SHAPPI Khorsandi is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her arrival in Britain with a tour heading to Bridport.

She’s reclaiming patriotism and sending a love letter to her adopted land.

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and autumn UK tour, tickets to see the star of Live At The Apollo for her latest show – Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing To Morrissey, are on sale now.

Shappi has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm.

Shappi is the best-selling author of A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English, released in 2009.

Her debut novel Nina Is Not OK was published by Ebury in July 2016 to much critical acclaim and has just been released in paperback.

Shappi has notched up numerous high profile television appearances including; Channel 4’s Comedy Gala At The O2, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You and her own Comedy Store Special for Comedy Central.

She also had the honour of being nominated at the prestigious British Comedy Awards in the Best Female Comic category up against fellow nominee’s Jo Brand and Sarah Millican.

Shappi has also appeared as a panelist on ITV’s Loose Women and BBC One’s Question Time.

The daughter of the Iranian satirist Hadi Khorsandi, she left Iran as a child following the Islamic Revolution. Her father’s popularity as a satirist attacking the regime has ensured they cannot return to Iran.

As Shappi says, “obviously there’s free speech in Iran, but little freedom after you’ve spoken.”

In December 2015, Shappi was also elected president of the British Humanist Society. She was raised without any religion and identifies as an atheist and a humanist.

*Shappi is at Bridport Arts Centre on Friday March 10. The comedian will also be performing at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Thursday May 4. Call the box office for tickets.