Gina Yashere And Friends

Friday 24th June

Global comedian and actor Gina Yashere was runner-up in the 1996 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition and has been appearing on TV ever since. She returns to Hackney Empire for two nights in June, honouring the launch of the new Windrush monument in Waterloo.


Gina is one of the best known British comedians, with appearances on iconic TV shows including Live At The Apollo & Mock The Week, as well as creating & performing the hugely popular comedic characters, Tanya & Mrs. Omokerede on The Lenny Henry Show.

She broke into the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10, and then never went home!

Join us for a night of nostalgia, comedic storytelling and celebration as we look back, laugh, and celebrate for the culture. Other acts on the night include Aurie Styla and Marlon Davis, with some very special guests to be revealed!

Presented by For the Culture Comedy.

  • “One of the best comics in the world” — The Guardian
  • “Gina Yashere follows no one!” — Montreal Gazette
  • “Quite simply … brilliant” — The Australian Stage
  • “Her observations are as sharp as shrapnel” — The Evening Standard
  • “One of 10 best female comedians” — The Observer

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