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“Glasgow-born comic Calman is a dead-cert-one-to-watch; she’s got an infectious bubbly manner but a caustic edge too, and both can yield comedy gold”
Susan Calman used to be a corporate lawyer but in 2006 she decided to give it all up to be a comedian. She reached the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards and ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ and was a finalist in the prestigious ‘Funny Women’ competition in 2006. She won Best MC at the Chortle awards in 2012 and 2013.

In 2007 Susan was cast in ‘Ugly Kid’, a sketch show which was a sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival and following critical acclaim, was commissioned as a pilot for Channel 4. The show was renamed ‘Blowout’ and the cast went on to be awarded a Scottish BAFTA that same year.

On Radio 4 Susan has appeared on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Now Show, Dilemma, So Wrong it’s Right and presented Woman’s Hour. Occasionally, Susan is allowed on television and has so far acted in How Not to Live your Life, Rab C Nesbitt, Dead Boss and Fresh Meat. She’s also appeared on Have I Got News for You, QI, Don’t Sit In The Front Row, 8 out of 10 cats and Would I Lie to You.
Susan recently recorded a second series of her Radio show “Susan Calman is Convicted”. The first series won both the Writers’ Guild award and the Comedy.co.uk award for best Radio Show.
Susan continues to gig around the country and is performing at the Edinburgh Fringe again in 2014.

“Confident, compact…cracking.”  EVENING STANDARD ★★★★

“Susan Calman’s got my vote for Scotland’s First Lady of Comedy.” THE LIST  ★★★★

“Calman is a wee gem, fast on the way to becoming a national treasure.”  EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE ★★★★

“She is one of the best satirists working in the UK today.”  SCOTSGAY


July 12, 2014
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Globe Theatre at The Bedford
0208 682 8940
The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9HD United Kingdom
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It’s back and better than ever! South London gets its ribs seriously tickled at Banana Cabaret’s 2014 Balham Comedy Festival from Friday 11 to Saturday 19 July

“The Balham Comedy Festival celebrates all that’s great about the live comedy scene - motivated by a love of all that’s great in stand-up. ” Harry Hill

A raft of home grown and international talent descends on The Bedford across 8 nights and 9 days of uproarious hilarity, giving comedy fans a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with artists they know, and those they don’t know they love yet but soon will! There will also be special daytime events for parents with children plus complimentary comedy workshops.

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  • Susan Calman

    July 12, 2014 @ 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
  • Contact Info


    All shows are at The Bedford in Balham

    Phone:    0208 682 8940
    Email:     pamela@bananacabaret.co.uk
    Address: The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD