Maria Shehata: Hero
Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market (Bottom)
31st July – 25th August (not 13th)
Award winning Egyptian-American comedian Maria Shehata returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a brand new hour of charmingly intimate and brutally honest comic storytelling.
After her transatlantic move for love fell apart (embarrassingly quickly), Maria found herself starting over with two trash bags of stuff and a £10k credit card bill. Her new housemate is an angry 83-year-old who never quite remembers who she is and her parents incessantly ask when she’s going to find someone to take care of her. This is the hilarious story of Maria’s attempt to be her own hero as she makes a home for herself in the UK.
Since the success of her critically acclaimed 2017 show Wisdomless, Maria Shehata has been seen/heard on Comic Relief Originals Anti Social – A Modern Dating Horror Story and How to Date Long Distance , BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme, BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking the News, BBC Three’s Period Dramas and Channel 5’s Greatest Celebrity Wind Ups… Ever! Maria quickly made a name for herself in the UK, performing at some of the biggest comedy clubs in the country and being selected by The 99 Club as one of the five best new performers at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. This year, Maria has supported Bill Burr at the 15,000 seat Resorts World Arena in Birmingham and released the raw and quirky relationship podcast Frank which she co-hosts alongside Olivia Lee.
Maria Shehata has trained in improv and sketch with UCB and Second City. She has written, produced and starred in an award-winning web series called My Super-Overactive Imagination which won Best Comedy at the Miami Web Fest where she was also nominated for Best Actress. Maria’s stand up has been featured on Comedy Central’s The Watch List, Showtime’s Bridging the Gap and Nuvo TV’s Stand Up and Deliver and she can be seen in The Cradle of Comedy and Hidden America with Jonah Ray. Maria also won Best Comedian at the Hollywood Festival of New Cinema and has appeared in the films 100 Jokes, Brand New Old Love and Just Like Us which premiered at the Tribeca Film Fest. Her writing has been published in Modern Love in the New York Times.