Sofie Hagen

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Sofie Hagen
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Sofie Hagen at Crap Comedy Festival in 2017
Born10 November 1988[1]

Sofie Hagen is a London-based Danish comedian and fat acceptance campaigner. They have toured with comedy shows and hosted a number of podcasts.


Sofie Hagen was born in Denmark on 10 November 1988.[1]

Hagen moved to London in September 2012 to perform regular comedy.[2] In 2013, Time Out identified Hagen as "One to Watch".[3] Hagen won the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year the same year; the first woman to win the award.[4]

In August 2015, Hagen took their debut hour show, Bubblewrap, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show was favourably received, with 5-star reviews from ThreeWeeks, The Skinny, and the Daily Mirror.[5][6][7] Bubblewrap also received 4 star reviews from Chortle, Time Out, Beyond the Joke, The Herald, The Sunday Times and Fest Magazine.[8][9][10][11][12][13] The show won the Fosters sponsored Edinburgh Comedy Awards for Best Newcomer.[14] In November, Virago Press published her essay in the collection I Call Myself a Feminist.[15]

In July 2016, Hagen appeared in the Channel 4 miniseries Outsiders.[16] They took their second solo show, Shimmer Shatter to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.[17][18] They attempted to make her next tour welcoming for fans with anxiety issues by allowing them to contact them before shows to let her know their needs. They also asked the majority of venues on the tour to provide gender neutral toilets for fans who do not identify as male or female.[19]

The Guardian describes Hagen on stage as having "an easy charm ... and an ability to combine delicate subject matter with big, accessible laughs."[20]

Hagen espouses the fat acceptance movement. In January 2018, they wrote an article in The Guardian calling for people to stop dieting, labelling it as "boring", "triggering", and "neither feminist – nor healthy".[21] In February 2018, Hagen gained attention for calling for Cancer Research UK to pull their campaign that highlights obesity as the second most common cause of cancer. After directing angry comments towards the cancer charity on Twitter,[22] they described the campaign as "fat shaming" and said that there was proof that dieting is more dangerous than obesity.[1] Cancer Research UK reiterated the scientific proof behind their statements.[23]


Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award – 'Best Newcomer' Nominees 2015
  • 2012 – Funny Women Awards – Finalist[24]
  • 2012 – Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2012 – 3rd place[25]
  • 2013 – Laughing Horse New Act of the Year – Winner[4]
  • 2014 – Chortle Awards Best Newcomer – Winner[26]
  • 2015 – Fosters' Best Newcomer Award – Winner[14]
  • 2016 – Danish Comedian of the Year – Nominee[27]


Hagen hosted Comedians Telling Stuff, a podcast series where they asks six questions of six comedians.[28] The show began in August 2013 and ran for nine seasons before ending in 2016.[29][30] Guests have included Susan Calman, Nick Helm, Richard Herring, Michael Legge, Josie Long, Colin Mochrie, Pappy's, Katherine Ryan, and Arthur Smith, as well as younger comedians and comedians from Denmark.[31]

From December 2015 to December 2016, Hagen co-hosted The Guilty Feminist podcast with Deborah Frances-White.[32]

In 2016, Hagen created the Made of Human comedy podcast, in which she interviews various comedians.[33] The New Statesman named Made of Human one of their top 10 podcasts in 2017.[34] The Blurt Foundation named Made of Human one of their top 10 podcasts in 2018.[35] Hannah Parkinson from The Guardian interviewed Hagen about Made of Human when she visited Edinburgh and named it a top podcast from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[36] Hagen has interviewed many notable guests including Cameron Esposito, Aisling Bea, Mark Watson, Lolly Adefope, Hari Kondabolu, Nish Kumar, Katherine Ryan, and Sara Pascoe.[37]

In 2018, Hagen created the Secret Dinosaur Cult podcast with fellow comedian Jodie Mitchell. They talk about dinosaurs and their daddy issues on their podcast. Their episodes are recorded in front of a live audience in London, at their so-called cult meetings. Each week they feature a new funny story about dinosaur porn that they find online. [38]


  1. ^ a b "Sofie Hagen on Twitter".
  2. ^ Hotson, Elizabeth (24 May 2013). "Foreign comedians stand up for the UK". BBC Business. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ "One to watch: Sofie Hagen". February 6, 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Past Years Winners and Runners Up". Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  5. ^ Shannon, Ben (27 August 2015). "ED2015 Comedy Review: Sofie Hagen – Bubblewrap (Sofie Hagen / PBH's Free Fringe)". ThreeWeeks. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  6. ^ Venables, Ben (14 August 2015). "Fringe Comedy Reviews: Three Top Newcomers". The Skinny. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  7. ^ Nicholson, John (24 August 2015). "Top 5 jokes from the Edinburgh Festival today plus Joseph Morpurgo, Sofie Hagen, Garrett Millerick, Daphne Do Edinburgh and Alfie Brown reviews". The Mirror. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  8. ^ Fleckney, Paul (August 13, 2015). "Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap". Chortle. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap". August 21, 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  10. ^ Dessau, Bruce (August 15, 2015). "Edinburgh Fringe Review: Sofie Hagen, Liquid Room Annexe". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  11. ^ Anderson, Gayle (27 August 2015). "Fringe Comedy reviews: Tez Ilyas, Pleasance Courtyard; Eleanor Tiernan, Laughing Horse@The White Horse; Sofie Hagen, The Liquid Rooms and George Next Door". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  12. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (August 23, 2015). "Crowning glories". Sunday Times. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  13. ^ Beswick, Evan (August 23, 2015). "Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Best Newcomers". Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  15. ^ Williams, Holly (20 November 2015). "I Call Myself a Feminist and Letter to a Young Generation: 'From zinging truth to giddy faith' – book reviews". The Independent. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  16. ^ Henry, Anne (10 August 2016). "Depressed about Brexit? Outsiders is the comedy that makes you want to stay in". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  17. ^ Logan, Brian (8 August 2016). "Sofie Hagen at Edinburgh festival review – love, neuroses and laser-guided gags". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  18. ^ Donaldson, Brian (15 August 2016). "Sofie Hagen: Shimmer Shatter". The List. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  19. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Sofie Hagen aims for 'reduced-anxiety' gigs : News 2016 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  20. ^ Logan, Brian (29 August 2015). "Sam Simmons wins the Foster's Edinburgh comedy award 2015". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  21. ^ Hagen, Sofie (15 January 2018). "Why I'm giving up January diets for life – and why you should ditch yours too". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  22. ^ "People who see the Cancer Research obesity ad as fat-shaming are deluded". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  23. ^ Horton, Helena (1 March 2018). "Award-winning comedian accuses Cancer Research of 'fat-shaming' for launching campaign against obesity". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  24. ^ "Funny Women Awards 2012 Finalist – Sofie Hagen". Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  25. ^ "New Comedian of the Year". Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  26. ^ "Chortle Awards Winners and Nominees". 10 January 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  27. ^ "Sofie Hagen joins the great Danes". Chortle. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  28. ^ "Top of the pods: this month's comedy podcast pick". Time Out London. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  29. ^ "In This Very First Episode". Tumblr. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  30. ^ "PODCASTS". Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  31. ^ Hagen, Sofie. "Comedians Telling Stuff". Soundcloud. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  32. ^ "The Guilty Feminist – The comedy podcast hosted by Deborah Frances-White". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  33. ^ "Sofie Hagen is creating the Made Of Human Podcast | Patreon". Patreon. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  34. ^ Crampton, Caroline (16 December 2017). "From S-Town to Made of Human: the best podcasts of 2017". New Statesman.
  35. ^ "Mental Health: Our Favourite Podcasts". The Blurt Foundation. 3 May 2018.
  36. ^ Parkinson, Hannah Jane (12 August 2018). "The week in radio and podcasts: Made of Human; The Edinburgh Fringe Show; Reasons to be Cheerful". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712.
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  38. ^ "Secret Dinosaur Cult". Retrieved 21 December 2018.

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