Sarah Kendall

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Sarah Kendall
Born (1976-08-03) 3 August 1976 (age 45)
OccupationComedian, actress
Spouse(s)Henry Naylor

Sarah Kendall (born 3 August 1976)[1][2] is an Australian comedian from Newcastle, New South Wales. She won the Raw Comedy competition in 1998, regularly appeared on Australian television. She moved to the United Kingdom in 2000 at the age of 24.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kendall grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales and attended Merewether High School. She moved on to Sydney University at the age of 18. She began her career in 1996 partaking in the annual 'Review' show. Of it she said: “It started at university where there was a stand-up competition which some of my friends said I should do but I was too scared to do it. I was a genuine coward about it all and that in itself started to bug me, so eventually I got up on stage. I hated every single minute of it and was sick beforehand. But that made even more determined because I couldn’t work out why my fear was so disproportionate to the thing I was doing. It was just me talking for five minutes and so what if I got booed off stage. After about seven or eight years I eventually got it under control.”[4]

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Kendall has performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 2003, with her 2004 show being nominated for the Perrier award. She has also performed in the Melbourne Comedy Festival since 2000.

Kendall talked about how she has reviewed her own comic response to a heckler who threatened her with sexual violence during a routine in an article in The Guardian on 2 August 2014. She said, "I built a routine around it – but looking back, I betrayed the seriousness of the incident". Kendall remarked that she dropped the routine because it started to sit uncomfortably with her.[5]

Television and radio[edit]

Kendall has been a "special guest" on the BBC Radio 2 comedy show Parsons and Naylor's Pull-Out Sections.

She was part of an all-female sketch comedy show called Beehive also starring Alice Lowe, Barunka O'Shaughnessy and Clare Thomson, which was aired on E4.[6]

She was a guest stand up comic on BBC Three's Russell Howard's Good News.

From 2010 she took the role of Libby McKenzie, an Australian character introduced in Series 6 of the BBC Radio 4 series Clare in the Community.

On 23 November 2012 Kendall appeared on BBC Radio 4's satirical news show The Now Show, and on 4 May 2015 appeared in The Vote Now Show, one of six election specials.[7]

Kendall appeared on the Dave TV series Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.

She was a guest on BBC Radio 4's Quote... Unquote on 21 September 2015.[8]

In March 2017, her three-part series Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. A second volume of Sarah Kendall's Australian Trilogy was aired in August 2018.[9]

She has also appeared in Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast in 2021, in which Herring took issue with an article that suggested she met her husband at the Edinburgh fringe, she revealed that they in fact met at a Melbourne Comedy festival. She was also featured in a Georg Jensen commercial.

She appeared in the season finale episode of the first season of Motherland, originally aired on BBC2, as a nanny.

In 2019, Kendall created, wrote and starred in the comedy TV series Frayed, renewed in 2021.[10]

Kendall was the winner of Series 11 of the comedy game show Taskmaster.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Kendall is married to Henry Naylor and has two children.


2018 Chortle Awards –Best Radio Award –Australian Trilogy - NOMINEE

2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards –Best Scripted Comedy - A Day In October (Australian Trilogy) - WINNER

2017 UK Writers Guild Ceremony – Best Scripted Comedy (Radio) – Australian Trilogy - WINNER

2017 Best Fictional Storytelling - WINNER 2015

2015 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award –Best Comedy Show - NOMINEE

2014 Piece of Wood, Melbourne International Comedy Festival - WINNER

2007 Three Weeks, Editor’s Choice Award - WINNER

2006 Time Out Comedy Award - NOMINEE

2004 Perrier Award - NOMINEE

2003 Herald Angel- WINNER


  1. ^ Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast - with Sarah Kendall #89 YouTube
  2. ^ Anderson, W. (2015). [podcast] WILOSOPHY with Sarah Kendall. Available at:
  3. ^ Dessau, Bruce (15 May 2018). "Sarah Kendall on small lies and being mistaken for Nicole Kidman". Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  4. ^ "It's comedy catnip from Sarah Kendall". Gazette. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  5. ^ Sarah Kendall (31 July 2014). "Sarah Kendall: the worst heckle I ever received – and what I did with it | Stage". Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Girls just wanna have funny... : News 2008 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  7. ^ BBC Radio 4 - The Vote Now Show, Series 2, Episode 5
  8. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Quote... Unquote, 21/09/2015
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  10. ^ "Token Profile page". Excellence Through Guesswork. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  11. ^ Taskmaster Series 11 Cast Reveal
  12. ^ Seddon, Dan (20 May 2021). "Taskmaster announces series 11 champion". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 May 2021.