Masai Graham

"My Dad suggested I register for a donor card. He's a man after my own heart"

What do you do?

I'm a care worker and I do stand up comedy in my spare time. I do one liners and puns.

I won Joke of the Fringe at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with my joke "My Dad suggested I register for a donor card. He's a man after my own heart".

In same year I won Leicester Comedy Festival's UK Pun Championship UK!

How did you get to where you are?

I'm West Bromwich born and bred, but now live in Leicester. I started writing jokes as a hobby with no intention of going on stage. Then after a year I hit the open mic scene and really enjoyed it.

Fast forward 10 years and I now run 6 shows a day at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. My solo shows 101 Clean Jokes, 101 Naughty Jokes and a compilation show The One Liner Show.

Why do you love what you do?

I enjoy the process of writing jokes, whether they're clean or naughty. I am fascinated with word play. I love testing them out on live audiences to see if they sink or swim. In my One Liner Show I enjoy giving opportunities to other one liner comics.

Why Leicester?

I moved to Leicester during lockdown so I haven't really seen it! I moved here to be with my girlfriend. She tells me that Firebug is a great night out and won't let me forget that Leicester won the league the same year I won the UK Pun Championship (cuz I'm a Newcastle Fan!). Even though I grew up in West Bromwich, I chose Newcastle because my Dad's black and my mom's white.

What next?

I'm working on an online sketch show with my girlfriend called "The Masai and Kirsty Mini Sketch Show", which will be out soon!

Eye On Leicester: Fans of the UK Pun Championships can search #UKPunDay for all the jokes that have been shared online today and check out the online UK Pun Off at 7pm on Monday 8th February! Tickets available here:

Reader Recommendations....

Check out Gary Delaney and my fellow Black Country comedians Darren Harriott and Annette Fagon!


Twitter: @masaigraham

Facebook: /MasaiGraham