Glasgow Comedy Festival


Ayesha Hazarika
State of the Nation - Politics, power and how we lost the plot

Oran Mor
Sunday 11 March


Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country and now she brings her one woman show to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.

Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought-after commentator writing for the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia.

Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots. Her one-woman show 'Tales from the Pink Bus' was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh festival and she's been in huge demand on TV and radio recently starring as a guest on Matt Forde’s Unspun for Dave. Further credits include regular appearances on Good Morning Britain (ITV), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Agenda (ITV) and The Today Programme (BBC Radio4).

Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what's next for British politics.

State of the Nation is one of the best things to come out of British politics in a long time.

‘One of 9 Hilarious Women to Look Out for in 2017’ The Metro

‘Hazarika is terrific company - relaxed, mischievous and with a mind like a steel trap…go and see what she has to say.’ **** The Scotsman

‘Not only is she extremely funny, but she uses her inside knowledge of the Labour machine to deadly effect. Though always sharp and on the money, she is never cruel and manages to create a world I never thought possible. Catch her if you can.’ John Crace, The Guardian April 2017

‘A timely, tantalising show’ Beyond The Joke, Bruce Dessau April 2017

‘Hazarika is an acute observer of the political world’ Arts Desk April 2017

‘Hazarika’s return to stand up is also public service, never less than entertaining’

The Guardian

‘Insightful, humorous and at times simply ‘hide behind the sofa’ stuff’

**** Edinburgh Reporter

‘Patently super smart and extremely eloquent, she offers an intriguing insight’

The Herald