Karen Morden. Copyright: Laura BC

Karen Morden is a comedy writer and performer, specialising in sketch and one-liners. Her work has been broadcast on Radio 4 Extra.

Year Production Role
2019 Newsjack - Series 21
  1. E2 - Episode Two
2019 Time Travel Wank Squad Executive Producer
2018 Baby Henry Mum
2018 Drinks on the Terrace Jane
Karen Moon
Home town
Great Yarmouth
Resident of

Karen Morden is a core writer-performer for the sketch comedy podcast Release the Clowns and has written for BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack.

Since 2014 she's been a member of Monkey Wedding, a sketch group who have put on live shows at four Camden Fringe festivals. One of their filmed sketches, Baby Henry, was long-listed in a Comedy Crowd Chorts! competition.

Karen co-wrote the play MUM! with Ginny Evans-Pollard for Camden Fringe 2017. She trained in improv with the Free Association, performing in student shows and The Ladies of FA County. She learned clowning with London Clown School and Nola Rae.

After a long time living in London, Karen returned to her home town of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in 2020. Living with a chronic illness, she's particularly interested in how laughter can improve health. She recently became a certified 'happiness trainer' and is currently exploring ways to bring together comedy, creativity and wellbeing.

Comedy is a lifelong passion for Karen. Before she took the plunge into creating comedy she completed a PhD thesis at the University of Sussex centred on Vivian Stanshall of the Bonzo Dog Band, and wrote about comedy for the Idler and Kettering magazines.

She is an experienced copywriter, editor and content designer working in arts and heritage, and contributed to the '1001...Before You Die' book series. As a visual artist she has exhibited work at a number of venues including the Bart Wells Institute and the National Gallery. She also enjoys quizzing, being by the beach and spending time with her two cats.

BCG Pro Talent Awards 2023
Writing (Winner)
BCG Pro Talent Awards 2020
Writing (Nominee)
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