what/who

Actor/Comedian/Writer

Diane Spencer is comedian, actor and writer.  Diane is best known as a stand-up comedian on the UK circuit and has performed worldwide, achieving international recognition for her hilarious work.

Diane’s sweet-natured persona, combined with a perverse, quarrelsome facade, makes her a mixture between a pleasant, ginger Alice from Wonderland and the Mad Hatter.      Fest Mag

Diane began her career as an actress after gaining a BA Hons degree in Drama at Loughborough University and a LAMDA Gold Medal.  Diane has acted in various commercials; appeared in a Japanese film ‘Climbers High’ (2010) directed by Masato Harada; and received a Best Actress nomination for her role in a short 48 hrs film “Nature’s Baby” directed by Luke Wheeler.  In the UK, Diane has also appeared in a comedy pilot show “The Boy with Tape on his Face” (BBC3) last year and performed in sketches for “Britain Unzipped” (BBC3).

Diane looks like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, but you quickly discover she could sear the paint off your front door with her squirm-inducing tales of sexual haplessness. Sunday Express

Diane debuted at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2009, as part of the “Big Comedy Breakfast”, then returned with a new hour “Lost in the Mouth Specific” in 2010 performed on the PBH free fringe.  This show and her early work on the UK circuit led to Diane winning the Chortle Award for Best Newcomer (2011).  Since then she has written a brand new show every year, each receiving critical acclaim.

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Nominations/Awards

  • The New Current Woman of the Year 2013
  • Top 5 Hottest Comedy Shows, Edinburgh Fringe 2012 (The Scotsman)
  • Nominated Best Comedy (Emerging), Adelaide Fringe Awards 2011
  • Winner: Chortle Awards 2011: Best Newcomer
  • “Hottest Comedians 2010″ Londonisfunny.com
  • Nominated Best Actress, 2009, 48 Hr Film Competition, Auckland heat.
  • Nominated Best Female Comedian, NZ Comedy Guild 2009
  • Nominated Andrew Kovacevich Cup, NZ Comedy Guild 2009
  • Nominated Best Newcomer, NZ Comedy Guild, 2007
  • Highly Commended Finalist, RAW Comedy Quest, Auckland 2007

Television performances

  • Talking head, “50 Funniest Moments of 2013″, Channel 4, Objective Scotland
  • Talking head, “50 Funniest Moments of 2012″, Channel 4, Objective Scotland
  • Various sketch parts “Britain Unzipped”, BBC 3
  • Various sketch parts, “The Boy with Tape on his Face” (PILOT), BBC
  • “A Night at the Classic”, appearing as self, TV show, Auckland NZ, dir. Josh Thomson (NZ)

Writing Credits

  • “Nancy Dell’Olio: Rainbows from Diamonds” (Edinburgh Fringe festival 2014)
  • “Newsjack” Series 9, 2013, radio show produced by BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • “50 Funniest Moments of 2013″, tv show produced by Objective Scotland for Channel 4
  • “50 Funniest Moments of 2012″, tv show produced by Objective Scotland for Channel 4

Live performances

Diane has written 5 hour long standup shows, and performed them at various festivals worldwide to international critical acclaim.  Diane’s Youtube Channel contains full length recordings of her shows from 2009 – 2012 and the new special of her latest show “Hurricane Diane” will be available in June 2014.

  • “Hurricane Diane” (2013)
  • “Exquisite Bad Taste”(2012)
  • “All-Pervading Madness” (2011)
  • “Lost in the Mouth Specific” (2010
  • “TamPomPom” (2009)
  • “Spam Pig!” (2008), standup show written and performed with Vaughan King

To get in touch, contact us at info at difunny.com.