Take 5 with comedian Fatiha El-Ghorri
24 Feb 2023
Up-and-coming stand-up Fatiha El-Ghorri will be taking to the iconic Concert Hall stage in March for the latest instalment of our Live at Brighton Dome series.
Never one to hold back, comic Fatiha El-Ghorri is rapidly becoming a ‘one to watch’ i, despite only having been on the circuit for a few years. By tackling hefty subjects such as divorce, gender stereotypes and Islamophobia and turning them on their head, Fatiha proves that serious topics can be funny too. Refreshingly open, Fatiha often draws on her own upbringing as a Moroccan-British woman growing up with 13 siblings in Hackney. Using comedy as a vehicle to break down barriers, Fatiha’s dry wit challenges any misconception that you can’t be both a proud Muslim woman and a side-splitting performer.
Following memorable appearances on The Jonathan Ross Show, The Russell Howard Hour, Comedy Central At The Edinburgh Fringe and, most recently, Outsiders on Dave, Fatiha has just embarked on her first solo Work in Progress tour across the country, stopping to take her place on the bill at Live at Brighton Dome.
Ahead of her appearance at Brighton’s biggest comedy night, we caught up with Fatiha to find out more...
1. For a long time, the world of comedy has been very male dominated. How do you navigate this as a female comedian?
The comedy world is still very much male dominated. I navigate it by just concentrating on my material, on growing and developing as a performer and a comedian and on gigging as much as possible.
2. You’re a Londoner, but not a stranger to Brighton – any favourite seaside memories to share?
I LOVE the seafront and the pier. In Morocco my family is from a small fishing town called Larache so I've always loved the sea and the water.
3. You’re embarking on your first ever Work In Progress tour, how’s it going?
It's going really well! My first show sold out! I am so overwhelmed by the lovely response and support for the show, and I am also incredibly grateful.
4. Do you have any pre-stage rituals?
I don't have a lucky hijab or anything like that but before performing, I like to get to the venue early and check out the space and the audience. I also like to have about 30 minutes to prepare before I go on stage, going through my jokes and thinking about which jokes I want to use on the night.
5. Describe what we can expect from your set in three words.
Fatiha will be appearing alongside Ed Gamble, Rachel Parris, Ivo Graham and Lou Sanders. Book now for Live at Brighton Dome on Sat 4 Mar and look out for the next Live at Brighton Dome date later this year.