Fresh off a sold-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe tour, Harriet Kemsley presents her critically acclaimed new show ‘Honeysuckle Island’ at the Soho Theater and then on a national tour this fall.
Fed up with being told how to look and behave since she was a teenager, Harriet takes a long look at the beauty industry through her two remaining false eyelashes. She channels her personal experiences into this hilarious show, sharing anecdotes and jokes about the vicious circle of beauty enhancement.
When she was 11, Harriet designed a dream vacation destination called “Honeysuckle Island.” There were waterfalls and ziplines, wildlife, and everything a preteen could want. And when rediscovering her design last year, Harriet noticed that she had also included a cellulite machine.
Since having a baby girl in late 2021, Harriet has been re-evaluating societal pressures on women, bringing a funny, lighthearted and important message of self-acceptance, embracing her uniqueness and Harriet’s unusual solutions to current beauty trends.
Harriet began her stand-up career in 2011 and within months was winning the Funny’s Funny contest. Harriet’s other accolades include Leicester Mercury New Act of the Year runner-up, Up The Creek New Act of the Year runner-up and Leicester Square New Act of the Year runner-up. She was described by Time Out as “a very funny rising star” and as one of Rhod Gilbert’s “Ten Comics to See” in the Mail on Sunday. Harriet last appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in 2018 with her sold-out show ‘Slutty Joan’ which subsequently toured the country.
Harriet’s TV appearances include performances on Live at the Apollo (BBC1, BBC2), as a panelist on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Hypothetical (Dave), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Guessable (Comedy Central), As Yet Untitled (Dave), Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and her own show with husband Bobby & Harriet Get Married (Viceland & Comedy Central). She also hosts a podcast, ‘Why Is Harriet Crying?’ with fellow comedian Sunil Patel. As an actress, she has appeared in both film and television, including the film Bonobo, and on Channel 4’s Damned and the BBC’s Doctor Foster. She also provided the voice of Nashandra, the final boss of the Dark Souls II video game.
Information on the list of visits:
Tue 13 -17 Sep London Soho Theater
Sat 1 Oct Brighton Komedia
Sun Oct 2 Newport Pagnell The Cannon Pub
Thu Oct 6 Aberdeen The Lemon Tree
Fri Oct 7 Hawick Heart of Hawick
Sat Oct 8 Stockton ARC
Sun Oct 9 Edinburgh Monkey Barrel
Thu Oct 13 Leeds The Oak
Thu 20 Oct Aldershot West End Center
Fri 21 Oct Leicester Firebug
Sat 22 Oct Cambridge Junction
Sun Oct 23 Birmingham Glee
Thu Oct 27 Winchester The Arc
Fri Oct 28 Oxford Glee
Thu, Nov 3 Portsmouth Guildhall Studio
Fri, Nov 4 Bath Rondo
Mon Nov 7 Nottingham Glee
Thu 10 Nov Liverpool Hot Water
Fri 11 Nov Southend Dixon Studio
Sat 12 Nov Bristol Tobacco Factory Theater
Sun Nov 13 Coventry Warwick Arts Center
Thu Nov 17 Bridgwater McMillan Theater
Wed 23 Nov Cardiff Glee
Thu Nov 24 New Milton Forest Arts Center
Fri 25 Nov Colchester Arts Center
Sat 26 Nov Corsham Pound Arts
Wed 30 Nov Glasgow The Stand
Thu 1 Dec Manchester XS Malarkey
Tue 6 Dec Norwich Voodoo Daddy’s Showroom
Sat 10 Dec Canterbury Gulbenkian