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Loretta Maine

Loretta Maine is a stage character created and performed by British comedian Pippa Evans. Loretta is a troubled American singer-songwriter, embittered and drunken. After the character went down a storm in Evans’ 2008 award-nominated show at the Edinburgh Festival, Evans gave her a backing band (called Dog Vagina) and her own show. The character Loretta has established Evans as a popular headliner on the London comedy club circuit, and in 2009 led to her performing on... Read more >>

Loretta Maine

Loretta Maine Overview

Loretta Maine is a stage character created and performed by British comedian Pippa Evans. Loretta is a troubled American singer-songwriter, embittered and drunken. After the character went down a storm in Evans’ 2008 award-nominated show at the Edinburgh Festival, Evans gave her a backing band (called Dog Vagina) and her own show. The character Loretta has established Evans as a popular headliner on the London comedy club circuit, and in 2009 led to her performing on the BBC Radio 4 series Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash.

Evans’ dramatic career started with studying Drama and Theatre at Birmingham University. She subsequently joined Scratch improvisation comedy troupe, and appeared at London’s Canal Cafe Theatre in a topical comedy show called Newsrevue. Her major breakthrough came in 2008 when, after being nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, she had a short stint at Soho Theatre in London, and gained second place in Hackney Empire’s New Act of the Year competition.

Evans has toured extensively as a cast member of the award-winning improv team behind the stage show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. In early 2011 the show came to the West End and had a series broadcast on BBC Radio Four. Evans has also performed as a series regular on the BBC television improv show Fast and Loose (2011). A regular on Newsjack (2011), Evans has also made guest appearances on the Radio 4 satire show The Now Show.

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