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Chelsea Birkby: This is life cheeky cheeky (WIP)

7 Mar 2024



Sino Thai

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Chelsea Birkby: This is life cheeky cheeky (WIP)

Chelsea Birkby follows up her award-winning debut with a show about joy, despair and sexiness. Expect a patented mix of pop culture, philosophy and your Mum!
Funniest jokes of the fringe 2022 and 2023 (The Telegraph).
“A real star in the making” ****.5 The Sunday Post
“Sharply serious – but still somehow silly” **** Fest.
Writer for Mock the Week.
Ass seen on BBC.

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Thursday, 7 March 2024

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Access features:

No Step-free Access

Age guidance:


Running time:

55 mins

Festival strand:


Funny, Thought Provoking, Empowering


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Chelsea regularly performs her smart, silly and open-hearted stand-up at the UK's top comedy clubs and has been invited to perform in New York and Paris. She was a finalist and runner-up in several prestigious comedy competitions. She was tour support for Helen Bauer and Fern Brady.

She can be seen on BBC, heard on Radio 4, 5Live, Times Radio and various podcasts. She has written for several series of BBC's Mock The Week and for BBC Radio 4. Her writing has been featured in The Independent and the Metro.

Chelsea's highly-acclaimed debut comedy hour (10 x 4.5 and 4-star reviews) won Best Debut (Amused Moose Awards), was nominated for Best Show (Comedian's Choice Awards) and was mentioned on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme, listed in the funniest jokes of the fringe in The Times (x2) and The Telegraph and transferred for a sell-out run at London's Soho Theatre.

She can be seen performing at the top UK comedy clubs (Angel Comedy, Backyard, Komedia) and beloved nights (Jericho Comedy, XS Malarkey) and she’s regularly invited to perform in unconventional spaces (The National Gallery, Oxford Debating Hall, Cheltenham Literary Festival).

Chelsea co-runs a sell-out monthly female-led stand-up night in Bristol.

So You Think You're Funny Finalist 2018
Bath New Act 3rd place 2019
Leicester Square New Comedian Finalist 2021
Komedia New Act, Semi-Finalist 2020
2NorthDown New Act, Semi-Finalist 2020
New Online Comedian of the Year Finalist, 2nd Place 2020
Shortlisted for BBC New Comedy Award, 2022


Written for two seasons of Mock the Week
As heard on BBC Radio 5 Live
As featured on BBC Radio 4
As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra
As seen on Next Up

Top 20 jokes of the fringe 2022: The Telegraph
Top jokes of the fringe 2022: The Times (two jokes featured)
Winner Amused Moose Best Debut Show 2022
Shortlisted Best Show Comedians Choice Awards 2022

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“Packed with gags at a great hit rate, even in the more serious moments... destined for the top... “A real star in the making. With top notch references, a great stage presence and a brilliantly executed show, Birkby will no doubt soon be playing to bigger crowds and bigger rooms and it’ll be well deserved”. ★★★★.5 The Sunday Post
“You cannot help but really like her” ★★★★.5 The Phoenix Remix
“There’s a sharp mind behind the sweet exterior. As her writing credits on Mock the Week suggest, she knows how to craft a well-made one-liner. Birkby wins the audience’s affection so thoroughly... .The Fringe’s meekest “bad bitch”. ★★★★ The Telegraph
“A hugely promising and already accomplished stand-up, surely destined for greater things” ★★★★ The Scotsman
“A seriously promising show – deceptively smart, tightly structured, and delivered with chatty charm... Sharply serious – but still somehow silly” ★★★★ Fest
“Chelsea’s a natural and delivered a show that you’d expect for someone who has been playing Edinburgh for years.” ★★★★ RGM
“Both naughty and nice” “Has the feel of a conversation with friends” ★★★★ Ed Fringe Review
“Chelsea Birkby has the material and demeanour of a comedian who could make it all the way to the top... Her new comedic style has been established as a sort of polite rock star. It’s certainly unusual, but it’s hilarious.” ★★★★ Entertainment Now
“Peppered with good gags and a wide spectrum of pop-culture references, Birkby is a winsome and funny stage presence.” ★★★★ ThreeWeeks
“She can make a joke out of anything... She’s a charming comedian. The new and rebranded Chelsea focuses on sex, drugs and rock and roll in her set but in a hilariously off meta way” Deadline News
“Chelsea cooked up a good, intelligent set – her polished writing skills are laudable, a series of clever jokes built chiefly upon a solid foundation of audience interaction... Both touching and funny” Mumble
“Birkby shines when it comes to one-liners and quick gag... A brilliant career awa


A Pinch of VAULT is a festival of brand new and work-in-progress performance. Shows will be at varying stages of development, including rehearsed readings with script in hand, first time on its feet or semi-staged.


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