Edinburgh Festival Best Show Nominee 2017
Fringe World Best Comedy Show Nominee 2018
"A fast talking, smart-thinking standup for whom the adjective "kooky" could have been invented for." - The Guardian
Elf Lyons is an award winning red-hatted comedian, actor and writer. She is known for her distinctive and unique voice - which mixes stand-up, sass, clowning, drag and astute social commentary to create ungainly, surreal comedy spectacles on stage.
TV appearances includes The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Comedians Against Living Miserably Comedy Gala (Dave), The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC), Unexpected Fluids (Radio 1), Evil Genius (BBC Sounds), and BBC World Service's Stand Up Show – London (BBC World Service). She wrote and starred in her own BBC Three short.
In October 2018, she performed at the Nuffield Southampton Theatre in the title role of the NST Laboratory Associates' highly acclaimed production of Medusa. In 2019 she completed her first UK wide tour, Love Songs To Guinea Pigs."
Alongside performing, Elf is a well-respected writer. She has written articles for The Times, The Independent, Londonist, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Refinery29, The Telegraph amongst others. In July 2017 Elf was on the cover of the Observer Magazine for her article ‘In Praise of Polyamory’. Elf has a BA from Bristol in Drama, an MA from Queen Mary in Theatre & Performance, has studied at the renowned theatre school L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris. She is a graduate of the Duckie Homosexualist Summer School at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and a member of Soho Young Company’s Drag and Cabaret course
In October 2018, she performed at the Nuffield Southampton Theatre in the title role of the NST Laboratory Associates' highly acclaimed production of Medusa. She is currently on her first UK tour with her show, Love Songs To Guinea Pigs.
"Lyons is doing as she likes, making the kind of shows she wants to make, finding new ways of expressing her comic voice and creating images, language and ideas on stage which are all absolutely her own.” - Beyond the Joke
"This is comedy as enchantment, a show so beguiling that you don’t just love it, you somehow fall in love with it.” - The Scotsman
“The most wonderful stand-up comedian I have seen this year.” - Young Perspective
"Hysterical tour de force" - Three Weeks
Previous awards & nominations:
NOMINEE - Fringe Wolrd Best Show 2018
WINNER - Adelaide Pick of the Fringe 2018
BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017
NOMINEE - Malcolm Hardee Award 2017
FINALIST - Man-Up Drag King 2017
The Sunday Times 'Ones to Watch" 2017
British Vogue's '20 Names of Now' 2017
FINALIST - Funny Women Award 2016
Elf was absolutely brilliant at our International Women's Day event - she has such great stage presence and is a true performer. - Alex Dalman, Senior Account Manager, VCCP