Olga Koch

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Olga Koch
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Olga Alfredovna Kokh

(1992-09-01) 1 September 1992 (age 30)
NationalityRussian, British
Alma materNew York University
OccupationStand-up comedian
Years active2016–present
Notable workBBC Radio 4’s Olga Koch: Fight, Just Friends, If/Then, Homecoming
AwardsWriter's Guild Awards for Best Radio Comedy Show

Olga Alfredovna Koch (Russian: Ольга Альфредовна Кох; born 1 September 1992)[1] is a Russian-British stand-up comedian, writer, and actress.

Early life[edit]

Koch is the daughter of Alfred Koch, head of the State Committee for State Property Management of the Russian Federation from 1996 to 1997.[2]

When she was 13, her family moved to the UK, settling in Surrey, where she was educated at The American School in England.[3] She studied computer programming at New York University,[4][5][6] and also trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[7]


Koch's first show was in 2016, entitled Me, Me, Me. This was followed by Data Night and Good Vibes in 2017.[3] In 2018, she was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her debut hour, Fight.[2] She was named Quantum Leopard Champion of Champions for 2018, jointly with Zoë Tomalin.[8]

A recording of her next show If / Then was released as a vinyl record on Monkey Barrel Records in November 2020.[9]

She has appeared on The Now Show, Mock the Week, Pls Like, Richard Osman's House of Games, Pointless Celebrities and QI, and written for Newsjack and BBC Three's A Quickie in the Office.[10][11]

In 2020 Koch hosted a web series for Dave called ‘Bad Advice with Olga Koch’.

Koch regularly appears in lineups for charity shows, most notably hosting Canned Laughter's Karaoke Roulette.[12]

Her BBC Radio 4's Olga Koch: Fight won the 2022 The Best Radio Comedy Award at Writers’ Guild Awards winners.[13]

As of March 2022, she is working on a show called "Just Friends" (WIP).[14]

Her show "Homecoming" was released on Amazon Prime in May 2022 as part of Soho Theatre Live.[15]

Olga will be appearing in the third series of Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, after filming took place in July 2022.

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Angel, London.[16]


  1. ^ Olga Koch [@rocknrolga] (29 August 2018). "OH MY GOD IT'S ALSO MY BIRTHDAY ON SATURDAY 🙈🙈🙈" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b Logan, Brian (27 August 2018). "Olga Koch review – from Russia with love and oligarchs". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b Dessau, Bruce (6 June 2018). "Comedian Olga Koch says she feels like she's speaking for all Russians when she goes onstage". Evening Standard.
  4. ^ "Olga Koch Top Secret Comedy Club Covent Garden London". Top Secret Comedy Club.
  5. ^ "TOM WALKER + OLGA KOCH". www.bac.org.uk.
  6. ^ "Olga Koch on Russia and stand-up comedy: The Skinny". www.theskinny.co.uk.
  7. ^ Powder Blue Internet Business Solutions. "Olga Koch, comedian tour dates". www.chortle.co.uk. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  8. ^ "Quantum Leopard Comedy [post]". Facebook. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  9. ^ "Monkey Barrel Records". Crowdfunder UK. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  10. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Olga Koch". British Comedy Guide.
  11. ^ Mock The Week [@MockTheWeek] (30 May 2019). "Show Day! Joining Dara and Hugh this week are @TheNewsAtGlenn @AngelaBarnes @tomallencomedy @EdGambleComedy and first timer @rocknrolga tune in to #BBC2 at 10pm" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Hawkins, Si (25 October 2019). "First Gig, Worst Gig - Olga Koch". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Writers' Guild Awards winners". Writers' Guild of Great Britain. 14 February 2022. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Olga Koch: Just Friends (WIP) - performances | Pleasance Theatre Trust". www.pleasance.co.uk. Archived from the original on 15 February 2022. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  15. ^ "Release date set for Soho Theatre Live season three". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  16. ^ CANCELLED w/ Olga Koch, retrieved 7 May 2021

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