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About Ashley Storrie
Glaswegian stand-up, entertainer, writer and maker of viral videos, Ashley Storrie is best known for her Harry Potter parody #tanyapotter, which was picked up by the national press and Lad Bible, gaining over 30 million views. The viral popularity of her comedy videos has made her a leading choice for the BBC Comedy shorts, and her take on the The Handmaid’s Tale was retweeted by Margaret Atwood herself. Storrie is well known for her hard-hitting and frank style, using humour as a platform for dealing with issues such as mental health. Her amusing anecdotes often give a personal insight in to uncomfortable or taboo subjects. Ashley stars in BBC Scotland’s Up For It! and has been a regular guest panelist on BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking The News.
Daughter of renowned Scottish comic Janey Godley, Ashley was a child actor from a very early age. After determining not to follow in her mother’s footsteps, Corrie took a 13 year hiatus from performing, returning age 27 with her first comedy pilot Cat’s Crime, a comedy about a mother and daughter crime-solving duo for BBC Radio Scotland. Further honing her comedy writing skills, in 2014 she wrote and performed in Conundrums My Dad Says, a funny and poignant radio comedy about a man with Asperger’s and his overwrought son. In September of 2015, Ashley was asked to step in as a guest host on the late night radio show The Music Match, a three hour music and chat show for BBC Radio Scotland. Her episodes garnered the most online engagement of the series, with celebrity fans including William Shatner, bringing Storrie a wider audience and regular guest spots in the following years. Following her successful 2018 solo Edinburgh Fringe show Adulting – dealing with smear tests and #metoo – Ashley returned in 2019 with Hysterical.
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Ashley Storrie’s raw, hysterical show about mental health, depression, autism, dating and Beauty and the Beast will leave you hanging on her every word. Rising star Ashley’s show is the perfect comic antidote to anyone who’s ever been that awkward teen.
Reviews and Awards
‘A perfect hour of comedy…relentlessly funny’Broadway World
‘Ashley Storrie’s forthrightness is a tonic and should be mandatory viewing’The List
‘Ashley delivers a hilarious, important and altogether very enjoyable hour’The Sunday Post
‘A total revelation’Dawn French
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Ashley Storrie was brought up in Glasgow, the daughter of well-known Scottish comic Janey Godley and Sean Storrie. Janey Godley’s infamous family history of gangland violence, sectarianism, abject poverty and abuse is documented in her 2006 memoir Handstands in the Dark. Janey and Sean ran a pub in The Calton in Glasgow’s East End when Ashley was a child, but wanted to send their daughter for private schooling, in order to provide the education they never had. Ashley attended Laurel Park – a fee-paying all girl’s school in the West End of the City. Ashley tells the Glasgow Herald: “I would get shipped in to this posh school from the Calton in the back of the van used to humph booze into the pub. Occasionally, my East End uncles would pick me up at the school gates, with their Rottweiler dugs.” Storrie’s initial steps into acting came aged three playing “the wee girl in the metal tea urn” in short film Alabama. At five, she was cast in an advert for Fairy Liquid soap powder, directed by Ken Loach, and aged 10 had the lead role in the independent movie Wednesday’s Child. Meanwhile her Edinburgh Fringe career had already begun, leafleting for her mother on the Edinburgh streets. Storrie, however, was determined she wasn’t going to follow in Godley’s footsteps. A stream of jobs ensued, including roles at the East Renfrewshire Council, a law firm and the ladies clothing brand Etam Plus.
Her natural instinct for performance and comedy would often get her in to trouble. She admits to The Sunday Post, “I was always getting up to stuff or trying to find a funny way to do things, I’d go to work as a character and maintain it for months and then get caught and sacked.’ Her inevitable return to comedy at 27 found her gradually building her career on stage, radio, podcasts and video. Storrie tells The Sunday Post that she believes comedy should be a tool to open up dialogue and delve in to more difficult topics. Coping with depression or anxiety through humour is a key aspect of her live shows. “To be fair, I always think that comedy is essentially my therapy and you’re all just watching it!”
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