After trying one of those "proper jobs" (in advertising) for almost a decade, I decided that it would be far more stable and lucrative to become a comedian and actor. So I started doing stand up in 2008, gigging around the UK and writing shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then, I've been one half of double act Leads & Stern and acted in plays and short films.
As well as performing and writing comedy, I've been teaching new comics at Soho Theatre since 2012. I like to create a safe and supportive space for people to learn how to write and perform stand up, develop their stage persona and find out about how to progress in the comedy industry. Here's what past participants think.
Teaching has led me to work with some brilliant emerging acts, such as Jack Rooke ('Good Grief') and Bimini Bon-Boulash.('RuPaul's Drag Race UK').
Each term I teach at Soho Theatre, I learn more and more about the art of stand up, through the participants I work with. I have developed my teaching style and courses over the years and started Above Your Nerve, to continue nurturing emerging artists. The company is dedicated to finding and promoting new voices from underrepresented groups, so that the comedy industry becomes more reflective of the communities and world we live in.
Or things people have written about things I've written (and how I've said them)
“Calm, collected and funny…”
“Think Morecambe and Wise meets Smack the Pony…”
“Gemma Leader is impressive. Her material is good, as is her timing . . . she’s in panel show territory…”
Molly (She/They) is a multi-award winning theatre-maker, writer, cabaret artist and goth based in London. Known for their dark, theatrical performances Morossa's work often fuses storytelling, contemporary cabaret and performance art to explore subversive queer narratives. Their alter ego - drag king Moloko Jones - can regularly be found skulking around the East End, and has recently written and starred in the upcoming short film Kingdom, produced by Feathers of Daedelus Circus.
Morossa is Head of Cabaret at Shotgun Carousel, and has performed and curated cabaret all over the country including Glastonbury Festival, Royal Academy, Tate Modern, The Vaults, Latitude Festival and Courtauld Gallery to name a few.
They were crowned Miss Ghostwood in the Miss Twin Peaks Pageant 2018, and regularly perform with the dark, Lynchian cabaret show The Double R Club.
They taught the Cabaret & Drag classes at Soho Theatre for a number of years, with Celine Lowenthal (of PECS Drag King Collective) and Leah Kirby (aka Cyro).
Morossa is one of the creative producers on Third Mind Production & Guerilla Zoo’s theatrical event The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball. They wrote, produced and performed 2 solo shows, Carnival of Crows (Winner Best Actress Award - Dark Chat 2012) and Greywing House (Winner Vault Festival Spirit Award 2017).