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Pippa first made a splash on the comedy scene with an incredibly successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival where her debut solo show, Pippa Evans and Other Lonely People, was nominated for the if.comedy Best Newcomer Award 2008. The show, in which Pippa played a number of different characters, was a hit with audiences and critics alike, with The Scotsman praising her “searing talent as a comic writer, actor and versatile singer” and The Independent citing Pippa as “probably one of the most talented performers at Edinburgh this year.”
In 2009 Pippa returned to Edinburgh with Pippa Evans: Your Evening’s Entertainment! and more recently with Loretta Maine: I’m Not Drunk I Just Need To Talk To You in which she unleashed her alter-ego Loretta Maine, a sexy and psychotic American country and western singer-songwriter for a full show of her own. Backed by her band and with an arsenal of hilarious yet catchy songs audiences were once again captivated by Pippa’s perfectly realised character comedy. She returned to the Edinburgh Festival in 2012 with a whole new hour of Loretta entitled Loretta Maine: Bi-Polar.
Other than her extensive live work, performing around the country as Loretta Maine, Pippa can be found on your television boxes as a regular on BBC2’s improv comedy show Fast and Loose which aired in early 2011 and has recently been repeated. Other television credits include Live at the Electric, The Morgana Show, The Slammer and The Wrong Door.
Also an experienced radio performer, Pippa has appeared on The Now Show, Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash, Bigipedia, Les Kelly’s Britain - all for Radio 4 and is a regular cast member of NewsJack for Radio 4 Extra
In addition, Pippa has become something of a veteran of the improvisation scene, regularly performing with established groups both on the circuit and at the Fringe. She regularly guests with Grand Theft Impro and takes part in the various Improvathons across the UK (continuous improvised shows which demand the cast stay awake for periods of up to 50 hours) She is a core member of the award winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which enjoyed a critically acclaimed 2009, 2010 & 2011 Edinburgh runs and has now transferred to the West End.
Pippa has co-created the exciting and ground-breaking Sunday Assembly, the first Atheist Church organisation dedicated to gathering likeminded people; ‘a service for anyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.’
• Nominee: Chortle Awards: Sketch Variety or Character Act 2009
• Nominee: Chortle Awards: Best Newcomer 2009
• Nominee: if.comedy: Best Newcomer 2008
• Runner-Up: Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2008
As Part of Showstopper! Ensemble:
• Winner: Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe Award 2009
• Nominee: MTM Awards: Best Production 2009
• Nominee: MTM Awards: Judges’ Discretionary Award 2009