Athena Kugblenu

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Athena Kugblenu is a stand-up comedian and writer. A 2015 BBC New Comedian of the Year finalist, she leads with intelligent, thought-provoking jokes that still have an edgy sting. Her first solo show, KMT, played the Edinburgh Fringe to 4 and 5-star reviews, as did her 2018 follow-up FOLLOW THE LEADER. Both featured in The Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph’s best jokes compilations.

By invitation, Athena has written for BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz and The Now Show), performed on BBC Radio Scotland (Funny Kind of World and Breaking the News), and hosts THE GUILTY FEMINIST podcast. She has appeared on Radio 4 staples Loose Ends and the Museum of Curiosity, and has performed at the world-renowned Johannesburg Comedy Festival, as well as Montreux's International Comedy Festival - in Dubai. You'll often catch her on Radio 5 Live - she was invited to co-host The Arts Hour in 2018 and is a trusted commentator on current affairs for the station.

Athena's also written content for Time Out and Stylist Magazine as she continues to be a powerful voice both online and in print.