|Genres||Observational humour, Self-help, storytelling|
Deborah Frances-White is a comedian and feminist writer who also delivers seminars to women in business on subjects including charisma, diversity and inclusion. She has both British and Australian citizenship. She hosts the podcasts Global Pillage and The Guilty Feminist.
Frances-White was born in Australia and adopted at ten days old. She moved to the UK and attended Oxford University and founded improv theatre company The Spontaneity Shop of which she is a director.
Frances-White became a Jehovah's Witness while still a teenager. Her years in the religion and how she left it were the focus of her 2012 Edinburgh Fringe stand-up comedy show and two of the episodes of her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice.
After developing a number of improvisation formats at The Spontaneity Shop (including the improvised romantic comedy DreamDate which had a pilot made for ITV), Frances-White turned to stand-up comedy. Her first significant solo show was How to Get Almost Anyone to Want to Sleep With You which she performed at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007 and at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2008 where she also hosted The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.
Frances-White's recent shows have been more personal. Cult Following (2012) dealt with her experiences as a teenage Jehovah's Witness, Half a Can of Worms (2013) was about tracking down her biological family and Friend of a Friend of Dorothy (2015) was about feminism, sexism and homophobia.
Frances-White has continued to develop new improvisation formats. Voices in Your Head is a show which allows comedians, improvisers and actors to create comedy characters while the audience watches. Guests have included Phill Jupitus, Sara Pascoe, Russell Tovey, Mike McShane and Hannibal Buress. In 2015 she created The Beau Zeaux a long-form improvised comedy featuring a rotating cast including Marcus Brigstocke, Thom Tuck, Rachel Parris, Brendan Murphy, Ed Coleman, Milly Thomas and Pippa Evans. Guests have included Russell Tovey and Dan Starkey.
Her BBC Radio 4 series Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice was first broadcast in spring 2015 and featured stories about her adoption, green card marriage, and quest to find her biological family. The episodes were titled "Half a Can of Worms", "Cult Following", "Visa Issues" and "Who's Your Daddy"? In January 2016, The Writers Guild of Great Britain awarded her Best Radio Comedy at their annual ceremony. A second series was first broadcast in autumn 2016.
Frances-White regularly appears at corporate events speaking about confidence, charisma, diversity and sexism. Her TEDx talk on Charisma vs Stage-Fright was cited by James Caan as the secret of his presenting skills.
With her writing partner Philippa Waller, she contributed an episode of Young Dracula in 2014. She has co-written two books: The Improv Handbook with Tom Salinsky and Off the Mic with Marsha Shandur both published by Bloomsbury. She writes for Standard Issue Magazine. In 2018 The Guilty Feminist, a spin-off from her podcast was published.
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- "Friend of a Friend of Dorothy". The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. 29 August 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.[permanent dead link]
- "Voices in Your Head". Soho Theatre. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "The Beau Zeaux". So Television. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "The Beau Zeaux". Etcetera Theatre. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
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- "Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" Series 2". BBC Radio 4. 7 October 2016.
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- "TedxTalks". Charisma versus Stage Fright. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Caan, James (8 October 2015). "Wonder where I got my presenting skills from?". Twitter. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Young Dracula: Full House". IMDb. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "The Improv Handbook". Amazon.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Off the Mic: The World's Best Stand-Up Comedians Get Serious About Comedy". Amazon.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Standard Issue Magazine". Standard Issue. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Frances-White, Deborah (2018), The guilty feminist : from our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies, Virago, ISBN 978-0-349-01014-4