British comedian Shappi Khorsandi has just touched down in Brisbane to join the I’m a Celebrity line-up. We hope the jungle’s snakes and spiders appreciate a good giggle, because there’s going to be a Shappi-sized hole in our Twitter feed until she’s back online.
Shappi Khorsandi is the latest high-profile masochist to put herself through the I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! wringer. Landing in Australia yesterday, the stand-up comedian and author joked that her “ideal man” for a jungle romance would be “one who has snuck a mobile phone in”.
For the sake of all of us stuck at our desks and looking for distraction, we have to really hope she finds the rule-breaker of her dreams. Because Khorsandi is officially one of the most sparkling voices on Twitter: when Stylist ran a poll to find the funniest British woman cracking jokes on the social media site, she ranked in the top 10, alongside Caitlin Moran and Stylist columnist Lucy Mangan.
Khorsandi often tweets about her kids, and her attitude to parenting is one we can definitely get on board with.
My ten year old is downstairs getting my four year old breakfast. Just need to train the cats to cook lunch and I can stay in bed all day.— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) November 11, 2017
She really loves her cat.
Very proud of my Tom cat standing his ground and miaowing down rival tom, defending his territory. Woke up the ENTIRE street but still, the shed roof is yours my tabby warrior.— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) November 13, 2017
Though he does not seem fond of her non-furry children.
Woke up to find my cat sitting on my son's head. Son's head is 5, can take it...WHAT IF HE DOES THIS TO THE BABY???? panicking already.— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) December 5, 2012
And she understands the struggles of being British.
Comforting to see other women too put brollies up against barely-there rain to protect recent blow-dry.— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) October 11, 2017
But as well as cracking jokes, Khorsandi uses her public platform for advocacy. She’s of Iranian origin, and has been vocal about the wrongful imprisonment of British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe in Iran, and Boris Johnson’s appalling mishandling of the situation.
To some people, Iran is a country where their mum and dad live and so they go to visit. The ski and snowboarding is wonderful. How hard is that to understand Mr Gove and Johnson? Why ever did you talk such damaging bollocks? #FreeNazanin https://t.co/rJskzy0Psn— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) November 12, 2017
Iran's hardliners don't do 'ah! Just a misunderstanding!' They have no mercy. That's why we are here Boris! Our whole country got hijacked.— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) November 7, 2017
Khorsandi will be joined in the jungle by YouTuber Jack Maynard, soap favourites Jennie McAlpine and Jamie Lomas, Vanessa White from The Saturdays, Georgia Toffolo from Made in Chelsea and footballer Jamie Vardy’s wife Rebekah. There will be two sports figures: boxer Amir Khan and fooballer Dennis Wise.
There could be a few tense Bushtucker Trials over the next few weeks as the celebrity completing the line-up is Stanley Johnson, father of the foreign secretary.
Speaking to The Sun yesterday, Johnson senior insisted he had no idea what had happened with Zaghari-Radcliffe. “I’ve been out of touch for three weeks,” he claimed.
Either way, we know who we’ll be cheering for when the show starts on Sunday (19 November) on ITV.
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