Sooz Kempner

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Suzanna Kempner
Born (1985-02-01) 1 February 1985 (age 37)
EducationRoyal Academy of Music
Years active2009–present

Suzanna Maria Kempner (born 1 February 1985), also known as Sooz Kempner, is an English actress, singer and stand-up comedian who studied at the Royal Academy of Music.


Kempner's first stand-up gig was in 2009 at The Cavendish Arms.[1] On 27 February 2010 Kempner made it through to the semi-finals of the UK Musical Comedy Awards. She was named Best Newcomer in the competition and performed at the final on 26 March.[2] In March, she recorded the demo album for a new musical by Theresa Howard and Steve Edis, I Capture the Castle.

On 24 September 2012, Kempner won the Variety Award at the Funny Women Awards at the Leicester Square Theatre.[3] From February to March 2013, Kempner appeared as Katisha in the Pulling Focus production of The Mikado at The Tabard Theatre in West London.[4] Kempner's full Edinburgh Festival debut was at the 2014 fringe with the stand-up hour "Defying Gravity".[5] In a review for Chortle, Graeme Connelly observed that "There was a lot of singing from [Kempner], but it was very much second fiddle to her manic and frantic stand-up, a brilliantly light-hearted way of forming interludes between distinct segments".[6]

In 2018, Kempner performed her sixth solo show, "Super Sonic 90s Kid", at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2018, she performed in Doodle at the Waterloo East Theatre, The World Goes Round at the Stockwell Playhouse and as David Cameron in a new musical about Brexit by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera) and Jonny Woo. Kempner hosts the podcast Mystery on the Rocks, which began in 2019, with Chris Stokes and Masud Milas.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Sooz Kempner - First Gig, Worst Gig". British Comedy Guide. 8 May 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Magazine | Funny Women". Archived from the original on 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ Vale, Paul (25 February 2013). "Reviews / The Mikado". Archived from the original on 3 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Edinburgh 2014: Defying Gravity". Retrieved 10 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Connelly, Graeme. "Sooz Kempner: Defying Gravity : Reviews 2014 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  7. ^ "'I almost wet myself laughing': 50 funny podcasts to make you feel much better". the Guardian. 5 April 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  8. ^ Bennett, Steve (30 March 2019). "Comedy meets true crime podcast... in an old saloon". Chortle. Retrieved 27 May 2021.

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