Shappi Khorsandi at the New Theatre Royal

Hayley Garner, one half of street artist duo Nomad Clan, working on the mural at Play Dead studio in Highland Road, Southsea

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The heaving crowd inside Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal waited in anticipation for the arrival of one of the country’s top female comedians, Shappi Khorsandi.

After realising the reason her mic wasn’t working was due to the fact that she had not turned it on, Miss Khorsandi explained that due to the recession she has had to resort to being her own support act, but assured us that the ‘main’ part of the show would be much slicker and funnier.

Shappi went on to share with us her Albert Road experience, before chatting to a hen party about love, life and, of course, divorce.

While talking of her education, Shappi was interrupted by her dog – Benjamin – who invaded the stage, which lead to her brother – Pavan – briefly taking her place at the mic.

During the second half of the show, Shappi joked about her first experience on the London Underground, her dating and relationship woes, the ‘British Citizen Test For Dummies’ and the joys of parenthood, as well as treating us to a fantastic visual impression of Michael McIntyre, which had laughter echoing around the historic theatre.

With the hilarious show over, Shappi exited the stage to rapturous applause bringing an end to a fantastic night of comedy.

NICK COLLINS