Birth name Gina Obedapo Yashere
Born April 6, 1974 (age 41)
Bethnal Green, London
Medium Stand-up, television
Years active 1996-present
Genres Social satire, character comedy, Observational comedy
Subject(s) Culture, race, stereotypes, current events
Influences Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby
Gina Yashere at the British Library January 2016
Gina Obedapo Yashere (born 6 April 1974) is a British comedian.
1 Early life
2 Career as performer
3 Personal life
Yashere was born in Bethnal Green, London. Her mother was an immigrant from Nigeria. Before becoming a comedian, Yashere worked as a lift maintenance technician.
Career as performer
Yashere was a finalist in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition in 1996. She has appeared in many television programmes. She may be best known for appearing in the comedy series The Lenny Henry Show, where she played Tanya and Mrs Omokorede, the pushy Mum. She voiced Keisha on Bromwell High. In 2005, she appeared in the reality television series, Comic Relief does Fame Academy, in aid of Comic Relief, and she co-hosted the 2006 and 2007 MOBO Awards alongside 2 face and Coolio. She has made numerous appearances on Mock the Week, and appears on the CBBC show Gina's Laughing Gear.
In 2007, Yashere was featured on the reality show Last Comic Standing, auditioning in Sydney, Australia. She was among the ten finalists, but on 1 August 2007, she and Dante were the first two finalists eliminated.
In 2008, she became the first Briton to perform on Def Comedy Jam. On 3 September 2009, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and performed a stand-up comedy routine. On 24 December, she appeared on Live at the Apollo. She appeared twice on the short-lived primetime show The Jay Leno Show: on 21 October 2009, a video of Yashere showed her giving free fortune-telling readings to passers-by, and on 25 November 2009, she operated a walk-in psychic booth. Since 2010, she has appeared semi-regularly on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, in a sketch comedy series called "Madame Yashere: The Surly Psychic". In the sketches, she continues to give fake psychic readings to unsuspecting people on the street.
In 2010, she appeared as Flo in several episodes of the ITV drama Married Single Other. In April 2010 Yashere's one-hour comedy special, Skinny B*tch, premiered on Showtime, a US cable channel.
She appeared on Watch TV show Scream If You Know the Answer in 2010 with contestant Emily Green from Portsmouth. She helped Emily win the show with prize fund of £2,000.
In 2013 Yashere appeared in an advert for Tesco Mobile.
In 2015, Gina Yashere, was featured as a selected comic on "Gotham Comedy Live" that airs on AXS TV (season 4-Judah Friedlander). She also on January 8th, 2016 she appeared on "The Nasty Show with Artie Lange" which aired on Showtime.
Yashere currently lives in New York, but spends a significant part of the year travelling to do shows in the UK, Australia and the Far East.