A huge congratulations to Kent Drama graduate Kyrah Gray who will perform stand-up comedy for Mo Gilligan and Friends:The Black British Takeover Part 2 at the O2 arena tonight. Kyrah started her comedy career at Kent in 2019, where she performed her debut comedy set at Monkeyshine during her third year stand-up module. Kyrah has also recently been signed to Off The Kerb which is one of the leading comedy agencies in the UK.
‘One to watch… compelling stage presence: easygoing yet with a natural vibrancy that buoys the room. The charisma is backed with solid material’
Dr Oliver Double, head of the School of Arts, previously interviewed Kyrah for his podcast, Proper Job Gradcast. In the episode they speak about starting out as a stand-up comedian. Kyrah also speaks about balancing day jobs with a comedy career, and how the transferrable skills you get in a drama degree set you up for even the most conventional job. Dr Double had this to say about the success of his former student:
I first saw Kyrah perform in a very funny comedy sketch that was part of an assessment at the end of her first year. It was very clear that she was a gifted comic performer. In her third year, I taught her on our stand-up comedy module and again, she just aced it, getting consistently big laughs. I’m so proud of her!
This is a fantastic achievement and we can’t wait to see what Kyrah does next!