Gina Yashere



British stand-up comedian Gina Yashere was born on April 6, 1973 in Finsbury Park, England. She is one of the top 10 finalists competing in the NBC reality talent show Last Comic Standing. A Londoner of Nigerian descent, before she pursued a career in comedy, she worked as a lift maintenance engineer. In 1996, she was a finalist in the long-running annual Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition. She has worked on a number of television productions, such as Mock the Week, Lenny Henny in Pieces, Jo Brand’s Hot Potatoes, and Gina’s Laughing Gear. She also voices Keisha in the animated series Bromwell High.


Another reality television show she participated in was Comic Relief does Fame Academy, in order to support the charity organization Comic Relief. Yashere co-hosted the 2006 MOBO Awards alongside Grammy Award-winning rapper Coolio. She can also be heard on her own BBC Radio London show, as well as The Powder Room on Radio 2. She worked on the feature films Mr. In-Between and Kiss Kiss, along with acting onstage in a West End production of The Vagina Monologues. She has also written a number of plays for BBC Radio 4, as well as sketches for Richard Blackwood’s Channel 4 series.

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Birth Name

Gina Yashere



Fun Facts

- She was on Last Comic Standing
- She is British and Nigerian
- She was the first person eliminated on Last Comic Standing 5. Because she was the only one of her race, the show lost all its black fans that seasons.
- She was the first British person signed to Def Jam.


2010-2011: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV series) - Herself - Surly Psychic
2010: Married Single Other (TV series) - Flo
2010: Out in the Desert (documentary) - Herself
2010: 1st Amendment Stand Up (TV series) - Herself - Comedian
2010: Spicks and Specks (TV series) - Herself
2010: The 5 O'Clock Show (TV series) - Herself
2010: Cracker Night (TV movie) - Herself
2010: Good News Week (TV series) - Herself
2010: The Brian McKnight Show (TV series) - Herself
2009-2010: The Jay Leno Show (TV series) - Herself - Correspondent
2008-2010: Loose Women (TV series) - Herself
2009: Jack Dee Live at the Apollo (TV series) - Herself
2009: Angela and Friends (TV series) - Herself 2009: Just for Laughs (TV series) - Herself
2009: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (TV series) - Herself
2009: Black to the Future (TV series) - Herself
2009: Skavlan (TV series) - Herself - Guest
2006-2009: Mock the Week (TV series) - Herself
2008: The Time of the End (short) - The Messiah
2008: Next Up (video) - Herself
2008: History of the Joke (TV documentary) - Herself
2008: Def Comedy Jam (TV series) - Herself - Comedian
2008: Gina Yashere: Skinny B*tch (TV movie) - Herself
2007: Last Comic Standing (TV series) - Herself - Comedian
2005-2007: Breakfast (TV series) - Herself
2006: Keep Your Hair On (TV series short) - Herself - Presenter
2006: MOBO Awards 2006 (TV movie) - Herself - Host
2006: Girls Who Do: Comedy (TV series documentary) - Herself
2006: Stars in Fast Cars (TV series) - Herself
2005-2006: The Wright Stuff (TV series) - Herself - Guest Panelist
2005: Bromwell High (TV series) - Keisha Marie
2005: Comic Relief Does Fame Academy (TV series) - Herself (Series 2)
2005: Mastermind (TV series) - Herself
2005: Greatest TV Comedy Moments (TV documentary) - Herself
2005: The Bigger Picture (TV series) - Herself
2005: Big Brother's Most Outrageous Moments (TV documentary) - Herself
2005: Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 (TV movie) - Herself
2005: Comic Relief in da Bungalow (TV series) - Herself
2005: The Comic Side of 7 Days (TV series) - Herself
2005: The Comedians' Comedian (TV documentary) - Herself
2001-2005: Richard & Judy (TV series) - Herself
2004: The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (TV documentary) - Herself
2004: Win, Lose or Draw Late (TV series) - Herself
2004: Test the Nation: The Popular Music Test (TV movie) - Herself - Celebrity Participant
2004: X-Rated: The Pop Videos They Tried to Ban (TV documentary) - Herself
2004: Celebrity Poker Club (TV series) - Herself
2004: The Lenny Henry Show (TV series) - Herself
2004: Rock 'n' Roll Myths (TV mini-series documentary) - Herself
2003: Comic Relief Does University Challenge (TV movie) - Herself
2002: 24 Heaven (TV documentary) - Herself
2002: It's Only TV... But I Like It (TV series) - Herself
2002: The Spider-Man Story (TV documentary) - Herself
2002: Hot Potatoes (TV series) - Herself
2001: I Love 1980's (TV series documentary) - Herself
2001: I Love Christmas (TV documentary) - Herself
2001: Stop! Kung Fu! (TV series) - Herself
2001: I Love 1990's (TV series documentary) - Herself
2001: Mr In-Between - Dancing Woman
2001: Bad Hair Days (TV documentary) - Herself
2001: There's Only One Madonna (TV documentary) - Herself
2001: Up Late (TV series documentary) - Herself - Guest Host
2001: Public Eminem #1 (TV documentary) - Herself
2001: Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) - Polythene Pam
2000: I Love a 1970's Christmas (TV documentary) - Herself
2000: Live Talk (TV series documentary) - Herself
2000: Lenny Henry in Pieces (TV series)
1999: Comedy Café (TV series) - Herself
1998: Gas (TV series) - Himself
1997: Live at Jongleurs (TV series) - Herself - Comedian
1996: The Big Big Talent Show (TV series) - Herself
1996: Blouse and Skirt (TV series) - Herself

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