Karen Dunbar is one of Scotland’s best-known comedy actors. Originally from Ayr, Karen was a popular and talented DJ and karaoke host before she attended The Comedy...Read More
Karen Dunbar is one of Scotland’s best-known comedy actors. Originally from Ayr, Karen was a popular and talented DJ and karaoke host before she attended The Comedy Unit’s open auditions in 1997. The company were so impressed by her that they immediately put her to work on their BBC Radio Scotland sketch show Chewin’ the Fat with Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill.
Karen has also made a huge impact with her live stand-up act which has sold out for three years running at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and for two years at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and also took her to the New York Comedy Expo and The Adelaide Comedy Festival.
In 2008 Karen performed the Denise Mina monologue A Drunk Woman looks at the Thistle at both Oran Mor Theatre in Glasgow and then again during the Edinburgh Festival, receiving a nomination from The Stage for Best Solo Acting Performance. In 2010 Karen made her debut at the National Theatre in London playing Mrs Harris in Josie Rourke's critically acclaimed production of Men Should Weep and also performed a one-woman show Stand Up Drunk at Oran Mor for two weeks over Christmas. In 2011 Karen performed a late night show Looser Women at the Gilded Balloon for the Edinburgh Festival. 2012 saw Karen play Rose Ouimet in The Guid Sisters a co-production between The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland.
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