Sharp Wit & Insightful

Kate Smurthwaite

Fearless and dynamic comedian, activist, and commentator who fearlessly tackles societal and political issues with her sharp wit and insightful perspectives.


Kate Smurthwaite is a bold and uncompromising comedian, activist, and voice in the world of comedy. With her distinctive blend of left-wing politics, feminism, atheism, and polyamory, she fearlessly tackles social and political issues on stage and beyond.

A seasoned performer, Kate has taken her stand-up comedy across the UK and around the globe, captivating audiences with her sharp wit and insightful commentary. From major comedy clubs like Manford’s, The Stand, The Comedy Store, and Piccadilly Comedy Club to alternative venues such as Quantum Leopard, What The Frock, Bring Your Own Baby, and The Poodle Club, Kate’s versatility and magnetic stage presence have earned her a loyal following.

Her talent and impact have not gone unnoticed. In 2013, Kate received a prestigious Three Week’s Editor’s Choice Award, recognizing her as one of the top ten highlights of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The following year, she was nominated for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her tireless campaigning against violence against women.

Beyond her stand-up career, Kate has made significant contributions to various media platforms. She has appeared as a panelist on shows like Question Time, The Big Questions, This Morning, and Newsnight, lending her informed and articulate voice to important discussions. Her writings have been featured in esteemed publications such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, and Cosmopolitan, covering a wide range of topics with intelligence and insight.

Kate’s influence extends to television, radio, and web series, including notable appearances on Have I Got News For You and BBC3’s BAFTA-winning The Revolution Will Be Televised. She is also internationally recognized for her viral video, “Atheist Bitchslap,” which has garnered widespread attention.

Through her campaigning work, Kate has championed causes close to her heart. She has served as a spokesperson for Abortion Rights UK, advocating for reproductive rights, and has supported female asylum seekers through organizations like Women For Refugee Women and Women Asylum Seekers Together.

Kate Smurthwaite is not just a comedian but a powerful voice for social justice and change. Her unwavering commitment to challenging norms and sparking meaningful conversations continues to inspire and entertain audiences worldwide.

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