Lou Sanders was revealed as the eighth contestant who will star in 2024’s Dancing On Ice.
The comedian was unveiled during an appearance on Nihal Arthanayake’s show on BBC Radio Five Live in October 2023.
Around that time she also hit headlines for her contribution to the discussion around Russell Brand, who had become the subject of a police investigation after allegations were published from five women, four anonymously, accusing him of rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse. Brand denied the allegations.
Lou has admitted that she is ‘nervous’ about taking part in the ITV show – read more about her career and what she has said below.
Lou Sanders was the eighth contestant for 2024’s Dancing On Ice to be confirmed
The comedian (seen in 2019) won the Comedians’ Choice Award for Best Show at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Who is Lou Sanders?
Lou Sanders is known in the comedy circuit for her stand-up work as well as her writing and TV appearances.
The comedian’s exact age is unknown. She has had the 1985 birthdate previously on Wikipedia taken down because it was wrong, but she is believed to have been born around that time.
Her book – What’s That Lady Doing? – tells of how she was treated as a child, describing being insulted and lied about as a child by her late stepfather with limited support from either of her biological parents.
She left her family home in Broadstairs, Kent, aged 15 after having started drinking two years earlier.
Her comedy breakthrough did not come quickly, but her unique background gave rise to it.
After occasional TV appearances in the few years beforehand, her show Shame Pig jointly won the Comedians’ Choice Award for Best Show at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The show recounted some of her ‘shameful’ drunken encounters, having written it in the preceding year following her decision to go sober.
Lou is perhaps best-known for her work on comedy television shows such as Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
In 2019, she won the eighth series of Taskmaster – then on Dave, now continuing on Channel 4 – returned to come joint-third in the second Champion Of Champions edition in 2022.
The comedy star is also an accomplished writer and actress, as well as the host of her Cuddle Club podcast.
Lou performed in Aisling Bea’s sitcom This Way Up and Karl Pilkington’s Sick of It, while she is credited as a writer for a number of 8 Out Of 10 Cats episodes.
Lou is perhaps best-known for her work on comedy television shows such as Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
What did she say about Russell Brand?
Lou deleted her X, formerly known as Twitter, account in 2023 in the aftermath of serious allegations against Russell Brand being made public ‘because there were so many people supporting him’.
Remaining tight-lipped about any possible first-hand experiences, she told The Guardian: ‘It blows my mind that people still don’t want to believe women.’
Her memoir describes the widespread environment of abuse in her industry, and claims to have been told about people’s experiences with Brand in the past.
At a stand-up show in spring 2023, before the allegations emerged, Lou said she ‘basically outed Russell Brand but in an amusing way’, and added that ‘everyone knows’ about his behaviour in the industry.
What has Lou Sanders said about going on Dancing On Ice?
On BBC Radio Five Live when she was unveiled as a Dancing On Ice 2024 contestant, she revealed it was her ‘dream thing to do’ because ‘I like physical adventure’.
Lou added: ‘I’m nervous about cracking my head open, or just bashing the old head. I can’t afford to lose any more brain cells.
‘I’m also worried about my partner picking me up, he’s going to have to be very strong and very brave.’
She won the eighth series of Taskmaster in 2019 – pictured on the show with Iain Stirling (left) and Joe Thomas (centre)