Who Is Shirley Gnome?

"She’s dark, sexy, over-the-top and she’ll sing songs that will make sailors blush: meet cabaret comedian extraordinaire Shirley Gnome. How can one woman be so honestly obscene and so entertaining?" -Sunday Mail, Australia

From the west coast of Canada comes this multi-award winning cabaret musician, whose all-original, uncensored music about human nature is hilarious, honest, subversive, smart, empowering, taboo and not for the faint of heart. Her cleverly carnal lyrics go down smooth with her inappropriately gorgeous vocals, and her charm will disarm you through even the most provocative topics. Her outlandish cover songs transform top 40 hits into dark social satire.

After a surprise win of Patrick Maliha’s The People’s Champ of Comedy in 2012, Gnome began working her charms in comedy clubs, music venues, and burlesque festivals across Canada. Gnome’s underground cult status got an international upgrade when she hit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013, receiving rave reviews. She continued this success by touring internationally, wowing audiences and critics alike with sell out shows across Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. She closed out the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s all-woman showcase UpFront last year. 

In 2017 her party anthem The Glitter Song went viral, stacking up over half a million views. She signed with 604 Records the same year, and her 4th album Taking It Up The Notch debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts in Canada when it debuted. She has released four full-length albums since her debut in 2009, which you can hear frequently on SiriusXM stations all over North America. You may have also heard her on Dan Savage's chart topping podcast The Savage Lovecast.

Awards and Accolades:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION - Toronto Fringe Festival 2017 - Now Toronto Magazine
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE - Toronto Fringe Festival 2017 - Now Toronto Magazine
WINNER - Funniest Show - London Fringe Festival 2016 (Sell Out Show)
WINNER - Patrons’ Pick - Orlando Fringe Festival 2016 (Sell Out Show)
Two-Time Best Comedy Nominee 2016 - Fringe World Festival (Perth, Australia)
SHORTLISTED - Best Cabaret 2017 - Fringe World Festival (Perth, Australia) (Sell Out Show)
WINNER - The Naked Award - Orlando Fringe Festival 2017 (Sell Out Show)
WINNER - Funniest Show - Frigid New York Theatre Festival 2015
Canadian Comedy Award Nominee - Best Variety Act 2014-15, 2017, 2018
Canadian Comedy Award Nominee - Best Comedy Album 2017
WINNER - Patrick Maliha's The People Champ of Comedy Competition 2012 

Selected Press

“... singing her way with her gorgeous voice and big blue eyes into everyone’s hearts” - Montreal Rampage

“a joyful rebellion against rigid femininity, constrictive sexuality and what it means to be a “lady.”” - She Does The City, Toronto

“hilarious… Gnome is a disarmingly likeable performer” -Chortle (UK)

“magnificent” -Dan Savage (US)

"simply brilliant... equipped with the voice of a goddess."  -Three Weeks, Edinburgh

“… one of the best musical comedians I’ve seen.’” - The Australia Times (Melbourne)

“with, well-crafted and honed to a comedic point. -GlamAdelaide

"Side-splittingly hilarious and a late-night slice of fun... delights the dirty minded" - The Advertiser, Adelaide

"Clever, honest and downright mischievous" -The Clothesline, Adelaide

"The Queen troubadour of intelligent black-comic sex balladry” -The Edmonton Sun (Canada)

"a profound sense of hilarity… a standing ovation was just not enough." -Onstage Ottawa

"Gnome is frank, completely uninhibited, and a smart comedian." -CBC (Canada)

"a warm, chatty manner and razor-sharp wit" -Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe

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