Solon in a 2009 comedy sketch
|Birth name||Laura Madalene Solon|
|Born||April 1979 (age 41)|
London Borough of Merton, England, UK
|Medium||Television, theatre, radio|
|Genres||Sketch comedy, stand-up, comedy films|
|Notable works and roles||Man Stroke Woman|
Laura Solon: Talking and Not Talking
Laura, Ben and Him
Harry and Paul
Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder
Laura Madalene Solon (born April 1979) is an English screenwriter, comedian, actress, and winner of the 2005 Perrier Comedy Award. She was the second woman to win as a solo performer, after Jenny Eclair in 1995.
She was raised in Great Kimble near Aylesbury. She attended Downe House School followed by Worcester College, Oxford where she received a scholarship to read English and started writing and performing in the Oxford Revue.
In 2005 she won the Perrier Award for her one-woman Edinburgh Fringe show Kopfraper's Syndrome: One Man and His Incredible Mind. Following this the BBC and Channel 4 were keen to acquire her to produce material for them, and in April 2006 it was announced by the BBC that Solon had been signed to develop projects for them on Radio and TV.
The first series of Laura Solon: Talking and Not Talking, a sketch and character comedy series, ran on BBC Radio 4 in January and February 2007. The second series ran in May and June 2008, and the third in November 2009.
She appeared in Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse's sketch show Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul, broadcast from 2007 on BBC One. She was seen in a sketch show for ITV2 Laura, Ben and Him (2008) with Marek Larwood and Ben Willbond. She was part of Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder, shown on ITV1.
In the first half of 2010 she toured with Rabbit Faced Story Soup, a play set in a publisher's office in which she played every character. It contained characters from her radio show, Talking and Not Talking, including Carol Price, a divorcee children's author, and Gwynneth the inept call centre worker. New characters included Marcia, an American super publishing agent.
Kopfraper's Syndrome: One Man and His Incredible Mind
The title is a holdover from an entirely different show that Solon had planned to perform with a male partner. When the partner dropped out she rewrote the show in the three weeks leading up to the festival but retained the title in order not to negate the value of the advance publicity or confuse those who had already purchased tickets.
Solon plays eight different characters in the show, which consists of sketches of varying lengths, including:
- An Andrew Lloyd Webber fan
- Caroline, an Australian disabled housewife who is possessed by the ghost of Diana, Princess of Wales
- Karen, a prize-winning beautician
- Borgesia, a Polish story-teller
- A wedding planner from Rotherham
- A hunter who does not believe in zebras
- Katrina, a corporate high-flier with an irrational terror of the Chinese
- A marketing assistant forced to dress as a bookworm
- Ed Reardon's Week - Lucy, in Series 3
- Laura Solon: Talking and Not Talking (2007–09)
- Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio - Stand-in for Emily Dean (2009, 2011–12)
- Dave Gorman on Absolute Radio - Stand-in for Danielle Ward (2010)
- Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul (2007-)
- Laura, Ben and Him (2008)
- Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder (2009)
- Have I Got News for You (2010)
- Fast and Loose (2011)
- Hot in Cleveland (2010-2015, writer, six episodes)
- Back to Life (2019, writer)
Solon has adapted comedy film screenplays for movies such as Office Christmas Party, and In Her Shoes, and has had original screenplays (Work It and Bodyguards) optioned by Bluegrass Films. Solon has also written episodes for season 5 and 6 of Hot in Cleveland.
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- Great News
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- "Tooty's Wedding". LA Comedy Fest. 2011. Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
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- Mann, Andrea (15 December 2011). "British Comedy Short 'Tooty's Wedding' Is Sundance-Bound (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)". Huffington Post UK. Aol (UK). Retrieved 15 December 2011.
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- Busch, Anita (15 August 2016). "Universal Pictures Picks Up 'Bodyguards' Pitch For Bluegrass Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 June 2017.