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Angela Barnes

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9 November 1976

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Angela Barnes (born 9 November 1976 in Sidcup, London)[1] is a BBC New Comedy Awards winning English comedian.[2] The late Linda Smith is her comedy hero.[3]

Early life[]

Barnes was brought up in Maidstone, Kent.[4] She went to Invicta Grammar School then, in 1996, the University of Sussex in Brighton[5]

Comedy career[]

During the summer of 2008, Barnes lost her father, who was an important influence on her comedy and had always encouraged her to become a comedian. A year after his death, she decided that life was too short not to. She did a 12-week workshop[6] in Brighton and a few months later started her stage career, 18 months later she won the competition.[7]

Since winning the BBC Radio 2's New Comedy Award 2011, Barnes has continued to be a regular on the stand-up circuit, playing even bigger venues. She has also appeared on Weekend Wogan's Children in Need Special and Russell Kane's Whistlestop Tour for Radio 2, written for Radio 4's The News Quiz, played on Eddie Izzard's Laughs in the Park on BBC Two, appeared on Russell Howard's Good News[8] on BBC Three, developed her own series with BBC Radio Comedy, and performed at the Latitude Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park.[9]

In June 2013, Barnes became noted for an article in The Guardian that followed a blog post she had written, where she spoke about how she felt society treated people deemed ugly and her feelings as someone who self-identified as such.[10] she returned to the subject in 2015 as the subject of her Edinburgh Fringe Show "Come As You Are"[11]

In November 2013, Barnes joined the cast of the topical show Stand Up for the Week[8] and, in February 2014, appeared on Radio 4's The Now Show. In November 2014 she appeared on Radio 4's The News Quiz and has become a regular panellist.

She has also appeared on Mock the Week on BBC Two and Dave's As Yet Untitled[8] alongside Alan Davies, Janet Street-Porter and Michael Ball and in mid-2016 toured New Zealand.[12]

In 2016, along with numerous other celebrities such as Ken Loach and Michael Rosen, Barnes toured the UK to support Jeremy Corbyn's bid to become Prime Minister.[13][14]

In December 2016, it was announced she was the new host of the show Newsjack[15]

In 2017, as part of her show in the Edinburgh fringe "Fortitude" she did a gig in a nuclear bunker[16]. In January 2018 she appeared on Live at the Apollo and started to tour "Fortitude" which is about turning 40, being child free, and nuclear bunkers[17].


You Can't Take It With You[]

Stand-up series. Based on her critically acclaimed début show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, You Can't Take It With You, the show covers important topics such as life, love, family, work and death.

The four-episode series is in part a tribute to her characterful late father, who was a sex shop manager, naturist, and an enthusiast for caravans and pranks, and a heavy influence on Barnes. He taught her a 'Carpe diem' approach to life, and the show takes its name from his motto.[18]

Awards and nominations[]

  • BBC New Comedy Awards 2011: Winner


  1. Burgess, Marissa (1 August 2017). "Angela Barnes – 'I'm a proud member of the Peter Pan generation'", Edinburgh Festival. Retrieved on 9 September 2017. 
  2. "Angela Barnes wins BBC New Comedy Award 2011". British Comedy Guide (19 June 2011). Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  3. "Radio 2s New Comedy Award winner Angela Barnes looks forward to Maidstone homecoming". (26 June 2011). Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  4. Dave Green (25 November 2015). "Maidstone with Angela Barnes – Hometowns – Ep 7".
  5. "Angela's Fringe benefits". (3 August 2011). Retrieved on 30 June 2014.
  6. "Workshop Graduate Angela Barnes Wins BBC New Comedy Award 2011!!!". Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops (18 June 2011). Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  7. "Angela Barnes's News". Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide (22 February 2012). Retrieved on 30 June 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 2339095 Angela Barnes at the Internet Movie Database
  9. "Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park – 2012 – Acts". BBC Radio 2 (9 September 2012). Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  10. Barnes, Angela (17 January 2012). "I am ugly, and proud of it". The Guardian. Retrieved on 14 November 2013.
  11. "Angela Barnes on why it's good to be a self-deprecating comedian", The Herald Scotland (27 August 2015). Retrieved on 28 August 2015. 
  12. "Bringing the Big Laughs to Kiwi Hot Spots! | Scoop News".
  13. "#JC4PM". jc4pmtour (28 July 2015). Retrieved on 15 July 2017.
  14. Wilkinson, Michael (1 February 2016). "Celebrities to tour Britain in 'Jeremy Corbyn For Prime Minister' musical show", The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 15 July 2017. 
  15. Solutions. "Angela Barnes to host Newsjack : News 2016 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide".
  16. Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Hope she doesn't bomb... : Punching Up 2017 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide".
  17. "Angela Barnes: Fortitude".
  18. Guide, British Comedy. "Angela Barnes: You Can't Take It With You – Radio 4 Stand-Up – British Comedy Guide".

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