Bethany Black

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Bethany Black
Bethany Black (born 1978) is a stand up comedian from Chorley, Lancashire.[1] She is known for performing black comedy, dealing with controversial subjects.[2][3] She adheres to a vegan diet.[4]


Black had a troubled childhood, suffering from depression. She attended Manchester Metropolitan University, where she got a degree in film, television and cultural studies.[5] Black had a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide on several occasions.[4] Once she tried to hang herself, but the ceiling gave way. On another occasion she attempted to gas herself in a car, but the car ran out of petrol.[6] She then came out to her family twice: first as a trans woman, and then as a lesbian. Assigned male gender at birth, Black eventually underwent sex reassignment surgery and discusses her transition in her stand-up act.[2][3]

She was ranked number 95 in the Pink List 2011. The citation said:

"Often billed as "Britain's only Goth, lesbian, transsexual stand-up comedian", the award-winning Bethany Black herself resists anyone's attempt to pigeonhole her. She began in stand-up in 2004 and her career took off when she opened Manchester's Pride festival in 2005."[7]


Based on a Wikipedia article.

  1. Bruce Dossau "And then She was a He" British Comedy Awards 2008 72–73, 6 December 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 Allan Radcliffe "Glasgow Comedy Festival - Lesbian comedians" The List 28 February 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 Warren Pegg "Bethany Black, Komedia, Brighton, June 27" The Argus |date=25 June 2008
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Bethany Black: Life as a transsexual comedian", Guardian News and Media Limited, 28 July 2010, archived from on 2010-11-22
  5. Bethany Black, "Ho Ho Bloody Ho: Bethany Black on the nightmare of Christmas gigs" 5 January 2010
  6.{ Bethany Black "Bethany Black: Life as a transsexual comedian" The Guardian date=28 July 2010