Winner Channel 4 New Comedy Writers Award 2005
Winner Buxton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Performer 2008
Helen Keen is a comedian and writer born in Yorkshire and now living in London.
She was a finalist in numerous national stand-up competitions and in 2005 won the first Channel 4 New Comedy Writing Award.
Her 2008 debut solo show It Is Rocket Science! (about the history and development of the space rocket) received the Buxton Festival Fringe Award for Best Comedy Performance. The show went on a lengthy and successful tour of the UK - taking in and frequently selling out comedy festivals, major music festivals, science festivals and even three performances at London"s Science Museum - including a show in the famous Space Gallery beside real space craft. And, in 2010, BBC Radio 4 commissioned Helen to write and appear in a comedy series based on the show, which will be recorded later this year.
"This sophisticated rising star is one to watch" The Guardian
“A truly great new act that, if there’s any justice in the world, is going to be huge in a few years." Spoonfed
“her punchlines on such esoteric topics as Elizabeth I are funny and distinctive, and she can deliver a sharp one-liner when needed” Chortle.co.uk
“Young comedian Helen Keen impressed with her ready wit with hecklers” Dominic Maxwell, The Times
* * * * “It"s a spellbinding hour. Her passion for the subject is genuine and she has an uncanny ability to turn obscure details into hilarious anecdotes.” The Skinny
* * * * ½ “I completely loved this studious show” FringeGuru
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* * * * The New Current
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