Rachel Parris

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Rachel Parris
Rachel Parris.jpg
Parris appearing on Eggheads in 2008
Born
Rachel Sarah Parris

1984 (age 35–36)[1]
Leicester, England
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Central School of Speech and Drama
Years active2007–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2019)
Websitewww.rachelparris.com

Rachel Sarah Parris (born 1984) is an English comedian, musician, improviser and presenter who stars in The Mash Report on BBC Two.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Parris's stand-up comedy has been featured on Live at the Apollo,[4] and she has performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe,[5] including It's Fun To Pretend, which was expanded into a UK tour for 2018/19.[6]

She presented the fourth series of the Game of Thrones spin-off show Thronecast,[7] and A Girl's Guide to TV, a comic guide to how women can get ahead in television, which first aired on BBC2 on 10 June 2018.[8]

As an actor, Parris was cast in the BBC show BonBon,[9] and also appeared on The IT Crowd, Plebs and Count Arthur Strong.[10]

She has been a panellist on QI, Would I Lie to You? and Mock the Week. In 2017 she was a guest on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, in 2018 she was a guest on Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown podcast,[11][12] and in 2019 Richard Osman's House of Games.

Parris is a regular guest co-host on The Guilty Feminist podcast [13]

Parris was in one episode of Apple TV+'s Trying.[14]

Improvisational comedy[edit]

Parris began improv comedy in 2007 with The Oxford Imps and musical comedy in 2010.[15][16] As part of the Austentatious improv group,[17] she has performed in Edinburgh, London, and on a UK tour,[18] beginning a run at the Fortune Theatre in London from 18 February 2019.[19]

In 2014 Austentatious won the Chortle Award for Best Character, Improv or Sketch Act,[20] and DVDs of their live shows were released by Gofasterstripe in 2015 and 2018.[21]

Awards[edit]

In 2019, she was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance for her work on The Mash Report.

In 2019, Parris won the Chortle Award for Best Music and Variety Act[22]

In 2018, Parris was named Female First's Comedian of the Year, beating Tiffany Haddish, Amy Schumer and Ellen DeGeneres to the prize.[23]

She won runner-up placing in the annual Musical Comedy Awards competition in 2012, and has since headlined shows of theirs each year.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Parris attended Loughborough High School.[25] She holds a second-class (2:1) Music BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford and a master's degree from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama for acting.[26] On 16 September 2019, she married fellow comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

Television and radio credits[edit]

  • Trying, Apple TV+, 2020
  • Richard Osman's House of Games, BBC 2, 2019
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, BBC Radio 4, 2019
  • QI, BBC Two, 2019
  • Would I Lie To You, BBC One, 2019
  • Hypothetical, Dave, 2019
  • Private Passions, BBC Radio 3, 2019
  • Live at the Apollo, BBC One, 2018
  • Plebs, ITV 2, 2018
  • QI, BBC Two, 2018
  • Mock the Week, BBC Two, 2018
  • A Girl's Guide to TV, BBC Two, 2018
  • The Mash Report, BBC Two, 2017–present
  • Austentatious, BBC Radio 4, 2017
  • The Now Show, BBC Radio 4, 2016
  • Murder In Successville, BBC Three, 2015-2016
  • Thronecast, Sky Atlantic, 2014
  • The IT Crowd, Channel 4, 2013
  • Count Arthur Strong, BBC One, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On my radar: Rachel Parris on her cultural highlights". the Guardian. 4 July 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  2. ^ "This sketch destroys the idea that sexual harassment is complicated". indy100. The Independent. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Interview: Rachel Parris on The Mash Report, Thirty Christmases & Her London – To Do List". To Do List. To Do List. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  4. ^ "BBC Two Live at the Apollo, Series 14, Episode 4". bbc.co.uk. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Rachel Parris, comedian: tour dates Chorle: The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Rachel Parris Tickets, Rachel Parris Tour Dates * Concerts". LiveNation. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.,
  7. ^ "Rachel Parris exclusive interview". femalefirst.co.uk. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  8. ^ "BBC Two - A Girl's Guide to TV". BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Dead, Rich and Famous, Series 1, Murder in Successville – BBC Three". BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Rachel Parris - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  11. ^ British Comedy Guide - Podcasts
  12. ^ British Comedy Guide - Podcasts
  13. ^ "The Guilty Feminist".
  14. ^ "Someone Else's Kids on Apple TV+". Apple TV. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  15. ^ "If Only I'd Known: Rachel Parris". ideastap.com. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Rachel Parris: The Commission". Comedy Blogedy. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Austentatious – BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Forthcoming Dates, Austentatious". Austentatious. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  19. ^ "News, Austentatious". Austentatious. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  20. ^ Youtube - Chortle Awards 2014
  21. ^ Chortle - DVDs
  22. ^ Who Won the Chortle Awards?
  23. ^ "The Female First Awards 2018: Comedian of the Year". Female First. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  24. ^ "About the Musical Comedy Awards". Musical Comedy Awards. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  25. ^ Godsall, David (23 March 2018). "Celebrating Loughborough High School alumni". Loughborough Echo.
  26. ^ "Rachel Parris - LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 6 March 2018.

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