AWARD WINNER of The Eastern Eye for Coemdy 2018
Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, is a political commentator who appears regularly across television and radio providing expert opinion and insight.
Having worked in politics for 8 years as a senior Labour party adviser both in Government and Opposition, Ayesha is in a unique position to analyse and comment on current affairs. During her time in Westminster she worked for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband advising them on Prime Minister’s Questions, speeches, media, policy as well as on topics such as Women and Equality.
Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought after commentator writing for:
· Financial Times
· The Guardian
· Evening Standard
· New Statesman
Her work on TV and radio includes:
· Matt Forde’s Unspun Dave
· Good Morning Britain ITV
· Sky News
· The Andrew Marr Show BBC1
· Newsnight BBC2
· The Agenda ITV
· The Today Programme BBC Radio4
Previous to this Ayesha worked as a comedian performing stand up in clubs and theatres across the country and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was a semi finalist in the BBC and Channel 4 new talent competitions. She remains an integral part of political conversations and regularly appears on television to participate in in panel discussions, in between entertaining audiences up and down the country with her fascinating political insights and razor-sharp wit.
2017 has been an incredibly busy year for Ayesha, with the latest tour in full swing following a successful stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 'The State of the Nation', Ayesha lifted the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and wondered what’s next for British politics.
Then, in 2018 Ayesha brought her fantastic show Girl on Girl to the Fringe:
"Phew! After Weinstein and #MeToo, women of the world have finally united… for a good old-fashioned bitch-fight! Who cares about smashing the patriarchy when you can go full-on Prisoner: Cell-Block H? So, what happened to feminism? Is it too posh? Too white? When did Germaine Greer become Richard Littlejohn? Whose feminism is it anyway? And who asked your opinion, Piers f**king Morgan? Ex-political adviser and regular pundit on Sky, BBC, CNN & LBC, Ayesha analyses the fight for feminism with humour and honesty, and asks – are sisters really doing it for themselves?"
After a wonderful run in Edinburgh, she took the show on the road in Autumn to try and provide some answers to these questions, using her trademark no-nonsense wit and wisdom.
“Hazarika’s return to stand up is also public service, never less than entertaining”
“Insightful, humorous and at times simply ‘hide behind the sofa’ stuff”
“Patently super smart and extremely eloquent, she offers an intriguing insight”