Helen Keen is an innovative, award-winning stand-up comedian and writer. She began her career by winning the first Channel 4 New Comedy Writing prize, and went on to write material for various established TV and radio shows. Her 2008 debut solo show, It Is Rocket Science! won the Buxton Festival Fringe Award for Best Comedy Performance and extensively toured the UK and Ireland before being snapped up by BBC Radio 4. It has so far launched two popular and critically acclaimed series (and has been shortlisted for the 2013 WISE Media Award). The show also stars Peter Serafinowicz and is produced by Gareth Edwards (Mitchell & Webb, Spaced) and will return for a third run in early 2014.
As a live performer she toured the country with Robin Ince and Prof. Brian Cox as a guest of the Uncaged Monkeys, and she was later appointed the first Comedian in Residence at Newcastle’s Centre for Life science village. In August 2013 she compered the first ever live comedy night at CERN, Large Hadron Comedy, the event was webcast and attracted CERN’s largest international on-line audience since the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson...
She is a Radio 4 regular, appearing on The Infinite Monkey Cage, Jon Ronson On, Woman’s Hour, and will also be appearing on forthcoming second series of The Comedy Channel’s The Alternative Comedy Experience (curated by Stewart Lee), to be broadcast early next year.
“Harnessing a sharp comedy sensibility to an arsenal of fascinating facts, she's a treat for anyone who matches a sense of humour with an inquiring mind." - The Guardian
“The effervescent rocket-buff Helen Keen” - The Telegraph
“Quirky, offbeat and original... Helen Keen is clearly someone to watch” - The Sunday Times
“A sort of stand-up version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” - The Times