- BBC NEW TALENT HOT-LIST 2017
Evelyn Mok is the best thing to come out of Sweden since… IKEA? A stand-up comedian and actor born in Sweden to a father from Hong Kong and a Chinese mother born and raised in India, Mok challenges pre-disposed stereotypes with an unapologetic style and sharp witted hilarity.
Shortly after moving to London, she was quickly selected for the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve and Just the Tonic’s Big Value Showcase also garnering finalist positions in the Chortle Student Comedy Awards and Leicester Square Theatre’s New Comedian of the Year Award. A seasoned live-act, she performs stand-up comedy across the UK and Europe, most recently supporting Josie Long and Paul Foot on their European tours.
On television you can catch up with Evelyn on the likes of Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central for Comedy Central alongside the best UK comics and was recently a guest on Nick Helm’s Eat Your Heart Out for Channel Dave. A talented actor, Evelyn has starred in Andi Osho’s Twin Thing comedy short for Sky Arts, the second series of BBC3 Comedy’s Big Field, where she played various characters in the luxurious setting of a cold, wet British field to very funny consequences! Sam Simmons’ Comedy Blap, Wallstud: Spincycle for Channel 4, Tim Renkow‘s Comedy Feed, A Brief History of Tim for BBC3 and has recently been cast in an exciting new online series for All 4, more details to be announced soon!
In her native Sweden, Mok was awarded the ‘One to Watch’ award at the Swedish Stand-up Gala and has appeared on the local versions of ‘Would I lie to you‘ (Tror du jag ljuger), ‘Fonejacker‘ (Telefonpiraterna), ‘Have I got News for You’ (Hårdvinklat) and ‘Evelyn’s videoblogg‘ her own 10-part webb-series based on one of her comedy characters, which she wrote and starred in for the Swedish National Broadcasting Network (SVT).
This August Evelyn debuted her first solo stand-up hour, Hymen Manoeuvre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show was incredibly well-received, garnering favourable reviews from publications, audiences and fellow comedians including Graham Norton and Sarah Millican, as well as receiving the Best Newcomer award at the inaugural Indie Awards presented by The Pleasance Theatre Trust. Currently, Evelyn is developing her own sitcom with Emmy Award winning production company ME&YOU and has already performed a live-version of the script for an enthralled audience at The Soho Theatre in London. Certainly living up to Time Out Magazine’s statement ‘One to Watch’, this very talented comic is questioning the norms of convention and boldly breaking the mould of what it means to be a woman of colour in comedy.
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“proves herself to have an ambition, originality and wit that augurs well” – The Times
“she’s not someone who panders to a room to get them to love her, as proved beyond doubt with a brutal but funny description of her sexual appetite or her period, that carries an inherent ‘sod you’ to any man who’s not comfortable with such talk“ – Steve Bennett, Chortle
“honest and revealing comedy… both poignant and funny” – **** ShortCom
“seamlessly weaves personal anecdotes with complex cultural and political themes” – **** The Skinny
“Uncensored, unapologetic and… wildly refreshing” – **** BroadwayBaby
“Brilliantly sharp” – **** The Student Newspaper
“On her way to becoming a top player in the comedy hemisphere” – Swedish Stand Up Gala
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