Sara Pascoe (born 22 May 1981)[1] is an English writer, stand-up comedian and actress.


Pascoe has appeared in many television programmes and panel shows, including Stand Up for the Week, The Thick of It, Mock the Week, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Campus, Being Human, Twenty Twelve, QI and W1A as well as all-female sketch show Girl Friday (part of Channel 4's Comedy Showcase), which she co-wrote.[2]

She began performing stand-up in 2007.[3] In August 2010, Pascoe performed her first show at the Edinburgh Festival, Sara Pascoe Vs Her Ego. The show received positive reviews.[4][5]

In 2012, Pascoe appeared on Live at the Apollo.[6] She appeared on QI in 2013 and won the episode with +28 points.[7]

In 2014, Pascoe performed at the Edinburgh Festival and toured the UK for the first time with the show Sara Pascoe Vs History.[8] The show was nominated for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award 2014 for Best Comedy Show.[9] She also appeared at Louth Playgoers Riverhead theatre in a local comedy event organised by the Riverhead Producers, a group of local young people who produce events at the theatre.

In October 2014 Pascoe appeared in Never Mind the Buzzcocks and stood in line at the identity parade round as a former dancer and back-up singer for entertainer (and Robbie Williams's father) Pete Conway.[10][11] Also that month, she appeared on the topical panel quiz Have I Got News for You as a panellist and in one of the sketches of the Channel 4 charity night Stand Up to Cancer.

In 2015 she appeared as a panellist on two Radio 4 programs, science discussion program The Infinite Monkey Cage in February, and comedy quiz program The Unbelievable Truth in September.[12]

Pascoe is currently working on her first book, Animal: How a Woman Is Made, due for publication in Spring 2016 by Faber.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Pascoe grew up in Romford, Essex and studied English at the University of Sussex.[14][15] Her father is Derek Pascoe, vocalist with 70s pop group Flintlock. Her great grandmother was the music writer Rosa Newmarch.

Pascoe is a vegan and performed at the 2012 Bristol Vegfest, an annual vegan festival, which combines stand-up comedy and live music with information regarding vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.[16] She is an atheist and feminist,[17][18] and since 2015, a patron of the British Humanist Association.[19] She has aspirations of entering politics, as discussed in an interview with Stuart Goldsmith.Template:Citation needed

She was once a London tour guide and lives in London with her boyfriend, comedian John Robins.[10][14]

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