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Shaparak "Shappi" Khorsandi (Persian: شاپرک خرسندی) is an Iranian-born, UK-raised comedienne. She was born in Iran, but early in her life her family was forced to flee Iran for London after the Islamic Revolution, after her father Hadi Khorsandi published a satirical poem perceived as being critical of the revolutionary regime. Shappi was raised without any religion.

Khorsandi performs stand-up comedy, having been a noted performer at Joe Wilson's Comedy Madhouse throughout 1997. She has appeared on many BBC Radio 4 programmes, including Quote... Unquote, Loose Ends, You and Yours, Midweek, Just A Minute, The Now Show and The News Quiz, as well as BBC Television's Have I Got News For You. In July 2009 she hosted her own 4-part series, Shappi Talk on BBC Radio 4, examining what it is like growing up in multi-cultural families. She also writes an occasional column for online magazine Iranian.com.

In 2007, she made her first trip to Australia and the Melbourne Comedy Festival with her show "Asylum Speaker". She also appeared live on the Australia comedy talk show Rove. Later, she was nominated for best breakthrough act at the 2007 Chortle Awards.

In December 2008, she appeared on the BBC stand-up television show Live at the Apollo alongside Russell Kane and Al Murray. She also made an appearance on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow on 20 June 2009, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 26 June 2009 and 8 Out of 10 Cats on 10 July 2009.

Khorsandi's memoir, A Beginner's Guide to Acting English, was published by Ebury Press on 2 July 2009.

She performed her show, The Distracted Activist, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 6–31 August 2009.

She was a panellist on Question Time in 2006, and returned on the first edition in 2010 on 14 January. During that show, she mentioned, that her political support goes to Labour.

She performed on the second episode of Let's Dance for Sport Relief 2010 she danced to Mickey.

In 2010, Khorsandi took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.

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