“Alison Larkin offers hugely entertaining reflections on how we become the kind of people we think we are . . . nature versus nurture, the eternal search for roots and the ups and downs of the great Anglo American love affair —marvelously light-footed — a lesson in the human condition.”
—Clive Davies, The Times, London
In her hilarious, poignant new show Alison Larkin LIVE internationally acclaimed comedienne and bestselling author of The English American, Alison Larkin tells stories about her adoption by British parents, her reunion with her American birth mother, the often hilarious impact of that scenario on her life, England, parenting her all-American teenagers, nature, nurture and how to brew a decent cup of tea. With her intelligent humor and immense appeal, Alison’s performances have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations.
Media buzz generated for Alison Larkin events include the two-page feature in The Washington Post around the fundraising performance she gave at the Roundhouse Theatre to raise money for the Barker Foundation, the performance that put the Adoption Institute on the back page of Variety Magazine. Alison has been reviewed in The London Times and interviewed on NPR with Alan Chartock.
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Born in Washington DC, adopted by British parents and raised in England and Africa, Alison graduated from London University and The Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, after which she became a playwright and classical actress on the British stage. At the age of 28, she found her birth mother, who was living in Bald Mountain, Tennessee. The experience turned her into a stand-up comic and became the basis for her best-selling novel, The English American.
She was soon headlining at the Comic Strip in New York and the Comedy Store in LA, while maintaining her theatrical career. She appeared Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company and on Broadway in Stanley with the Royal National Theatre. She also spent three years under studio development contract to star in a sitcom based on her story with ABC, CBS and Jim Henson Productions.
A hit on both sides of the Atlantic, Larkin’s talks and performances have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations. From conferences for major organizations to seminars and national television shows, people who listen to Alison Larkin come away inspired, empowered and entertained.
Larkin is also an acclaimed audiobook narrator and producer. She has narrated over 200 audiobooks, many of them New York Times bestsellers including, The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, and the audio edition of The English American. Larkin has received the Audiofile Earphones award for several audiobook recordings.
Alison lives in western Massachusetts with her two, very American, teenagers.
“Alison Larkin offers hugely entertaining reflections on how we become the kind of people we think we are . . . nature versus nature, the eternal search for roots and the ups and downs of the great Anglo American love affair —marvelously light-footed — a lesson in the human condition.”
—Clive Davies, The Times, London
What they’re saying:
Alison Larkin is a powerful superstar of a performer who consistently packs out my theatre! A fresh, entertaining voice with a joyous energy that uplifts the spirit.
—Eric Hafen, Artistic Director, Bickford Theatre
Engaging . . . deliciously comic.
—Bruce Dessau, The Evening Standard
Hysterically funny, new, bi-hemispheric comedienne.
—Clive Pearse, NBC TV
Hilarious . . . moving.
—Susan Flockhart, The Sunday Herald
There’s wit to spare in her assessment of both cultures.
—George Manet, Union Jack