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Edinburgh Festival Best Show Nominee 2017
Fringe World Best Comedy Show Nominee 2018
Adelaide Fringe Pick Of The Fringe Winner 2018
The Sunday Times 'Ones to Watch" 2017
British Vogue's '20 Names of Now'
"A fast talking, smart-thinking standup for whom the adjective "kooky" could have been invented for." - The Guardian
Elf Lyons is an award winning red-hatted comedian, actor and writer. She has written for and starred in her own BBC Three short and appeared on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4.
Known for her distinctive and unique voice - which mixes stand-up, sass, clowning, drag and astute social commentary to create ungainly, surreal comedy spectacles on stage. In 2017 her solo show SWAN at the Edinburgh Fringe was nominated for the Best Show Award and the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality. In 2018 it was in the final shortlist for Fringe World's Best Comedy Show and won the Adelaide Fringe ‘Pick of the Fringe’ award.
BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017
Malcolm Hardee Award Nominee 2017
Man-Up Drag King Finalist 2017
Funny Women Award Finalist
Alongside performing, Elf is a well-respected writer. She has written articles for The Times, The Independent, Londonist, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Refinery29, The Telegraph amongst others. In July 2017 Elf was on the cover of the Observer Magazine for her article ‘In Praise of Polyamory’.
Elf has a BA from Bristol in Drama, an MA from Queen Mary in Theatre & Performance, has studied at the renowned theatre school L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She is a graduate of the Duckie Homosexualist Summer School at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and a member of Soho Young Company’s Drag and Cabaret course.
In October 2018, she performed at the Nuffield Southampton Theatre in the title role of the NST Laboratory Associates' highly acclaimed production of Medusa.
"Lyons is doing as she likes, making the kind of shows she wants to make, finding new ways of expressing her comic voice and creating images, language and ideas on stage which are all absolutely her own.” - Beyond the Joke
"This is comedy as enchantment, a show so beguiling that you don’t just love it, you somehow fall in love with it.” - The Scotsman
"Her latest show, Swan, takes the Tchaikovsky classic Swan Lake and turns it into something no one has ever seen before. Given the opportunity to showcase her triple threat talents for dancing, singing and acting, this is a fantastic comedic success.” - Edinburgh Festival Magazine
“The most wonderful stand-up comedian I have seen this year.” - Young Perspective
"Hysterical tour de force" - Three Weeks