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- Shappi Korsandi - stand-up

Shappi Korsandi
Stand up comedienne Shappi Korsandi
Shappi Korsandi is a female stand-up comedian. She says that she's been female all her life but becoming a stand-up happened later.

In this edition we hear from Shappi as she performs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We find out about her background, the kind of material she uses in her act and her opinions about the British sense of humour.

Before you listen to the programme look at the comprehension questions below. You can hear the answers in the programme and check your understanding by trying the quiz in the 'Extras' section below. You can also download the complete programme and transcript.

1: Where does Shappi come from?
2: When did she start doing stand up?
3: What's the main source of material for her act?
4: What does she think typifies the British sense of humour?

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Vocabulary from the programme

stand up
a form of comedy when one person performs in front of a crowd while standing up

a comedy club
a place where people go to watch stand up comedians

an act, a routine
the name for the performance that a comedian gives

a rich source of humour
a subject which has a lot of opportunites for comedy

self-deprecating humour
making fun of yourself for comic effect

to crack a joke
to make or say a joke

to break the ice
to say or do something in a situation where people don't know each other which makes other people feel more comfortable and relaxed

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