Pippa Evans is an award-winning comedian, actress, songwriter and improviser.
A multi-talented and incredibly versatile performer, Pippa has taken 6 shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, bagging a nomination for Best Newcomer in 2008 for debut show Pippa Evans and Other Lonely People. Since then she has gone from strength to strength, performing regularly on BBC Radio 4 institution The Now Show as well as making guest appearances on hit TV shows such as Dave’s Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Comedy Central’s Drunk History. She has also featured on BBC3’s sketch comedy show Live At The Electric and was one of the regular cast members on BBC2’s comedy improv series Fast and Loose. In 2017 Pippa performed to a packed out house on ITV’s variety series Tonight at the Palladium.
Following her Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2008, 2010 saw Pippa unleash her alter-ego Loretta Maine, a sexy and psychotic American country and western singer-songwriter, for a full show of her own, Loretta Maine: I’m Not Drunk I Just Need To Talk To You.
Pippa enjoyed 3 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, a five-night run at the Soho Theatre and her debut at the Melbourne Comedy Festival as Loretta Maine, before returning to Edinburgh as herself in 2013 with Pippa Evans: Don’t Worry, I Don’t Know Who I Am Either on the Free Fringe. This was brilliantly received by critics and audiences alike.
With There Are No Guilty Pleasures, the 2015 Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show nominee, Pippa enjoyed a month of packed houses at the Fringe, after making her debut at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
August 2016 saw Pippa return to the Fringe with new show Same Same But Different, securing her second nomination for the Amused Moose Comedy Award in the process. In 2017 Pippa took her latest creation Joy Provision! to the Edinburgh Fringe. She performed to packed houses throughout the month and gained a plethora of great reviews.
Pippa is also a core member of The Showstoppers, the Olivier award-winning group who improvise a new musical based on audience suggestions. Pippa has performed with The Showstoppers across the UK and the world, including West End residencies and a six part series for Radio 4. Pippa is also a member of The Glenda J Collective, a four-woman improve group, who also performed a short but popular run at the Fringe in 2017. Pippa frequently guests at different improv nights across London and is a semi-regular cast member of The Comedy Store Players.
Pippa is co-founder of the Sunday Assembly, a monthly gathering that promotes community and learning in a non-religious environment. Having started with just one congregation in London, it is now a global movement and has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times and on the BBC.
The finest female character comic around
On Showstopper! The Improvised Musical West End run, Autumn 2015
Pippa Evans is the powerhouse of this offering…She excels in adapting to any singing style demanded and drives the action forward with smart, funny decisions.
The great delight is to see such an ingenious and talented team throw everything at a show that must, by its very nature, vanish. Brilliant.
Financial Times ****
A tremendously good time…absolutely magical.
Time Out ****
A success story that could run and run and never repeat itself.
Evening Standard ****
On 2015 Edinburgh show Pippa Evans: There Are No Guilty Pleasures
She has mastered the art of crowd work…Evans brings unsheathed joy to a room
She is a highly talented improviser.
There’s a wonderfully anarchic feel to this show…mostly due to Evans’s unbridled energy; you’ll be grinning for the rest of the day.
Her capacity for accents is astonishing
You will fall in love with Evans within the first 5 minutes.
Her songs, ranging from an intense cover of Sex Bombto originals, are not only well performed and extremely catchy but will have you in sustained laughter throughout. Evans’ ability to interact with her audience, come up with lyrics and make them funny is flawless.
On 2014 Edinburgh show Loretta Maine: Strong Independent Woman (Unless I Am Very Tired)
The songs are tip-top and Evans brings both vulnerability and edge to Loretta’s story
The Arts Desk
Force of nature that is disturbed diva Loretta Maine…full of energy…unafraid and unpredictable.
A delightful deconstruction of the ludicrousness of the pop world
On 2012 Edinburgh show Loretta Maine: Bipolar
Delightfully deranged songs
Comic talent and musical genius…catchy tunes, brilliant lyrics and gleeful cynicism.
Edinburgh Evening News
A fantastic wreck of a human being and a great comedy conception.
Loretta Maine delivers musical character comedy of a high order
A highly talented performer with a razor-sharp tongue…Maine is everything Lindsay Lohan wishes she could be.
Ed Fest Mag
Mean, mouthy and magnificent.
The story is entirely believable, the songs are great and the laugh quotient is high in a cracking show.
The Arts Desk
Her musical ability – guitar, banjo and voice especially – is exceptional
She shines through in her confident rapport with the audience and witty ad libs.
On 2010 Edinburgh show Loretta Maine: I’m Not Drunk I Just Need To Talk To You
Engaging, full of insidious warmth, delectable mal mots and great songs
The Independent on Sunday
A tight set of wicked lyrical rhymes laced with self loathing
Evans uses the alter ego to supply amusingly barbed remarks on the music industry and neurotic young womanhood
Compelling to watch
Like Dolly Parton seen through the lens of Mike Leigh….she performs brilliantly observed songs about love, loss and violent revenge.
On 2009 Edinburgh show Pippa Evans: Your Evening’s Entertainment
A gifted comic actress with a skill for contriving memorably gruesome characters
A brilliantly realised parody
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
On 2008 if.comedy nominated Pippa Evans and Other Lonely People
Pippa Evans is probably one of the most talented performers at Edinburgh this year
Her show displays a searing talent as comic writer, actor and versatile singer.
It is wicked and dark…She can make “hey” or “thank you” funny with timing and a look.
Her well-pitched, realistic portrayals are both funny and sensitive, meaning you don’t just laugh, you go on an emotional journey connecting you with each character.
Pippa has a monstrous talent for accents, and drops one-liners with a devilish twinkle; expect greatness in coming years.
Well-judged performance. It’s hard to feel lonesome in a room of guffawing strangers.
Evans clearly has acting ability oozing from her being. A tender and well-worked show
Exquisitely written and her singing voice is…worthy of the West End
Pippa Evans is young, elegant and talent oozes from every inch of her willowy frame
Fabulously funny…Catch her now before everyone’s heard of her
What makes Pippa Evans stand out is the shockingly funny and abrasive edge to her writing.
Beautifully written, viciously barbed lines.
Evans’s ability to create compelling comedy out of disturbing emotions means the attention she’s getting is very much deserved.
(on Loretta Maine)Murderously funny
On Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
The hugely talented team make improvisation look easy…hilarious
Ingenious and engaging…I was left open-mouthed
I’d opt for this show’s wild, inventive energy over The Sound of Music any day
An awesomely talented cast. Don’t miss seeing Showstoppers! You really mustn’t