Nina Gilligan



Nina Gilligan is an award winning writer/comedienne; equally at home on the club or arts festival circuit with material dealing with contemporary issues, including mental health; but with a loveable persona hiding behind an acerbic wit.

She was North West Comedian of the Year Winner 2022 and Leicester Mercury Comedy Award Winner 2021. 

Nina Gilligan is sometimes outrageous, always hilarious with a charming, loveable persona which belies an acerbic wit. 

She is opening and closing gigs up and down the UK including emceeing. Nina has supported Jason Manford, Clinton Baptiste and Rachel Forman amongst others.

Her work includes sell-out shows ‘Late Developer’ at Leicester Comedy Festival and at Just The Tonic at The Edinburgh Fringe.

“A bolshier Mrs Merton she’s not one to suffer fools lightly so watch out for a razor-sharp wit used at will.” The Skinny

“A hidden gem of the Circuit” Kiri Pritchard McLean

“Brilliant, an outstanding comic” Toby Foster (Phoenix Nights)

“Jonny Vegas meets Joan Rivers” Smug Roberts

“Naturally Funny” John Thomson (Cold Feet)

“Gilligan’s venturing through the world of adoption, trying to reunite with her biological family and discovering her own identity are all truly breath-taking.”

The Student 5 Stars

I STRONGLY suggest you join Nina Gilligan as she takes you through the story of her turbulent childhood, and revel in her brutal honesty and charming sass. Regardless of what age group you belong to Nina Gilligan’s Broad shoulders has something to offer everyone. With her relevance and broad range of topics, Nina transcends any perceived age barrier effortlessly. 



BBC Three Sketch with Brennan Reece ‘The Office Christmas Party’


Other work includes:Rescued written and performed for Greater Manchester Fringe Festival nominated Best New Play and Best Newcomer

It is evident from the off that Rescued was produced by someone skilled in writing punchy one-liners for themselves. But beneath the shimmery surface of wit lie some very valid observations of and frustrations with the mental health system. Performing Alice with attitude and depth, Nina depicts very real anxieties and everyday communication issues with a gloriously dark humour.




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