Susan Calman

‘Properly funny… lovely!’ – THE SCOTSMAN

‘Cutting and clever’ – THE EDINBURGH REPORTER


Susan Calman used to be a corporate lawyer and in her time has worked on Death Row in America, at the United Nations in Geneva and been in charge of Vacuum Cleaners and Microwaves at an electrical superstore.

In 2006 she decided to give up her promising career in the Law to be a comedian. She reached the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards and ‘So You Think You’re Funny’, was a finalist in the prestigious ‘Funny Women’ competition in 2006 and she hasn’t stopped since.

In 2007 Susan was cast in ‘Ugly Kid’, a sketch show which was a sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival and following critical acclaim, was commissioned as a pilot for Channel 4. The show was renamed ‘Blowout’ and the cast went on to be awarded a Scottish BAFTA that same year.

On Radio 4 Susan has appeared on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Now Show, Dilemma, So Wrong it’s Right and presented Woman’s Hour. She’s recorded two series of her own sitcom for Radio 4 and four solo series for the station.

Sometimes Susan is allowed on television and has been on QI, HIGNFY and Mock the Week. She’ll soon be seen acting in the new BBC One sitcom Home from Home starring Johnny Vegas. She’s hosted daytime shows like The Boss and Armchair Detectives as well as the CBBC show Top Class. In 2017 she made it to week ten of Strictly Come Dancing, which was quite unexpected.

Susan is currently writing the follow up to her hugely successful first book “Cheer Up Love” and also contributed to the Penguin published Doctor Who collection of stories “The Day She Saved The Doctor”.

Susan lives in Glasgow and is lucky enough to be married with five cats.

“Feisty Scot Calman is one of the best female comics to ever come out of the land of bagpipes and haggis. She’ll make you chuckle your pants off” – Time Out 2009

“Calman fizzed manic energy, alternating between confessional tales and playing with facts she teased out of the audience…a perfect start to a fun-filled evening” – Edinburgh Evening News

“Rarely have I observed an audience uniformly laugh so much… Not only is absolutely every person laughing, but they are falling about. And they don’t stop for the entire hour.” – Scotsgay

“Who better to be locked away with at the end of the world than The Calminator?…Fabulous” –

“Calman can wring humour out of an Asda chicken and bacon bake… Sharp, warm and massively entertaining, Calman’s show is not one to miss if you take your pleasures seriously” – Chortle