FROM Russia with love, comes the hilarious Olga Koch.

The comedian, who made waves with her side-splitting show at her Oxfordshire Mind Comedy Gala debut at the Oxford Playhouse last year, returns for a show at the Jericho Tavern tonight.

Fresh from a sell-out run with extra dates added at the Edinburgh Fringe, her new show If/Then sees Olga hilariously telling a love story through the unorthodox medium of computer science.

In this feminist investigation into what happens when we can’t separate emotion and technology, Olga will teach us how to code, and explore what happens when our expectations for romance, happiness and Michael Bublé no longer compute.

Like pioneering computer scientists Grace Hopper and Dorothy Vaughan before her, Olga examines how being an exception might not be so exceptional after all.

Amidst a wave of acclaim and accolades, Olga was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe with her debut hour, FIGHT - a multimedia extravaganza that took her audience through the making of modern Russia.

The show went on to have a successful 2019 UK tour, after transferring to London’s Soho Theatre. It has since been commissioned and aired as a special for BBC Radio 4 and is being adapted as a sitcom for TV. Olga also appeared on the BBC’s New Year’s Comedy Show as well as Mock The Week.

If/Then is currently in development for TV adaptation and Olga will be supporting Ellie Taylor, Suzi Ruffell and Stewart Francis on tour later this year.

She said of her Oxford date: “The best part of gigging in Oxford are the amazing audiences.

“They are kind, yet challenging – and also extremely sexy.”

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And she made public her love of the city’s G&D ice cream shops, adding: “The second best part of coming to the city is shoving three scoops of G&Ds into your mouth regardless of weather conditions.”

And if you are wondering how to pronounce her name – it’s Koch... to rhyme with ‘top notch!’

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