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Critically acclaimed actress, comedian and writer Alison Thea-Skot is the rising star of surreal, joyous, unhinged character comedy. Beginning her ventures on stage with a sketch group under the direction of Foster’s Award Winner Adam Riches, she launched onto the comedy scene as a solo character act using her knockout singing voice to play ‘Britain’s Number One Vocal Coach’. Within her first year she had reached the final of both The Funny’s Funny and Funny Women Competitions.
A polished performer with great stage presence (and a brilliant impressionist to boot) she has taken four solo comedy shows to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Human Tuning Fork, Miss Adventures, Some Like It Thea-Skot and It’s Thea-Skot in here (so take off all your clothes). At the fringe she has enjoyed sell out the runs, was selected as part of The Telegraph’s Best of the Fringe, Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe and featured on The BBC Culture Show. Her last two shows have also been selected for runs at The Soho Theatre.
Alison is also a class act when it comes to improvisation, regularly performing with 5 star improv groups The FA and Séance Fiction, as well as appearing as guest improviser in the Chortle award winning show Austentatious. She can be heard in several Radio 4 comedy sketch shows and has written numerous online sketches which have been featured on The Poke, The British Comedy Guide and Chortle.
Watch Alison Thea-Skot: Thea-Skot Through the Heart and You’re to Blame
Alison Thea-Skot brings you a sizzling explosion of chaotic character comedy. A high-octane solo sketch show featuring ballads from a lovelorn Oyster Card and the British Passport, Bon Jovi with a particularly phallic hand-puppet and Dame Shirley Bassey in a large 70’s paper lampshade. This show is a fabulous, joyful riot that is excellent fun and a brilliantly zany hour from a highly-polished, madly energetic talent.
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Showered with success in recent years, Alison has been making swift and steady progress in what has traditionally been a male dominated circuit. She describes her first pay-to-play gig experience, speaking to the British Comedy Guide
“They pulled your name out of a hat in no order. I was sat in a wig gripping a sweaty script all night. It was 11.30pm, there had been hundreds of acts on and I still hadn’t been called up. The act currently performing had spent five minutes complaining about women and character acts (of which I was BOTH) and HE WAS KILLING IT.
I wish I could say I got up after him and whipped ass with a rousing set about equality. But sadly this was pre #everydaysexism and my plus-one I’d brought wanted a kebab. I grabbed my wig and we ran for the door. The kebab was great though – four stars.”
Alison’s first foray into the Edinburgh fringe was back in 2007 as a part of a talent show spoof Triple Threat (imagine the worst reality TV talent show possible, multiply it by 10 and you’ve pretty much got it). A few years later after her success as a finalist in one of the best comedy talent shows, Funny Women 2010, she returned to the fringe with her debut solo show The Human Tuning Fork. The following year saw her also reaching the finals in the 2011 Funny’s Funny competition and by 2012 her solo show Thea-Skot Misadventures making waves as a ‘’delightfully batty’ (List) character comedy show.
In 2015 Alison Thea-Skot was bringing ‘mayhem and mischief’ (Metro) with her show Some Like It Thea-Skot in a melee of character comedy and nonsense that was fast becoming her quintessential niche. She was named in Funny Women’s Ones to Watch 2015 and the subsequent year The Observer included her in a feature on female millennials changing the face of comedy.
As well as being an accomplished stand up comic, Alison is a critically acclaimed actress, working extensively from Shakespeare’s Globe to Basil Brush for the BBC. She was nominated for Best Actress at The British Independent Film Festival for her role in the short film ‘Desire’.
With a plethora of voices and accents, she has worked extensively in audio drama, voicing many creations for Big Finish Productions, audio books and recently Radio 4’s News Jack. She was also recently commissioned to write, produce and star in a commercial for Samsung. So how does she feel about where her career is at, right now? She tells the British Comedy Guide “I get to write and perform shows I love… I stand on stage dressed as a kebab and make people laugh. That’s ridiculous and wonderful and not what I thought I would be doing. So I’m a very happy lady. It comes with a whole heap of anxiety, but that’s all part of it, right?”