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Who is ‘firecracker’ comedian Sara Barron, and where is she from?

Bruno Cooke November 29, 2020
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Described variously as “the judgmental joker”, “human firecracker” and “queen of mean”, Sara Barron has made a big splash since her 2018 debut ‘For Worse’. Who is Sara Barron?

She is from New York and Chicago

Fast-speaking comedian and Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Awards best newcomer nominee Sara Barron hails from Chicago. However, she spent eight formative years waiting tables in New York.

From the Big Apple, she moved to London, where her comedy career began.

Now 41, Barron has lived in the UK for several years. She thinks highly of what she calls British “self-loathing”. 

Her comedy delves into universal issues such as relationships (the Seven Year Itch), the #MeToo movement and how tight her jeans are.

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Her take-no-prisoners delivery and “riotous routines” have earned high praise from the Evening Standard’s Bruce Dessau, while The Glee Club has described her as “one of the fastest-rising stars in the UK”.

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Accordingly to Independent Weekly, Sara Barron is a “delightful combination of Kristin Wiig and Lucille Ball”. 

For those who don’t know, Kristin Wiig’s first venture into comedy was as a member of the improvisational troupe The Groundlings, which laid the groundwork for her work with SNL.

Lucille Ball, on the other hand, had a comedy career spanning more than half a century, from 1928 to 1989. For her contributions to popular culture, she has received not one but two stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

In other words, it is a flattering comparison.

The Chicago Sun-Times, meanwhile, said Barron’s “relentlessly self-deprecating” book “rib-ticklingly eviscerated” its subject matter. Others, too, have said good things about it:

Sara Barron will compete alongside Rickie Haywood-Williams, Jessica Fostekew and Anton Du Beke in Richard Osman’s House Of Games.

The gameshow is available to watch on BBC Two next week, Monday to Friday at 6pm, or on iPlayer.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.