Inspired by the success of her critically acclaimed and award winning 2012 show Uncomfortably Numb, stand-up comedian TIFF STEVENSON has received private equity funding to make a documentary which will explore plastic surgery, ageing and our perceptions of women’s faces which begins production in November 2014.
Uncomfortably Numb will combine interviews, animation, TIFF’s stand-up and her warm and funny approach to the topic will incorporate her own journey starting at 18 as a sufferer of body dysmorphia through to becoming an actor and award winning comedian. As TIFF investigates the beauty jargon that baffles us every day, will she unearth why we are so obsessed with ageing and our eternal desire to stay young? Will TIFF succeed in converting the attitude of our next generation of teenage girls?
TIFF says: “Sometimes I feel like beauty companies want us at war with our skin. ‘Battle the bulge, blitz spots, fights wrinkles’, it’s this apocalyptic battle and where will it end? Probably with a Mel Gibson film or maybe with a documentary about reclaiming women’s faces made by me.”
A frequent face on television screens, TIFF has appeared as a panellist on Mock the Week (BBC Two), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two) and The Apprentice: You’re Fired! (BBC Two). She was a finalist on ITV1’s Show Me the Funny and further television performances include The Office (BBC Two), Absolute Power (BBC Two), Balls of Steel (Channel 4), Only Joking (Sky), Celebrity Deal Or No Deal (Channel 4) and Live With Gabby (Five). TIFF has made regular appearances on Front Row (BBC Radio 4), MacCaulay & Co (BBC Radio Scotland), 7 Day Saturday & Sunday with AL MURRAY (BBC Radio 5 Live) and has recently hosted The Comedy Club (BBC Radio Four Extra). TIFF is curator and host of London’s legendary stand-up night Old Rope, a weekly showcase of new material from both distinguished and up-and-coming acts. The show has enjoyed a succession of sell-out runs at the fringe and TIFF’S solo Edinburgh stand-up shows Optimist, Uncomfortably Numb, Cavewoman, Dictators and Along Came a Spider have been met with critical acclaim at the festival, including the Mervyn Stutter’s Spirit of the Fringe in 2012 for Uncomfortably Numb.
“It’s not a frown line….it’s a philosophy crease…it’s where my thinking lives”
WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID ABOUT TIFF STEVENSON
“Mouthy, cynical and sexually frank” The Guardian
“Hilarious, beautifully written” **** Metro
“She truly belongs among the UK’s front ranks of stand ups” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“A stroke of genius. Witty, well-constructed and full of jokes” Sunday Telegraph
“Very Funny” Slash, Guns & Roses