Susan Calman used to be a corporate lawyer but in 2006 she decided to give it all up to be a comedian. She reached the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards and ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, was a finalist in the prestigious ‘Funny Women’ competition in 2006 and she hasn’t stopped since.
In 2007 Susan was cast in ‘Ugly Kid’, a sketch show that was a sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival and following critical acclaim, was commissioned as a pilot for Channel 4. The show was renamed ‘Blowout’ and the cast went on to be awarded a Scottish BAFTA that same year.
On Radio 4 Susan has appeared on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Now Show, Dilemma, So Wrong it’s Right and presented Woman’s Hour and Listomania. She recently recorded the second series of her sitcom “Sisters” for Radio 4 and has also started work on her fourth solo series for the station.
Sometimes Susan is allowed on television and has so far acted in How Not to Live your Life”, Rab C Nesbitt, Dead Boss and Fresh Meat. She’s also appeared on Have I Got News for You, QI, Mock the Week, Go 8 Bit, Countryfile, The One Show, Pointless Celebrities, Alan Davies As Yet Untitled, Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You and Comedy at the Fringe. She also hosts a quiz show for CBBC called “Top Class” and recently recorded 20 episodes of a new network daytime quiz show for BBC One called “The Boss” which starts airing in April 2017.
She’s written a book called “Cheer Up Love” which was an Audible Bestseller in 2016, and has started work on her second book, which will be released in the Spring of 2018.
Susan continues to gig around the country and has always been a massive hit at the Edinburgh Fringe. She’s in the middle of her second UK Tour with her show “The Calman Before The Storm” and is playing to sell out crowds around the country.
Susan is lucky enough to be married, and has five cats called Pickle, Daisy Fay Harper, Olivia Pope, Dr Abigail Bartlet and DCI Jane Tennison. The cats are amazing.
“Feisty Scot Calman is one of the best female comics to ever come out of the land of bagpipes and haggis. She’ll make you chuckle your pants off” – Time Out 2009
“Calman fizzed manic energy, alternating between confessional tales and playing with facts she teased out of the audience…a perfect start to a fun-filled evening” – Edinburgh Evening News
“Rarely have I observed an audience uniformly laugh so much… Not only is absolutely every person laughing, but they are falling about. And they don’t stop for the entire hour.” – Scotsgay
“Who better to be locked away with at the end of the world than The Calminator?…Fabulous” – One4Review.com
“Calman can wring humour out of an Asda chicken and bacon bake… Sharp, warm and massively entertaining, Calman’s show is not one to miss if you take your pleasures seriously” – Chortle