Olga Koch is a stand up comedian, writer, occasional actor and transatlantic provocateur.
Since arriving in the UK in 2014, Olga has quickly earned a fierce reputation on the comedy circuit. Having lived in Russia, Germany, the US and the UK - she speaks confidently and hilariously on current affairs both global and personal. She has trained at the UCB Theatre in New York, The Soho Theatre Young Company and The Free Association Improv program and holds a degree in computer science from New York University, which often inspires her work. Olga co-runs the monthly comedy night Joy Multiplication and frequently appears on the Trashfuture podcast.
In 2018, Olga performed at Union Chapel alongside Reg D. Hunter and Seann Walsh, recorded for Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central on Comedy Central and appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show. She has written and starred in several BBC Three's ‘Quickies’, with one of her sketches attracting nearly a million hits. She also co-wrote the feminist sci-fi play "Data Night" with Catherine Brinkworth.
In 2018, she was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for her debut hour, Fight, which premiered at The Pleasance Courtyard. Directed by Charlie Dinkin and produced by Berk’s Nest,Fight has been described as "a hybrid of a John le Carre novel and an episode of Black Mirror" by Bruce Dessau of The Evening Standard.
Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018 - Best Newcomer Nominee
99 Club Bursary Award - Finalist 2018
Funny Women Awards 2017 - Regional Finalist
Amused Moose National New COmic Award 2017 - Finalist
Selected for BBC New Comedy Award 2016 & 2o17
Leicester Square New Comedian of the year 2016 - Finalist
So You Think You're Funny 2016 - Semi-Finalist
Praise for FIGHT:
"I honestly can't believe this is her debut hour: the performance is slick, impeccably timed and every joke lands"
"A very confident debut... an assured and endearing hour of stand up storytelling"
"An impressive debut... unique, interesting, and very funny"
"Hearing this strange-but-true story is worth the ticket price alone"
"Filled with good gags... this is a very promising debut"
The Arts Desk
"Tightly structured, amusing anecdotes and a sense of mild peril"
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"I would expect to see her make inroads into the comedy scene fairly quickly."
"A Naturally comic mind."