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Kathy Maniura

Kathy Maniura is an award-winning character comedian, actor and writer.

She is a regular on the London comedy circuit, known for using friendly absurdity to send-up the oddities of people, animals and things.
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Kathy is a regular on the London comedy circuit, known for using friendly absurdity to send-up the oddities of people, animals and things. In 2021 Kathy debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe with Objectified, an absurd character comedy show where she brought to life a variety of objects including a paper straw, a wine bottle and an electric scooter. The show was shortlisted for the ISH Newcomer Award, was called ‘charming’ by The Guardian and ‘An equisitely realised, understated delight’ by the Scotsman. She will continue to tour the show in 2024.

Many of Kathy's character skits on Instagram and Tiktok (@kathykathymm) have over 10k views, including Tracey Emin's Flatmate, Londoner in the Countryside and Urban Cycling Man. She was shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Awards 2023, is the Sketch Off Winner 2020, and So You Think You're Funny? Finalist 2021. She also performs as drag king London Cycling Man and was a finalist in Europe’s biggest drag king competition Man Up in 2023.

She also writies and performs as one half of character comedy duo Horseplay with Derek Mitchell. The duo were highly commended for the South of the River & SISTER Screenshot award for TV writing in 2020 and host the regular character comedy night The Horsies.

‘Incredibly fast wit and laid-back charm'
'standout performer... enigmatic'
The Scotsman


Directed by Ivy Callaway2017

Theatre and Live Performance

Edinburgh Fringe Festival2023
(Writer/Lead Performer)
Horseplay Production2019 — 2022
It All Goes Back to the Mushroom
Sylvia Hathaway
Leaky Roof2018
Witch Hunt
(Writer/Lead Performer)
Horseplay Productions2017 — 2019
The Oxford Revue & Friends
(Writer/Lead Performer)
Sexy in the Middle
(Writer/Lead Performer)
Horseplay Productions2016
Mathilda Liar

Short Film

The State of It
Directed by Jen Ives 2023
The Old Man and the Radio
Peppercorn Productions2021
Kotei Productions2016


BBC New Comedian of the Year
ISH Newcomer Award
Brighton Fringe Lamb Queer Comedy Award
Runner Up
Man Up! Drag King Competition
So You Think You're Funny
Sketch Off 2020
Funny Women Awards 'The One to Watch' 2020


PBJ acts take over the Latitude Festival Comedy Arena

17th April 2023

Latitude Festival 2023 will see many PBJ acts performing at the Comedy Arena

Podcast Guest Appearances

Monocle on Culture
Give up the day job? For many budding creative types, being tethered to a day job is a sign of not having “made it” in your chosen discipline. But what if the relationship between artists and their day jobs is more complicated than that? On today’s show we explore this dynamic by heading to an unusual exhibition in Texas on the topic and hearing from an array of artists discussing the jobs that they’ve held – or continue to hold – alongside their practice.
Queers Gone By
Episode 52: Shrek (With Kathy Maniura) Its finally time. We're welcoming special guest, award-winning comedian Kathy Maniura, and she's picked Kate's ultimate. We're sorry. But hey now, you're an All Star.
Feeling Seen With Kathy Maniura In each episode of this podcast, international comedian, scientist and blurb writer Mariana Feijó talks with guests about what bravery means to them and special moments in which they have been brave. Guests will chat about those moments when they have been brave, or even just gone slightly out of their comfort zone, while discussing what does it even mean to be brave!