Awards: Chortle Award Best Newcomer.
UK comedian Diane Spencer delights audiences worldwide with her cheeky, dark and often edgy stand-up comedy. A dazzling performer, Diane captivates the crowd with her charming demeanour, cutting wit and skilfully crafted material. Diane is also a LAMDA Gold Medal holding trained actor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama.
Starting in November 2006, Diane quickly showed promise as a comedian, being a highly commended finalist in the Raw Comedy Quest competition 2007. Although British born, Diane was living in New Zealand at the time, and began shaping her comedy skills in Auckland, eventually being nominated for Best Female Comedian by the NZ Comedy Guild in 2009, notably for her solo hour “Wit, Charm and Filth” (2009). At this point Diane had performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in a line-up show as part of the Big Comedy Breakfast, and accepted who she was, and what she wanted to do. Before emigrating back to the UK, Diane wrote an entire new hour long stand-up show called “Lost in the Mouth Specific” and embarked on a breakout solo tour to Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy, Sydney Comedy, New Zealand International Comedy and Edinburgh Fringe festivals. This show not only enabled Diane to break into the UK comedy circuit, it also won her the Chortle Best Newcomer.
“Between her theatrical facial expressions, on-point character roles and enthralling story-telling ability, Spencer mesmerises the crowd.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Since then Diane has been a working comedian, performing in clubs up and down the UK, but also internationally. She is the “Comedy Angel” of the Aarhus Festuge in Denmark, tours to Luxembourg, Italy and most recently Norway, her natural gift for storytelling but with universal themes and biting punchlines appealing globally. In 2011, Diane returned to Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh with a new show “All-pervading madness” (2011) a direct follow on from Lost in the Mouth Specific. This show highlighted Diane as a jewel in the comedy landscape, with multiple 5 star reviews and a nomination for Best Comedy (Emerging) at the Adelaide Fringe.
Diane draws inspiration from her own life and social concerns, and in total has written 6 stand-up comedy shows, each critically acclaimed and available to watch on Youtube. Steadily amassing an online fanbase, Diane’s videos have now been watched over a quarter of a million times, and that number is rising. Producing her comedy content and directly uploading it to YouTube has enabled Diane’s comedy scope to encompass the globe and bring smiles to people wherever they are.
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