Arielle Souma, a Brixton resident for 19 years, is a finalist in the Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of 2016 competition. She beat more than 160 new London acts during the past year to make the final.
A performer since April 2014 and a ticket office clerk by day, Arielle says her act is “punchy, blunt, accessible, empowering and with attitude”.
“I always loved performing although I didn’t have much opportunity to do it in my youngest years,” she says. “When I changed job and my boy became more independent, I had so much time in my hands that I realised it was my time to do what I want and not just be a mum and a provider.
“My best friend pushed me to do stand up and advised me to try a course and see if I like it. I loved it! I write and direct myself – great freedom.”