An iron fist in a marigold glove
Sarah Millican is an award-winning stand-up comedian and writer.
Since winning the 2008 if.comedy Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her debut solo show, Sarah Millican’s Not Nice, Sarah has fast-established herself as a household name, being nominated three times for The British Comedy Awards People’s Choice: Queen of Comedy and winning the award in 2011. In 2013 she was also nominated for the British Comedy Awards Best Female TV Comic for the fourth time, her eighth nomination in total.
On top of this raft of awards and nominations, Sarah‘s debut DVD, Chatterbox Live!, is the biggest selling stand-up DVD by a female comedian of all time, shifting over 150,000 units in the first five weeks of release alone. Sarah’s second DVD, Thoroughly Modern Millican Live, was released in November 2012 and was one of the biggest selling stand-up comedy DVD’s of 2012, entering the live comedy DVD top 10 chart on its first day of release while her third DVD, Sarah Millican: Homebird, was also a bestseller. Sarah Millican: Outsider was released in November 2016 and went straight to number one in the sales chart upon release and Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast hit the charts in 2018.
Sarah is a regular on top comedy TV shows including QI, Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Big Fat Quiz, Live at the Apollo, The Jonathan Ross Show and as a headliner on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Sarah’s very own series, The Sarah Millican Television Programme, combined TV-inspired stand-up and unique interviews with some of her favourite TV stars. It aired on BBC2 in March and April 2012. A second series, (which followed a Christmas Special in December 2012) broadcast January 2013 and notched up an incredible 2.4 million viewers for its first episode, with a third series broadcast in the Autumn of 2013. Sarah earned two BAFTA nominations for the series for Best Entertainment Performance. In December 2010, Sarah appeared at The Royal Variety Performance performing stand-up to Princes Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Palladium Theatre. She made her second appearance at the legendary variety show in November 2014.
Sarah has also written and performed two series of Sarah Millican’s Support Group for Radio 4 and in June 2012 Sarah began writing her own column for national magazine the Radio Times. In 2014 Sarah started Standard Issue, an online magazine for women. 2017 saw the publication of Sarah’s debut book How To Be Champion (Orion). The ‘part autobiography, part self-help book’ shot straight to the top of the literary charts, becoming a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller.
After two critically acclaimed, sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2008/9, Sarah returned to Edinburgh in 2010 with Chatterbox. An unqualified success, Sarah capped the sell-out run with a nomination for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award, affirming her status as one of the most exciting comics in the country. Sarah embarked on her first national tour with Chatterbox, which completely sold out, and in March 2011 announced her second tour, Thoroughly Modern Millican, which sold over 190,000 tickets including an unprecedented 13 sold out nights at the Newcastle Tyne Theatre. 2014 and 2016 saw Sarah take two more sold-out tours on the road, Home Bird and Outsider. Sarah’s fifth tour, Control Enthusiast, also sold out its performances across the UK and Ireland in 2019, before heading out internationally in 2019.
- Nominee: Best Entertainment Performance, British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) 2014
- Nominee: Best Female TV Comic, The British Comedy Awards 2013
- Nominee: People’s Choice Award: King or Queen of Comedy, The British Comedy Awards 2013
- Nominee: Best Entertainment Performance, British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) 2013
- Nominee: People’s Choice Award: King or Queen of Comedy, The British Comedy Awards 2012
- Nominee: Best Female TV Comic, The British Comedy Awards 2012
- Winner: People’s Choice Award: King or Queen of Comedy, The British Comedy Awards 2011
- Nominee: Best Female TV Comic, The British Comedy Awards 2011
- Nominee: Best Female TV Comic, The British Comedy Awards 2010
- Nominee: Best Female Comedy Breakthrough Artist, The British Comedy Awards 2010
- Nominee: Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010
- Winner: Chortle Awards Best Headliner 2010
- Nominee: Barry Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2009
- Winner: Chortle Awards Breakthrough Act 2009
- Winner: if. Comedy Best Newcomer 2008
- Winner: Best Breakthrough act, North-West Comedy Awards 2006
- Nominee: Chortle Awards Best Newcomer 2006
- Winner: Amused Moose Comedy Awards 2005
- Runner Up: BBC New Comedy Awards 2005
- Runner Up: So You Think You’re Funny 2005
- Runner Up: Funny Women 2005
- QI (BBC2, 2011-2018) (Guest)
- Pointless (BBC2, 2016, 2018) (Contestant)
- Live at the Apollo (BBC1, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2018) (Performer)
- The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (C4, 2017) (Guest)
- Jamie’s Friday Night Feast (C4, 2017) (Guest)
- 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) (Guest Panelist & Guest Captain)
- The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, 2011, 2012, 2017) (Guest)
- The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One, 2017) (Guest)
- The One Show (BBC1, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) (Guest & Guest Presenter)
- BBC Breakfast (BBC1, 2017) (Guest)
- This Morning (ITV, 2017) (Guest)
- Big Fat Quiz Of The Year (C4, 2014, 2016) (Performer)
- Alan Carr’s Happy Hour (C4, 2016) (Guest)
- World Of Weird (C4, 2016) (Narrator)
- Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC1 2016) (Performer)
- Sport Relief Does Great British Bake-Off (C4, 2016) (Guest)
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2, 2011 – 2014) (Guest Panelist)
- 8 Out Of 10 Cats (C4, 2008 – 2014) (Guest)
- The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV, 2012, 2013, 2014) (Guest)
- Alan Carr: Chatty Man (C4, 2013, 2014) (Guest)
- Sunday Night At The Palladium (ITV, 2014) (Performer)
- Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), (Guest), 2014
- The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC2, 2012, 2014) (Guest)
- The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, 2010, 2014) (Performer)
- Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV, 2014) (Guest Announcer)
- The Sarah Millican Television Programme (BBC2, 2012 – 2013) (Writer, Presenter, Stand-up)
- Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1, 2013) (Series 10 Episode 8)
- Alan Carr: Chatty Man (C4, 2013) (Guest)
- Comic Relief’s Big Chat with Graham Norton (BBC3, 2013) (Guest)
- Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe (BBC2, 2013)(Guest)
- Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (guest) (BBC2, 2012)
- A League of Their Own (Sky1, 2012), (Guest)
- Big Fat Quiz of the 00’s (C4, 2012) (Guest)
- The Rob Brydon Show (BBC2, 2012) (Guest)
- Celebrity Deal or No Deal (C4, 2012) (Guest)
- Kevin Bridges: What’s the Story? (BBC1, 2012) (Guest)
- Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC2, 2011) (Guest)
- Room 101 (BBC1, 2011) (Guest)
- Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1, 2011) (Guest)
- King Of (C4, 2011)
- Lee Mack’s All Star Cast (BBC1, 2011) (Guest)
- Marriage Ref (ITV, 2011) (Guest)
- Channel 4’s Comedy Gala (C4, 2011)
- Loose Women (regular panelist) (ITV1, 2010-11)
- Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1, 2009, 2010)
- You Have Been Watching (C4, 2009, 2010)
- Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC2, 2010, 2011)
- Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, 2010 – 2013)
- The Bubble (BBC2, 2010)
- Mock the Week (BBC 2, 2009, 2010)
- Argumental (Dave, 2010)
- Walk on the Wild Side (voiceover, various) (BBC 1, 2009, 2010)
- The Culture Show (BBC 2, 2009)
- Have I Got News For You (BBC1, 2008, 2010)
- The Secret Policeman’s Ball for Amnesty, (Royal Albert Hall, Channel 4, 2008)
- Sunrise with Eammon Holmes (Sky News, 2008)
- The Comedy Store (Paramount Comedy, 2008)
- Comedy Shuffle (BBC3, 2007)
- Rhod Gilbert’s Big Welsh Joke (BBC2 Wales, 2007)
- Elephant in the Room (Host, BBC Radio 4, 2019, 2020)
- Locked Together (Co-Host, Audible, 2020)
- The Jason Manford Show (Co-host, Absolute Radio, 2018)
- Book of the Week (BBC R4, 2017)
- Sarah Millican’s Support Group (BBC R4, 2010, 2011)
- 7 Day Sunday (BBC R5 Live, 2010, 2011)
- Jason Manford and Friends (BBC R2, 2009)
- 4 Stands Up (BBC R4, 2009)
- Act Your Age (BBC R4, 2008)
- Loose Ends (BBC R4, 2008)
- Keep Your Chins Up (pilot for BBC R4, 2008)
- Des Clarke’s Friday Feeling (BBC Radio Scotland, 2008)
- The Rhod Gilbert Radio Show (BBC Radio Wales, 2006, 2008)
- Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast (National & International Tour 2018-2019)
- Sarah Millican: Outsider (National Tour 2015-2016)
- Sarah Millican: Home Bird (Edinburgh Festival 2013, then National Tour 2013-2014)
- Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican (Edinburgh Festival 2011, then National Tour 2011-2012)
- Sarah Millican: Chatterbox (Edinburgh Festival, 2010 then National Tour 2010)
- Sarah Millican: Typical Woman (Edinburgh Festival, 2009)
- Sarah Millican’s Not Nice (Edinburgh Festival, 2008)
- Reginald D Hunter’s ‘Pride, Prejudice & Niggers’ national tour – support (2007)
- Sarah Millican: How to be Champion (Orion, 2017)
The comic laureate of unglamorous-but-glorious womanhood.
This is why she is one of the most successful comedians in the country.
Undisputed queen of stand-up.
The Mail On Sunday
Watch her transition to national treasure begin here.
Probably the finest female comedian working at the moment.
Her laughter rate is exceptional.
This woman will go far.
Wonderfully wrong . . incredibly funny.
Like a young Thora Hird.
One of the hottest new things in Stand up.
On 2011 Edinburgh Fringe show Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican
The Daily Telegraph
A distinctive blend of northern charm and utter filth.
Skilfully delivered anecdotes with punchlines and topper gags aplenty.
A natural storyteller, with charm by the family-sized trolley load.
Killer cosy delivery and knowing comic timing.
An outstanding hour from one of the best comedians in the country.
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
On 2010 Edinburgh Fringe show Sarah Millican: Chatterbox
She’s on the brink of comedy superstardom and rightly so.★★★★★
Such is her skill at joke-telling that she can find the funny in even the most mundane of subjects. ★★★★★
An hour of stand-up that flies by, fluent and feisty, polished and professional. ★★★★★
Sarah Millican’s performance is one of the most consistent and accomplished I have ever seen at the fringe. ★★★★
Entirely in charge of her craft…she laces everything with a generous amount of gags. ★★★★
Lewd and lovely stuff. ★★★★
The most gifted female comedian of her generation. Her show is jam packed with gag after gag. Adorable, filthy and fab. ★★★★
Assured writing with its perfectly-expressed thoughts and ideas gelling into piquant jokes. ★★★★
A consistent pleasure. ★★★★
She’s a great joke-teller, topping off her tales of a divorcee and daughter’s life with bulletproof laugh-lines.
An outstanding hour from one of the best comedians in the country.
On 2009 Edinburgh Fringe show Sarah Millican: Typical Woman
Very good at being naughty.
At times poetic, at times brutally honest, Sarah Millican is never less than belly-laugh hilarious. ★★★★★
Enormously funny…before you know where you are you are doubling up with great gusts of laughter. ★★★★
Ice-pick wit…this girl is anything but ordinary, and we are all the better for that. ★★★★
In flying form…smart as a whip.
She can make a room rock with laughter.
On the 2008 If. Comedy Best Newcomer Award winning show Sarah Millican’s Not Nice
It requires exceptional skill to be a cruel yet likeable comedian and Sarah Millican nails the contradiction beautifully with a wonderfully assured Fringe debut. ★★★★
A mercilessly unsentimental wit…her set is as neatly constructed as her individual, triple-punchline jokes.
The Daily Telegraph
It’s credit to Millican’s talent that her man-baiting isn’t man-alienating; the blokes in the audience howl as loudly as the women.
There isn’t a spare second in this gag-packed, deliciously dark show.
One of the hottest prospects on the UK circuit. ★★★★★
British comedy needs a new female star and might just have got one. ★★★★
She surely has one of the highest gags-per-minute counts on the Fringe, with punchlines arriving every few beats with unwavering punctuality….Laughs come thick and fast.
Millican has a frank, self-effacing manner and an obtuse approach to writing that avoids clichés and refreshes the genre.
An impressive, and consistently funny, festival debut. ★★★★
A delightfully dirty and hilarious show. ★★★★
Millican’s gift is in her gentle, unthreatening delivery and the way she engages with the audience.
This is a fully crafted first show and a real delight.
The jokes feel fresh and ring true. And there are plenty of them.
Sarah Millican is one of the most talented newcomers I have seen in many years.
A perfectly formed hour.
Touching, witty and wonderfully ribald.
Excellent comedy from a performer with a great future. ★★★★
A delight…A great Fringe debut. ★★★★
Effortless and very clever. ★★★★
Fabulous comedy…It’s clear she has a long and very successful career ahead of her.
The Bridget Jones of comedy. She’s rude, she’s risqué. A must-see. ★★★★★
An incredibly honed, laugh-every-ten-seconds performance.
The hour flew by… very funny ★★★★
The Age, Melbourne
On the Secret Policeman’s Ball for Amnesty International
Geordie Sarah Millican jumped into the big league with a dazzling set.
Sarah Millican was the epitome of cool on this night… she loaded the short set with an enviable number of rock solid punchlines.