Ayesha Hazarika MBE is a broadcaster, writer and award-winning comedian. She is a much sought after political pundit with great wit and insight, appearing regularly across shows on the BBC, Sky, ITN and Dave as well as writing for national newspapers and print including the FT, Guardian, Grazia, The Scotsman and New Statesman. Ayesha is a guest presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review, leading the weeks discussion on all things cultural and was previously a lead panel presenter on CNN Talk (CNN international) and a regular presenter on LBC.
In 2019 Ayesha Hazarika took over as Editor of The Londoner, the Evening Standard’s Daily Diary section, where she distils the latest news and insights from across the capital. Ayesha continues with her hugely popular column for the Evening Standard every Wednesday. Ayesha is a much sought-after political expert and broadcaster after serving as Chief of Staff to Harriet Harman, Labour Deputy Leader and twice Acting Leader of the Labour Party.
In 2016 Ayesha returned to stand-up, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She toured with the hilarious State of the Nation inspired by her time in politics which was followed by a run at Soho Theatre. In 2018 she toured again with a new stand-up show called Girl on Girl – The Fight for Feminism culminating in a two week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Ayesha is in high demand as a speaker and host due to her unique ability to combine laser sharp political insight gleaned from the inside track at Westminster and her funny bones honed in the world of comedy stand up. She considers how politics works, how messages are communicated, and how government policy is formed and influenced. She also addresses the future of culture, media and the creative industries in a climate of cuts and unequal opportunities. As well as a political overview and analysis Ayesha looks at the role of women in politics and the challenges they often face in their careers interspersed with laugh out loud funnies.
“Ayesha gave us some real and no-punches-pulled insight into Labour and politics more widely, which is something you don’t hear that often at a corporate gig. She managed to make everyone laugh while maintaining a serious presentation. She is also a very uplifting presence on stage, if that makes sense. I’m a big fan and expected her to be good – but she was superb. Feedback from the audience has been uniformly excellent.”
“Relaxed, Mischievous and with a mind like a steel trap…go and see what she has to say.”
“Hazarika’s return to stand up is also public service, never less than entertaining”
“Ayesha was a great hit at the dinner it was just the right balance of political insight mixed with humour – and feedback from delegates has been great!”
ABI (Association of British Insurers)
“She went down great with the audience, really enjoyed the speech and to top it all, she’s delightful company! So very pleased”
“She was just what the event needed, the perfect compere. She went down such a storm with the whole crowd and the feedback we’ve had on her is simply brilliant so please do thank her again from us…”