I'm feeling incredibly proud of my lovely stand-up comedy course at Komedia Brighton graduate fast rising BBC comedy writer Tasha Dhanraj. Tash did my Komedia Brighton comedy course when she was just 14!
I met Tash and her parents at the Brighton heat of comedy competition "So You Think You're Funny" at the Komedia. She was the youngest person ever to enter "SYTYF." The age limit for my stand-up comedy classes is strictly eighteen but I watched Tash in her "SYTYF" heat that night, and her potential for a career in comedy was blindingly obvious. She was also one of the most together and mature people in the room. She blew us all away.
Tash joined my stand-up comedy course at Komedia Brighton where she continued to be the most together and mature person in the room. And I had the great pleasure of being part of her journey into stand-up comedy and comedy writing. Tash's career as a professional comedy writer took off when an online comedy sketch she created with Hannah George for BBC Three went viral. It can and it does happen...
So - my youngest stand-up comedy course graduate and very fast rising comedy writer Tasha Dhanraj has just been taken on by BBC Studios Audio as a staff writer, and she is having the time of her life writing comedy material for shows she always dreamed of writing for, including Mock The Week, Horrible Histories, Newsjack and she's been in the writers room for Hypothetical and the Late Late Show with James Corden. She's also written for and has exciting comedy projects in development with Channel 4, Comedy Central and Aardman. It's all so exciting!
There is absolutely nothing that makes me happier than when one of my lovely stand-up comedy course graduates breaks through in the comedy business. The future is looking so bright for our wonderful Tash Dhanraj. And we are all so incredibly proud of her.