Janine Harouni

Interview: Janine Harouni

I think it's fair to say that Janine Harouni had a pretty good Edinburgh Fringe debut this August. The London-based New Yorker won the BBC Radio 4 Comedy Award, the Amused Moose Comedy Award and was shortlisted for Best Newcomer in the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Awards. I had an inkling Harouni's tales of growing up with a Trump-supporting dad and having a near-fatal car crash would do well when I interviewed her for the Evening Standard in June.


Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Stand Up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated), Pleasance

Janine Harouni comes from Staten Island, where everyone talks just like the Sopranos.

At the heart of her autobiographical show is the relationship between Harouni and her Catholic, Trump supporting father.

Harouni disapproves of her father’s voting record and is distressed about his views on gay rights and abortion.

As a liberal she rails against his beliefs and despairs at what is happening to her country.


Review: BBC Introducing Radio 4 Comedy Award, BBC Tent, Edinburgh

There were five acts in this year's final, which made it a tight, fast-paced show: "I sound like this because I'm from New York," said first finalist Janine Harouni, who has already been receiving rave reviews for her solo full-length debut on the Edinburgh Fringe. Her short but sweet set here cherry picked some of her best gags, as she compared her parents to the Sopranos but without the crime or the excitement.


News: Radio 4 Comedy Award Finalists Announced

The five finalists have been announced for the Radio 4 Comedy Award. The final takes place in Edinburgh on August 15 at 6pm in the BBC Tent. Details here.






Live Review: 99 Club Female & Non-Binary Comedians’ Bursary Showcase, 99 Club, WC2

It is a truth universally acknowledged that taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe costs a packet, so 99 Club's bursary helps. Two acts making their Edinburgh full-length debut receive £500 and this year, because the standard was so consistently high, the other three acts in the showcase also received £150 each. I was a judge and while our conversation must remain private, let's just say resolving this one makes Brexit seem like a doddle.


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