Back in Guildford on Saturday.
Lolitics (brilliant political comedy show in Camden, North London) on Monday:
Northampton next week:
And tickets are rapidly selling out for the always-amazing Feminism In London conference on the 25th. I'll be hosting the conference and performing at the afterparty too. Book online here:
Tickets are also onsale for my solo show next month at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds
Not much in the press this week. My appearance at the launch night of the Manchester Women In Comedy festival got a mention here:
Hope to see you soon.
Kate Smurthwaite





8th Oct 2014

Hi All

Firstly for those based in the north there is a chance to see my new rave-reviewed solo show on Sunday. I'm doing it in Todmorden which is just along from Hebden Bridge and easily reachable from Halifax, Rochdale, Bradford, Huddersfield or Burnley. Do book if you're coming and if you know anyone in the area who might enjoy a laugh about free speech and the portrayal of women in the media please let them know.
It's actually part of the Women In Comedy festival that's taking place in Manchester and I'll also be performing at the launch night for that which will surely sell out given the line up so Manchesterites who can't make it out to Todmorden might want to grab tickets asap.
And tonight I'll be on the telly! I'm doing The Nolan Show discussing the proposals for changing (slightly) the law on abortion. It's BBC1 tonight at 10.40pm but only in the N. Ireland region. If you have a TV box it's probably down there in the high number of the channels. But it'll also be on iPlayer shortly afterwards so hang on for that if you're outside the region.
Next Monday I'm doing some new material at Camden Comedy Club. It's a small and friendly place and there's no need to book, you can just walk in - say my name and it's free. 8pm at The Cuban in Stables Market. 
Looking forward i'm really excited to be hosting the Feminism In London conference. I can't recommend coming to this enough if you're able. And the after party too.
I'm also speaking at the Secularism Conference this weekend in London which will be fascinating too I think.
And Bury St Edmunds-ites have the options of coming to see my show at The Apex on 16th Nov: or doing my workshop in the daytime before and then being a guest in the first half of the show!
Not much in the way of press this week but this misleadingly-titled piece from Chortle:
And Bridget Christie mentions me in the York Press: (and I recommend her shows if you're able to get to them, they're wonderful).
Lots more dates all across the UK on my website. Hope to see you there soon.
Kate Smurthwaite


1st Oct 2014

Hi All
Firstly very excited that some of you around the UK will be getting the chance to see my new solo show from the Edinburgh Fringe. I would tell you about the great reviews it's had but I'm assuming you're on my mailing list for a reason and if you can get to it you'd want to come along.
Birmingham this Sunday 5th Oct 4.45pm at Cherry Reds. I hear this is selling well so please book and share with any other Birmingham-ers who might fancy it asap.
Todmorden the following Sunday 12th Oct at the Cricket Club. This is handy for Halifax or Hebden Bridge so if you know anyone in those places please let them know too. 
Tomorrow I'm hosting a big gala event for the campaign against FGM. It's a star-studded line-up and very glam evening in central London so if you can afford the £100 ticket price you'll be in for quite a treat (don't worry my solo shows above are only £5 and £6 respectively).
On Friday I'm lending my support to the Fire Brigade Union's "Ring Of Fire" tour protesting cuts to services and people being put in danger. That's in Bristol in the afternoon.
Next Saturday I'm one of the acts at the launch event for the Manchester Women In Comedy festival. This might have already sold out, if not it certainly will, so book if you're coming while you can.
There are lots more live dates coming up around the country (in case you can't tell I've relatively recently got a new agent and he's really been working hard filling my diary up, thanks Chaz!). Have a look here and if I'm not coming to your part of the the UK let me know what your local venues are and I'll chase them up - also you can contact them and ask for me, I'm always keen to visit new places.  
[And if you're not UK based I appreciate your chances of getting to see me live are a fair bit less. I will be touring Sweden later this year and visiting Norway early next year. Elsewhere, hang on in there we are working on a US trip and various other plans. Also my shows usually make it to the internet eventually. Last year's is here:]
Another thing you can book for now is the Feminism In London conference. I'm hosting the whole shebang as usual and performing at the after party. If you've never been I can't recommend it enough. Men are welcome too, don't feel excluded - there's even a Pro-Feminist Mens Workshop run by the awesome White Ribbon Campaign for men wondering how they can get more involved in supporting women's rights.
Links for this week (advance warning the BBC ones only work in the UK unless you know how to jimmy the system):
Me on BBC Ulster debating abortion. This is really a good 'un. The evangelical Christian guy tries to tell me that with an English accent I shouldn't be discussing abortion law in Ireland and I think I demand live on air that he "grow some ovaries"... Then a woman rings in to tell me that a feotus is a "living, breathing human" and you can hear me in the background asking if it breaths through a straw!! From 45m here:
Same subject but less excitement on BBC 5 live from 1h15m here:
Very lovely profile of me on Chime For Change
An my column for The Teacher (NUT magazine) came out this week. I haven't found it online yet and I wasn't a huge fan of the edit so I've sneakily put the full length version on my blog page for those who are interested:
I'm featured (talking about cross-dressing pirate Mary Read) in the historical podcast Z-List Dead List (episode 2) available free on iTunes:
I'll also have a column about free speech in the next edition of New Internationalist magazine which is available worldwide and well worth a read wherever you are.
By the way, unlike all those automated mail-outs you might get, you CAN reply to this email and I will get it. I don't promise to respond but if you want to stop getting them or have emails of people you know who you are definitely sure would like to be added or want to share something interesting or let me know about a performing/speaking opportunity that might suit me - go ahead!
And hope to see you soon
Kate Smurthwaite





7th Sept 2014

Hi all
Well we are now back and recovering from Edinburgh. More about the fringe below - lovely to see so many of you there. Since getting back I'm starting to fill up my autumn schedule so here are some key gigs around the UK already lined up:


My political solo show Leftie Cock Womble is at the Birmingham Comedy all-dayer on 5th Oct. Tickets are onsale here:


On 2nd Oct I'm hosting a gala night raising money for the campaign to combat FGM in the UK and abroad. Its a stellar line-up of course if you can stretch to the ticket price for a good cause!


I'm performing in Bristol on 3rd Oct in support of the Fire Brigade Union's anti-cuts tour:


On 11th Oct I'll be performing at the Secularism Conference being organised by the One Law For All team in central London:


And then dashing to Manchester to be part of the opening night gala for the Women In Comedy festival:


On the 12th Oct, still part of the Women In Comedy festival I'll be performing Leftie Cock Womble plus (i.e. my recent Edinburgh show over an hour and half slot so I'll also include some highlights of previous shows) at Todmorden Cricket Club


And some regular club gigs:


MCing in Northampton on 25th Sept:


MCing in Basingstoke on 26th Sept


Set at Brooks Brothers (London) on 1st Oct:


MCing at Kick Back in Guildford on 18th Oct:


I was also on BBC News 24, Sky News, BBC World Service and BBC Wales, all talking about the death of Joan Rivers. The only one I've found online is the BBC Wales one - it is the most in depth one so if you want to catch it it's here, from 2h20m in:


And I had a piece on the New Internationalist website this week with the best title ever!


And I had a tweet of mine go a bit viral too - over 300 retweets and favourites...!


Fringe recap: Thanks very much to everyone who came to my shows, chipped in to my bucket, bought T-shirts, tweeted about me, brought their friends or relatives along, bought me a pint, or listened to me complaining about falling over or not getting reviewed (for the eleventh year running) by any national newspapers, not even the ones that complained in January when I was on Question Time that they had "never heard of me". Still here, still firing you press releases several times a year, still doing my thing, all you have to do is walk in the door...


The reviewers that did come loved my show though:


Five stars:
Four stars:
Four stars:


And even though I didn't ask for reviews or press at all my evolution show also got five stars!


That show was also nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award:


I wrote a couple of articles too:


And was interviewed a few times:


And you might notice the gigs on my listings don't start for a couple of weeks - that's because I am now taking a holiday. Hope to see you when I'm back!



Kate Smurthwaite







30th July 2014

Hi All


So all three of my fringe shows open on the 2nd Aug. If you're at the fringe at all I would love it if you came to see:


The News At Kate: Leftie C*ck Womble (without the asterisk but I don't want to set your spam filter off). My new solo political hour about free speech and the media. 2nd-23rd (not 12th) Aug, 5pm, Viva Mexico, venue 274, free non-ticketed (this means just show up and have a fab time and I'll have a collection bucket afterwards).


The Evolution Will Be Televised is my educational interactive super-geeky comedy science show about the origins of life and our nearest cousins. 2nd-23rd (not 12th) Aug, Ciao Roma, venue 283, free (as above).


Late With Kate is my late night compilation show. to give you a flavour of what it'll be like guests already confirmed include Chris Coltrane, Jayde Adams, Joe Wells, Njambi McGrath, Mzz Kimberley, David Mills, Luke Toulson, Jollyboat, Stuart Black, Evelyn Mok, Ada Campe, Ashley Storrie and so far I'm going with 100% different line up every night so if you've got a few days at the Fringe you can come drop by on your way home and get some ideas for what to see the next day! 2nd-23rd (not Sundays, guest host on 12th) Aug, Canon's Gait, venue 78, free (as above).


And I'm really excited about the guest spots I've been booked for too including the three shows I most MOST wanted to do SetList on Sat 9th Aug, Political Animal on Thurs 21st Aug and Spank! on Sat 16th Aug. Yippeee!!


In the run up there's already been some press about me:


Interview in New Internationalist:


Column in The List:


My shows recommended in Three Weeks:


I was on Sky News early yesterday morning talking about perceptions of the British with Eamonn Holmes. Can't find the clip though so far.


Also I did a piece for BBC Ulster about drug addiction during pregnancy with the most horrible guy. It was pre-recorded rather than live though so I don't know what time it was on and I'm too busy prepping for the fringe to go searching for it!


If you want to keep up with my news during the Fringe then Twitter (@Cruella1) or Facebook ( is your best bet. And if you are coming up and catching my shows then do come and say hi afterwards.


Looking forward to seeing you.


Kate Smurthwaite







17th July 2014

Hi All


So I'm busy getting ready for the Edinburgh Fringe. My main show this year is called The News At Kate: Leftie C*ck Womble (without the asterisk but I don't want to set your spam filter off). I'm really pleased with the show - it's about language, free speech and it's influence on the media. And of course it's about being on TV shows from Question Time to Revelation TV. 2nd-23rd (not 12th) Aug, 5pm, Viva Mexico, venue 274, free non-ticketed (this means just show up and have a fab time and I'll have a collection bucket afterwards).


Plus I'm doing an interactive educational comedy show about evolution and primatology and us human apes. It's a grown-up show but liberal parents with smart teenagers can come too. And timing-wise you could eat upstairs at the fab Italian restaurant first and then join me. It's called The Evolution Will Be Televised. 2nd-23rd (not 12th) Aug, Ciao Roma, venue 283, free (as above).


And then to round off the day the Free Fringe is very kindly allowing me to host and book their late night showcase. It's even been renamed Late With Kate (it used to be Midnight Hour) so everyone will know. I'm not aiming to book TV stars or big circuit acts (though I might), just acts that I really, really like and think you will too. Mostly comedy, but rules are there to be broken. 2nd-23rd (not Sundays, guest host on 12th) Aug, Canon's Gait, venue 78, free (as above). I'll be letting people know who the acts are on Twitter @Cruella1, but it'll be different every night and brilliant at all times.


I'll also be doing lots of guest spots at the Fringe including Political Animal with Andy Zaltsmann on 21st Aug which I'm very excited to have been booked for and Spank! on Sat 16th (will be Sunday by the time I'm on). More to be announced on Twitter as they come up.


I am previewing The News At Kate: Leftie C*ck Womble in Hitchin on Saturday (I'm on at 2.30pm) and in Cradley Heath at what claims to be the world's smallest comedy festival on Sunday (I'm on at 7.20pm) If you know any locals to those areas please let them know. And next week at Antwerp Mansion in Manchester


I also have one other gig before the fringe - I'm MCing in Camberley on the 25th:


My article in the New Internationalist is now available online (I'm very proud of this one - do give it a read!):


And I was interviewed by Broadway Baby about my Edinburgh shows:


I did two radio interviews yesterday - BBC Newcastle talking about the cabinet reshuffle, from 2h53:


And BBC Wales talking about shaving and my hairy legs! From 38m:


Hope to see you soon, especially if you're coming to the fringe! 


Kate Smurthwaite







4th July 2014

Hi All


So starting with the biggest news. I'm MCing on Monday at the Hammersmith Apollo. Biggest venue I've ever played so I'm dead excited about it. And an amazing line-up: Jason Manford, Mark Steel, Jo Brand, Stewart Lee, Francesca Martinez, Jen Brister, etc. Tickets start at just a tenner. Tickets and a promo video featuring me are here:


If you prefer your comedy intimate, read from notes and without a proper ending you could also come along to one of my two previews this week. I'll be practicing and working out my new Edinburgh show on Sunday at the Round Table with Tiernan Douieb:


And next Friday at the Museum of Comedy with Inder Manocha:


My regular column in the New Internationalist is published this week. It's in the printed edition and so not available online. It's their special "feminism" themed publication and - just to give you a taste - my column is called "Cupcakes can f*** off".


I also had a wildly controversial (based on the amount of angry hate mail I've had so far) column in the New Statesman suggesting that maybe we should put an end to violent sports like white collar boxing. (yes I know how to piss off the right people eh?!)


Two radio interviews this week. I was on LBC's Ian Collins show on Saturday night although I don't know if they still podcast this - I can't find it. 


And this morning I was on BBC Wales talking about crime and poverty. From 2h06m here:


Hope to see you soon



Kate Smurthwaite





27th June 2014

Hi all
If you're London-based I've got two important gigs coming up: 
Firstly next Sunday I'm previewing my new Edinburgh show "The News At Kate: Leftie Cock Womble" It's a double bill with Tiernan Douieb's new solo show too. Both shows for just a fiver! 
Secondly I've been asked to MC a huge benefit at the Hammersmith Apollo. Which is pretty exciting, eh? Never played this huge prestigious venue before so I'd be delighted to have some friendly faces in. Plus awesome line-up: Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Marcus Brigstock, Stewart Lee. And all in aid of the People's Assembly - campaign against the government's austerity program! Tickets here:
Before then I'm in Plymouth next Wednesday:
And Swindon on Thursday:
I got a couple of media mentions after last week's People's Assembly march and rally. Here's my actual performance if you want to see that:
Article in Mancunian Matters:
And even on comedy website Chortle:
And a promo for the 7th July I did too:
I also stumbled across the website for a short student film I appeared in earlier in the year. Hopefully there'll be another showing or they'll put it online.
Plus just in case you missed it last week my whole solo show from last year. The one I was doing when I won the Three Weeks' Editor's Choice Award.
I'm teaching a one-day comedy workshop for complete beginners next week:
Or if you're someone who's already gigging and taking a show up to Edinburgh, I can be hired (at very reasonable rates) as director/additional material writer to help you hone your show ready for the fringe. Contact me direct (and soon) if you're interested. 
Hope to see you soon
Kate Smurthwaite

19th June 2014

Hi All

Hope you're all coming to the March for the Alternative tomorrow organised by the People's Assembly. I'll be performing a little afterwards plus there's bands and Russell Brand and important political speakers. 
On Sunday I've got TWO previews. I'm previewing my "other" Edinburgh show - it's an interactive science-y show about great apes called The Evolution Will Be Televised. At it's part of a full day of awesomeness at the Balham Free Fringe. I don't want to unfairly bribe anyone but I do just happen to be in the same space right before Phill Jupitus is on so if you came to see me at 5.40pm and brought two beers with you you could effectively jump the queue for seeing Phill...
And then in the evening I'm previewing my main show - the political comedy one, Leftie Cock Womble at the Roundtable. Double bill with James Ross. Tickets and info here or mail for for guest list.
Also at the Roundtable next week I'm hosting some new comedy talent. If you're feeling supportive and ready for talent-spotting info and tickets here, again guest list available if you give me a shout:
Great news for those of you in far-flung corners of the earth! My WHOLE SHOW from last year (when I won the Three Weeks Editors' Choice Award) is now available on line after being filmed at the WOW festival:
I also had an article published in the New Internationalist:
And one in the Feminist Times:
I was also on BBC London's Vanessa Feltz show talking about the latest Twitter storm. From 1h03m here: And on Sky News discussing the same thing at lunchtime - though not found the video of that yet.
Hope to see you soon
Kate Smurthwaite

12th June 2014

Hi All

Firstly I'm doing a debate tonight at the Cambridge Union. Hope to see you there if you're a member.

Secondly tomorrow night I'm MCing an incredible line-up at the Bloomsbury Theatre: Stewart Lee, Pippa Evans, Marcel Lucont, Richard Herring, etc, etc all for just £15. I can't believe its not sold out. It's even for a great cause (The Free Fringe).

On Saturday I'm MCing at the Big Noise festival - raising money for The Big Issue Foundation

On Sunday I've just been given a last minute preview slot at the Roundtable Pub, St Martin's Court, near Leicester Square. It's so sudden that at the moment I don't even know who I'll be co-previewing with (I promise to find someone awesome though) and I don't even have a buy-tickets page. So I'll cut you a deal here people - show up 8pm (we'll start at half eight) and say "I'm on the mailing list" and I'll let you and a guest in free. Deal? Better than me performing to an empty room and if you want to buy me a drink after I won't stop you!

Then on Tuesday I'm at Lolitics (political gig) and Wednesday at Brooks Brothers in Chancery Lane.

Been mentioned in a couple of articles this week too:

And a glowing review for the Chippenham Comedy Festival, including my part in it:

I know I promised a new video of my old solo show too. But that'll have to wait for next week now so I can head off to Cambridge! Sorry!

See you soon

Kate Smurthwaite






6th June 2014

Hi all

Tonight I'm in Milton Keynes at The Comedy Club: 
Tomorrow I'm speaking at a humanist conference in Birmingham:
And then previewing my new solo show in Chippenham, full program here:
On Sunday I'm at Z List Dead List in the afternoon - a history based show in Camden:
And then I'm at a benefit for MacMillan Cancer Support In Ilford:
On Monday I'm talking in Oxford about gender and religion:
And BOOK NOW for the Free Fringe Benefit on Fri 13th June. Will be an amazing evening, and great value too. Tickets here:
I've done quite a few interviews this week...
Had a very frustrating discussion on abortion with BBC Somerset, from 13m here:
BBC London with Vanessa Feltz talking about Kirsty Allsopp and ambitious young women, from 2h05m here:
Then I was on BBC Scotland on the same issue:
Yesterday on BBC Tees discussion women who swear, from 15m here:
And then on BBC Three Counties talking Internet abuse from 1h19m:
More interviews and maybe even a video of my WHOLE award-winning show next week!
Hope to see you soon
Kate Smurthwaite

29th May 2014
Hi all
Wrote a piece on my blog about the Mail's coverage of the Santa Barbara shootings in a little fit of rage that went rather viral (200 retweets and nearly 100 Facebook shares!). If you haven't seen it, it's here:
Got another lovely little video vlog for you this week. All about the Richard Scudamore sexism business. Watch online here:
And as if that wasn't enough there's also lots of me in the podcast from this week's No Pressure To Be Funny show which despite the lack of pressure is very funny and you can listen to here:
And, talking serious politics too I was on Ian Collins show on LBC on Saturday night. It's a great show and they used to have the "round table" bit of it (my bit) available for free on their website but I can't see it any more. Let me know if you can.
I also did one little very early morning BBC piece about people who spend their lives taking photos of things on their phones for 5 live, from 1h24m here:
Upcoming appearances this week:
I'm speaking in Cambridge on saturday:
And then performing at the Comedy Store late show that night:
Previewing my new political show in Maidstone on Monday:
Doing a benefit in Exeter on Thursday:
Book now for FREE FRINGE BENEFIT which I'm hosting at the Bloomsbury Theatre with Stewart Lee, Pippa Evans, Richard Herring, Peter Buckley Hill and Marcel Lucont!
And lots more on the website of course! Hope to see you soon.
Kate Smurthwaite




22nd May 2014

Hi all

So firstly I made a little vlog about the Gary Barlow tax business. That's up here: please share if you like it.
I also wrote a funny column for Feminist Times about pick up artists.
I've got lots of very varied appearances coming up. Tonight I'm at the Oxford Union debating the compatibility of Islam and feminism. Tomorrow I'm at UCL talking to medical students about abortion! Come along if you're eligible.
On Saturday night I'll be on LBC with Ian Collins from 9-10pm discussing a variety of topical stories.
Then on Sunday I'm on the panel for No Pressure To Be Funny which is a fairly relaxed live political panel-type show. Tickets here:
On 31st May I'll be speaking in Cambridge at an event for the People's Assembly, then appearing at Monkey Business comedy club and then at the late show at the Comedy Store:
And there are two big benefits coming up that I'm involved with. Firstly the incredibly good value All-Star benefit for the Free Fringe. I'm MCing at the Bloomsbury Theatre and acts include Stewart Lee, Pippa Evans, Richard Herring and Marcel Lucont. Not bad for £15.
And I'm also playing the Hammersmith Apollo on 7th July at a benefit for the People's Assembly. It's a bit more expensive but you will get Jo Brand and Mark Steel and of course me so it's totally worth it.
Hope to see you soon!
Kate Smurthwaite


13th May 2014

Hi All

Looking forward to seeing lots of you in Brighton over the weekend. I'm bringing my Three Weeks Editor's Choice award-winning solo show to Upstairs at Three and Ten on Fri, sat and Sun night, 10pm. It's the very end of the tour for that show so I'm hoping to go out with a bang. We turned people away at the same venue last year so do book. And if you have friends in Brighton please let them know.
Then on Monday next week (already!) I'm trying out some new material for my next show... And it's a double-preview show also featuring Bridget Christie. Not bad for a fiver!
I've done three radio interviews this week:
A lovely one with Alfie and Charlie (love their show) on BBC Newcastle Breakfast talking about modern sexism and the "Blurred Lines" documentary. From 2h37m here:
I was on BBC London to discuss an abortion story out of the US. I didn't think it was done very well with the presenters just ganging up on me and going off topic. But if you're in the mood to spit out your coffee it's from 1h40 here:
And the following morning I was on BBC Ulster talking about Gary Barlow's tax bill (or lack of). From 42m here:
I've got a couple of articles in the pipeline and I'm planning some vlogs soon too so do let me know if there's a topic you'd like me to cover. Quite excited about getting started on some new projects. And they'll be accessible worldwide of course.
See you soon.
Kate Smurthwaite


7th May 2014 

Hi all
If you're in London tonight I'm hosting a showcase of new comedy talent. Just let me know if you fancy coming along, I have spare guest list to use up so you'd be welcome to come for free. Info here:
This Saturday I'm MCing at Highlight in Camden and the show has already been recommended on Chortle for having an excellent line-up.
And my award-winning solo show is on it's way to Brighton next weekend. Book now as I hear it's selling quickly!
And then on Monday 19th I'm previewing some material for my new Edinburgh show alongside Bridget Christie. It'll be lots of notes and untested material but it should be a fun night. Tickets are £5 here:
If you've ever thought about giving comedy a go I've got two new courses starting next week with City Academy
Hope to see you soon
Kate Smurthwaite