Alexis Strum is a comedy writer/performer, Twitch streamer, podcaster and former popstar from London who has been entertaining live audiences for over 20 years.
Alexis has also variously been a sort of spy, a songwriter, a nearly supermodel, a precocious child, a moody teen, a single mum on benefits and much much more… plus she bakes ridiculously good (fattening) brownies and is suffering from the worst lockdown haircut evah!
Alexis’s Twitch channel has only been around since July 2020 but is already attracting a huge buzz, namely for her show, ‘The HR Department’ which has been featured in Chortle, Comedy Network Live and The British Comedy Guide and which features Alexis as Head of a fictitious HR department, trying to find a new job for her celebrity guests. The idea for the show came from a sketch she wrote for Jason Manford.
Alexis also conceived the idea to create the world’s first Twitch Panto which is now in development and will feature some of Twitch’s most popular comedic talent and will raise vital funds for the NSPCC.
Whilst in lockdown, she currently hosts and produces, ‘The Funny Women Survival Guide‘ podcast in partnership with www.funnywomen.com which has been featured in The Guardian, Chortle and The Evening Standard with guests as diverse as Jason Manford, Pamela Adlon, Celia Imrie, Sajeela Kershi, Rachel Creeger, Shazia Mirza and Kerry Godliman. Do get in touch if you would like Alexis to produce/edit your podcast! She is adept at using most audio editing software.
Writing: stage, screen, blog & songs
As a writer Alexis has been commissioned to write comedy pilots for Fresh One and Shed Productions, as well as online sketches for Hat Trick. She wrote and produced the short film, ‘Shoes’ co-starring Steve Furst which made official selection for multiple international film festivals including LSFF and Portobello and writes and films her own sketches, some of which have been featured on The Huffington Post, The British Comedy Guide and been shortlisted for a Funny Women Award. Her sketch, ‘Facebook Parents’ about pesky oversharing parents has had over 100k views.
In addition, Alexis is an emerging playwright and her works include ‘Volcano’ at Theatre Royal Stratford East (mentored by Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE and John Gordon of Team Angelica), ‘Always The Bride’ at Wimbledon Studio Theatre (‘Funny and well observed’, Wimbledon Guardian), and ‘Before And After’ at The Arcola. She was also long-listed for the ‘Old Vic 12’.
Other creative endeavours include writing an article on single parenting during the pandemic for Metro, producing a documentary on mental health for Guardian Film/The Observer and Alexis also blogs on parenting issues for Raising Films, Selfish Mother and single parent charity, Gingerbread.
Before becoming a screenwriter and playwright, Alexis enjoyed notable success as a songwriter, writing pop hits for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Rachel Stevens whilst signed to Universal records herself as an artist, as well as writing TV soundtracks for ‘The Inbetweeners’, ITV’s ‘Vital Signs’ and MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’.
‘The Time I Almost…‘, a comedy memoir, marks Alexis’s non-fiction prose debut and she is currently seeking a publisher.
Alexis is best known for her acting work and in 2018 she bagged the recurring role of ‘Sarah The Brass’ in BBC’s One’s ‘Wannabe‘, about a group of ‘MumPop’ singers, brought to you by the award-winning team behind ‘People Just Do Nothing’. It was a fantastic role for Alexis as a former popstar herself and the cast and crew were a hoot to work with. ‘Wannabe’ is co-written by Lily Brazier and Ben Murray.
BBC1’s ‘WANNABE’ PRESS SHOT
She has also recently appeared in the fab time-travelling comedy series, ‘Timewasters’ playing bolshy Vi. Alexis also appears as US businesswoman ‘Vicky’ in ‘Bad Mother’, Mumsnet’s first ever online comedy series, written by Susie Gilmour and directed by Matt Winn. It has already been featured in The Daily Mail and The Huffington Post and co-stars Kevin Bishop, Dolly Wells and Laura Patch.
Alexis’s other notable screen credits include: ‘Sick Note’ for Sky Atlantic, ‘Little Big Men’ for Channel 4, ‘Autopsy: The Last Days Of’ for ITV, pilots for BBC3 and Channel 4, online sketches for Hat Trick, several short films, a lead role in the world’s first iPhone drama, ‘Persona’ and leads in commercials for Domino’s, M&S, John Lewis, Mikado, Schweppes, The Fragrance Store and Niquitin. Stage credits include: ‘Before And After’ at The Arcola, ‘Over The Rainbow’ the musical national tour with Maureen Nolan, the lead in ‘Snow White’ at Dunstable Grove Theatre and a rather terrifying Lady Macbeth for British Touring Shakespeare.
Stand Up Comedy Competitions: Finalist in Colchester New Comedian Of The Year, Semi-Finalist in The Funny Women Stand-Up Awards, Semi-Finalist in Leicester Square New Comedian Of The Year and shortlisted for ‘So You Think You Are Funny’.
Prior to the pandemic, Alexis ran ‘The Time I Almost… LIVE’, featured in Time Out and hailed one of the ‘Best Comedy Nights in London’ by Design My Night. The live event was ‘part-confessional, part-storytelling and wholly entertaining‘ with special guests joining her onstage to tell their life’s ‘Sliding Doors’ moments and in September 2020 ran an online version to raise funds for Women’s Aid and three other UK domestic abuse charities.
Guests included Vicki Pepperdine, Tiff Stevenson, Shazia Mirza and mumblogger supreme, Sophie McCartney.
You can also book her as a public speaker on a broad range of topics:
- Blag Big: How To Blag Yourself A Record Deal!
- The Art Of Songwriting
- Multi-hyphenating Your Potential
- Perseverance and Perspective In Business- Be The Cockroach!
- Single Parenthood For Beginners
- Performance skills and confidence building
She is also often invited to lecture on perspective and perseverance in the Charity sector and on domestic abuse for a women’s charity.
Alexis used to be a recording artist signed to Sony, Warner UK and then Universal Records. She also had featured artist singles released with York, Lange and The Thrillseekers. She then went on to have success under the pseudonym ‘Bo Pepper’- her tracks made it onto Radio 1, Radio 2 and beyond. She now only sings in the shower. Or car.
For all live booking enquiries, contact: email@example.com
For all acting enquiries, please contact: Hatton McEwan Penford
For all literary enquiries, please contact Leah Middleton at Marjacq
For more information, visit Alexis’s website: www.alexisstrum.com