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Sarah Kendall

Sarah Kendall has established herself as one of the hottest talents on the international comedy circuit. Since bursting onto the scene at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival, the London-based Australian has performed at many of the world’s leading comedy festivals - including Montreal, Kilkenny, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Hong Kong. Her work there has helped her to win and be nominated for many of the industry’s most prestigious stand-up comedy awards, most recently for the ‘big one’ – receiving a nomination for the 2015 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award for A Day In October.

Sarah’s writing and performing credits include Beehive (Channel 4) and Comedy Cuts (ITV) and she is a regular cast member of Clare in the Community. She has made numerous appearances on television and Radio 4, including As Yet Untitled with Alan Davies, Russell Howard’s Good News, Best Behaviour, The Now Show, and Dilemma.

Sarah’s “Australian Trilogy” – A Day in October, Touchdown and Shaken – is now a Radio 4 series.



Australian stand-up Sarah Kendall has established herself as one of the hottest talents on the international comedy circuit. Since bursting onto the scene at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival, the London-based Aussie has performed at many of the world’s leading comedy festivals, including Montreal, Kilkenny, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Hong Kong.


During the 2002 Edinburgh Festival, Sarah was the only stand up

comedian to win the prestigious Herald Angel Award. The following year she performed sell-out seasons at both the Sydney Opera House and the

Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After a highly successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Sarah was one of only five acts selected by NBC to perform in their ‘Edinburgh Nights’ season in New York City, followed by a run at The Berlin Comedy Festival and the Stavanger Comedy Festival in Norway.


In 2004, Sarah cemented her reputation as one of the top comics in the industry by becoming the first woman in nine years to receive a prestigious Perrier Award Nomination. Following her completely sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, she performed in the Perrier season at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.


Sarah’s 2006 Edinburgh Festival show Attention Seeker was nominated for a Time Out London Comedy Award, and in early 2007 Sarah toured the show throughout the UK and Europe- including Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Luxembourg, Brussels and Paris, Helsinki and Copenhagen. She returned to the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 with My Very First Kidnapping. The show won the Three Weeks Editor’s Award for Theatrical Innovation, presenting a darkly comic and true story of college initiation that went horribly wrong.


Following the success of My Very First Kidnapping, Sarah landed a starring role in the gloriously silly all-female sketch TV show, Beehive. This E4 series showcased four of the UK's most exciting new comedy writer/performers and their idiotic world.


After a hiatus following the birth of her children, Sarah returned to stand-up in 2012 with her show Get Up, Stand Up. The show was a jolly romp through the creeping sexualisation of mainstream culture and the erosion of feminism, and it garnered nine 4 and 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh festival.


In addition to her appearances on BBC radio comedy shows The Now Show, Dilemma, and The Stephen K Amos Show, Sarah also starred alongside Sally Phillips and Nina Conti in one of British radio’s best-loved and longest-running sitcoms, Clare in the Community.


2014 saw Sarah return to Australian shores, where she toured her show Touchdown. She toured the show to all the major comedy festivals in Australia, and was awarded the comedians’ choice “Piece of Wood Award” at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She then took Touchdown to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she has received rave reviews for her performance. Sarah also returned to Australia to perform at the invitation-only Just For Laughs Sydney Festival at the Sydney Opera House.


In 2015, Sarah returned to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – and to Edinburgh Fringe – to perform her solo show A Day In October, for which she received another nomination for the world’s most prestigious comedy prize, the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award. Her new show, Shaken, also garnered glowing reviews at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, and at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Touchdown, A Day in October and Shaken were all recorded for a series on BBC Radio 4 called “Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy”.


Sarah was recently announced as a face of the international Georg Jensen “You Can Never Be Too Much You” campaign, which celebrates influential and inspirational women.


“Her timing is split-second perfect and her content the kind of intelligent humor you only dream of encountering.”

The Herald UK


“Elegantly sarcastic in its argument, underpinned by fury, Kendall’s show is nevertheless delivered with sufficient verve and lightness of touch not to browbeat the listener. She delivers with dastardly relish.”

**** The Scotsman


“Creative, lively, and perspicacious, it is hard to find fault in this show.”

***** Three Weeks Edinburgh


“This Aussie wizard is pure comedy gold”
The List




One-Seventeen - Solo Show - Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Shaken - Solo Show - Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival


A Day In October - Solo Show - Canberra Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Soho Theatre London


Touchdown - Solo show - Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne  International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Get up, Stand Up - Solo Show - Soho Theatre London


Get Up, Stand Up - Solo Show - Edinburgh Festival Fringe 


My Very First Kidnapping - Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Attention Seeker - Soho Theatre, European Tour


Sarah Kendall - Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brighton Festival


Sarah Kendall - Berlin Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brighton Festival, Stavanger Norway Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival



2017 ABC TV Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala - Stand Up
2015 Dave (UK) Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Guest
2013 ABC TV Tractor Monkeys - Guest Panelist
2012 Network Ten MICF Gala - Guest spot
2012 ABC TV The Unbelievable Truth
2009 BBC3 Russell Howard's Good News - performer
2008 E4/Channel 4 Beehive, Series 1 - writer/performer
2008 ITV2 Comedy Cuts, Series 3 - writer/performer
2008 ITV2 Comedy Cuts, Series 2 - writer/performer
2007 Paramount Edinburgh and Beyond Series 3 - writer/performer
2007 VRT Comedy Casino (Belgium) - Performer
2006 Paramount Edinburgh and Beyond, Series 2 - Performer
2005 BBC3 The Comic Side of 7 Days - Contributor
2004 Paramount The World Stands Up - Performer




2009 Director. Ben Miller

Huge: Role - Gong Show Winner




2010 Caveman Films My Very First Kidnapping - Film Script
2010 E4 School of Comedy
2008 E4/Channel 4 Beehive, Series 1




2016 Radio 4

Sarah Kendall: Australian Trilogy - Stand Up

2015 Radio 4

Best Behaviour - Panellist 

2010 - 2015 Radio 4

Clare In The Community - Libby

2013 Radio 4

Dilemma - Panellist

2012 Radio 4

The Now Show - Panellist

2010 5Live

7 Day Sunday - Panellist

2009 Radio 4

Act Your Age - Panellist

2009 BBC Radio 4

I Guess That's Why They CAll It The News... - Guest

2009 BBC Radio 4

Look Away Now - Guest

2007 Radio 2

Alan Carr and Friends - Performer

2006 Radio 2

Parson & Naylor Pull Out Sections - Performer

2006 Radio 4

The News Quiz - Contributor





NOMINEE - Foster's Edinburgh Comed Award for Best Show


WINNER - Piece of Wood Award - Melbourne International Comedy Festival 


WINNER - Three Weeks, Editors Choice Award


NOMINEE - Time Out Comedy Award


NOMINEE - Perrier Award 


WINNER - Herald Angel



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Last updated: August 2017