Zoe Lyons

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Zoe Lyons
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Birth name Zoe Ann Lyons
Born (1971-10-03) 3 October 1971 (age 45)
Haverfordwest, Wales
Medium Stand-up comedy, radio, television
Nationality British
Years active 2004–present
Genres Observational comedy
Notable works and roles Mock the Week
Website www.zoelyons.co.uk

Zoe Ann Lyons (born 3 October 1971) is a British comedian.[1]


Lyons graduated from the University of York in 1992 with a degree in psychology.[2]

She appeared on the reality television show Survivor in 2001 in its first series and was the 11th of the 14 contestants to be voted out of the competition. She was voted out after two members of her Ular tribe alliance (Richard and Jackie) aligned with the eventual winner, Charlotte to vote against her. She was voted out in a tie-breaker, where past votes from previous episodes come in to play.

In 2004 Lyons won the Funny Women Awards. Since then, she has toured the UK stand-up circuit, as well as playing regular gigs in London and Brighton. In 2007, her debut solo show, "Fight or Flight", was nominated for the best newcomer award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2008, her second solo show, "Mangled Mantra of the Messed up Modern Mind", featured a joke which was awarded digital television channel Dave's Joke of the Fringe.

Lyons featured in The Independent's tenth annual "Pink List" for 2009, detailing the 101 most influential lesbian and gay people in Britain. Lyons was placed at number 81.[3]

In 2011 as part of her second international tour, Lyons was invited to perform "Clownbusting" at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia. Reviews were favourable, with a critic from Australian Stage reporting: "I have renewed faith in stand-up comedy after seeing UK comedian Zoe Lyons. "Clownbusting" is a magnificently written and delivered show which holds from start to finish".[4]

Television and radio[edit]

Lyons' television credits include appearances on Mock the Week,[5] Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, The Paul O'Grady Show, The Wright Stuff (as a regular guest panelist) and Dave's One Night Stand.

Radio appearances have included Clive Anderson's Chat Room (BBC Radio 2), PMQ with Andy Parsons (BBC Radio 4), 4 Stands Up (BBC Radio 4), The Jon Richardson Show (BBC 6 Music) and The Christian O'Connell Solution (BBC Radio 5 Live) "Jo Caulfield Won't Shut Up" (BBC Radio 4) 2009

Personal life[edit]

Lyons was born in Haverfordwest in Wales but her family soon moved to Ireland, where she attended a Catholic primary school in Dunmore East. They later lived in Surrey and Glasgow. Lyon's first job was in a jam factory in Glasgow.[6][7][8]

Lyons, who is openly gay, lives in Brighton[9] and since 2015 has been married to a Dutch woman.[10]


  • Winner, London Awards for Art and Performance: Comedy, 2011
  • Nominated, Dave's Joke of the Fringe, 2009[11]
  • Winner, Dave's Joke of the Fringe, 2008[12]
  • Nominated, Best Newcomer, if.comedy Awards, 2007[13]
  • Winner, Funny Women Awards, 2004[14]
  • Finalist, ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, 2004[15]


  1. ^ "Pop Up Comic". Zoe Lyons. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Funny Woman". Grapevine. Alumni Office, University of York (Autumn 2005): 2. 
  3. ^ "British gay women make The Pink List". AfterEllen.com. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Clownbusting | Zoe Lyons". Australianstage.com.au. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Mock The Week - The Cast". Mocktheweek.tv. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Happyness 2014: Zoe Lyons". whatsonhighlands. 16 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "First Up: Zoe Lyons". Leicester Mercury. 26 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "When Sally Met Sally :: Interview with Zoe Lyons". When Sally Met Sally. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Comedy Blog: Michael McIntyre and Zoe Lyons". BBC. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  10. ^ "Manchester Pride Meets: Zoe Lyons". Manchester Pride. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 August 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Festival prize for Winehouse joke". BBC News. 22 August 2008. 
  13. ^ "Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2013 - newcomers". Comedyawards.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  14. ^ "Funny Women 2004 | Funny.co.uk - UK Comedy Site". Funny.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  15. ^ "the UK's largest collection of comedians biogs and photos". comedy cv. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 

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