Ava Vidal

Former prison officer turned stand-up comedian

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Ava Vidal became a mother at 18, and spent five years as a prison guard at London's Pentonville prison. A chance viewing of a Chris Rock routine inspired her to pursue a career in comedy, and she quickly became a fixture of the stand-up circuit. Ava juggles motherhood with a hectic schedule of comedy club dates and TV appearances, both as a comic and a commentator. Critically judged as 'a face of the future', she performs in the UK, America, Canada and Australia, and is an occasional journalist.

Ava Vidal has become a regular presence on television since she turned heads as the BBC New Comedy Awards' only female finalist in the very first year of her career. She has appeared on Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Comedy Central's The World Stands Up, Edinburgh and Beyond and C4 reality show Kings of Comedy. Ava was the subject of the documentary From the Top, detailing her background and development as a comedian.

As a commentator, Ava has contributed to The Wright Stuff, Daybreak, ITN News and BBC World Have Your Say. She has written for The Independent and The Guardian, and has used racist abuse directed at her as fuel for her acclaimed solo stand-up show.

In a less serious vein, she has also appeared on 'a couple of Top 100 shows where people like me who have achieved nothing get to comment on more successful people that have made a few mistakes.'


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