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Jessica Fostekew

Jessica Fostekew is the star of Motherland BBC and Cuckoo BBC/ Netflix, host of The Hoovering Podcast and regular co-host of the behemoth The Guilty Feminist. Guardian say she “wears her smarts on her sleeve, great stuff” and Fest called her “consistently hilarious.”

Nominated for The Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award ‘Best Show’ for her show Hench, she has since embarked on a sold out, international tour. Boosting her profile further with appearances on Live at the Apollo, QI and Harry Hill’s Clubnite. As an actor she starred in feature films Greed and Official Secrets, Dawn French’s The Trouble with Maggie Cole on ITV, Sharon Horgan’s Motherland on BBC 2 and is an episode guest lead in Series 5 of Cuckoo on BBC and Netflix.

She hosts her own podcast Hoovering all about eating which in less than a year has racked up nearly half a million downloads.

Jess is a regular co-host of behemoth podcast The Guilty Feminist and is all set to host a brilliant new podcast from the same producers in 2019 called X, Y, Z Boom.

She’s also been the regular host for several years now of BBC R4 Extra’s Comedy Club in the closing hours of weeknights

PLUS2017n BBC 1 – ‘Three Girls’
2016 C4 – ‘National Treasure’
2015 BBC 3 – ‘Javone Prince Show’
2016 & 2015 BBC R2 and R4 Extra – host of the BBC New Comedy Awards (stand up)
2014 ‘Knightmare Live’ – various characters – 5* sell-out Edinburgh run and a full UK Tour
2013 BBC – ‘Joke Thieves’ (pilot) (stand up)
2012 BBC R4 – ‘Stephen K Amos: Life, An Idiot’s Guide’ (stand up)
Have I Got News For You – BBC 1
Jason Manford’s Funny Old Week – ITV 1
8 out of 10 Cats – C4
Mock The Week – BBC 2
Standard Issue Magazine – regular features writer

Jess is in the middle of writing a narrative comedy for TV, a one-off drama for radio and some shorts just for the shitting love of it. She also writes for various other comedians, mainly quick-fire gubbins for telly:

Stand Up For The Week (2 series) – C4
BBC R4 News Quiz
BBC R4 Now Show
BBC R4 Dilemma
Huffington Post

“Intensely Funny…Fireball of Fun” Timeout

“This show will be another boon to her career” The Independent

“I would recommend not waiting long to see her” Edinburgh Festivals

“Really all about the jokes, and she doesn’t embark on a path unless there’s a funny at the end
of it, and ideally a few smaller ones along the way too. She also has a winning delivery,
adept at misdirection, and speaks with the confident cadence that instinctively matches the
rhythm of a joke… stand-up you might expect from a much more experienced performer”
Bennett, Chortle

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