Helen Keen is a stand-up comedian and writer. Her solo shows mix stand-up with science, storytelling and inventively homemade props, spinning comedy out of such arcane and unlikely subjects as 19th-century Arctic exploration, or the development of the robot.
Helen was a finalist in several national stand-up competitions (Funny Women, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Hackney Empire New Act of the Year) before winning the first Channel 4 New Comedy Writing Award with writing partner Miriam Underhill. Since then she has written for, among others, Channel 4’s Friday Night Project and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and was a regular writer and performer on BBC Radio 1’s The Milk Run.
Helen’s first Edinburgh Fringe Show, It Is Rocket Science! (about the history of the space rocket) won the Buxton Festival Fringe Award for Best Comedy Performance and has been made into a four-part BBC Radio 4 series also starring Peter Serafinowicz and produced by Gareth Edwards, The second series ran from May 2012 on BBC Radio 4.
This summer, Helen takes her new solo show, Robot Woman of Tomorrow, to the Edinburgh Festival.
“Quirky, offbeat and original... Helen Keen is clearly someone to watch”
“Startlingly fine entertainment… crisp, sophisticated comedy”
“The effervescent rocket-buff Helen Keen”
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph