Annie McGrath is a comedian renowned for her joke writing skills and deadpan style. She is also a talented artist and host of Acast podcast, Secret Artists. She curated Art is the Best Medicine, an exhibition of artworks by comedians to raise money for Mental Health UK, which featured on the front page of the Guardian Guide and in the Evening Standard, Financial Times, iNews, Chortle, Beyond the Joke and Country & Town House. Artists involved in the exhibition include Vic Reeves, Harry Hill, Josie Long, Jenny Eclair, Jessica Hynes, Alex Horne and Tim Key.
Annie was selected to be part of a line-up of alternative stand-up and character comedians on Channel 4’s Sparks series produced by Blink. She has also appeared in a number of comedy sketches for the Sparks strand, as well as co-writing and starring in Channel 4’s Girls Go Trolling. She has appeared in numerous sketches on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM and her football skills have even made it onto BBC3. Annie’s stand up has featured on Audible, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 4 Extra and her writing has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack. She appeared alongside Gemma Whelan in The Blue Door, an award-winning horror film which was nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Short Film (2019) and has gained international recognition at a number of short film festivals worldwide.
Annie makes regular online content with independent producers Turtle Canyon Comedy. One of her sketches led her to become a finalist in the Funny Women Awards 2018 (PanettoneGate). Her most recent project with Turtle Canyon is the 5-part web series Baby Shower, which was featured in British Comedy Guide and Beyond the Joke and was runner-up for Best Web Series at the 2019 Funny Women Awards.
Annie took her debut stand-up show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, where she was awarded one of Dave’s Top Ten Funniest Jokes of the Fringe. She returned in 2017 with her second show Ambivert, which included The Telegraph’s Funniest One-Liners from the Fringe 2017. Her latest Fringe show Shepherd was met with critical acclaim (“nothing but masterful” – Shortcom) and led to a Soho Theatre run. Annie performs at clubs and theatres nationwide, as well as festivals including Latitude, Green Man, Cornbury, VAULT Festival, Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Buxton Fringe, Aberystwyth Comedy Festival and the Camden Fringe. Annie also did a tweet about spinach that went viral.
Aside from stand-up, Annie writes and performs as one half of the double-act Twins with Jack Barry (“Two razor-sharp comedy minds” – EdFringe Review). Turtle Canyon Comedy filmed their 2015 show Twins: Pret A Comedy for the online comedy platform NextUp. Annie founded the University of Leeds’ Comedy Society and was part of the university’s sketch group The Leeds Tealights (National Student’s Best Student Sketch Group) for three years as a performer, writer and producer.
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