Black British Lives Matter with Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder


Black British Comedians Matter With Dane Baptiste and Gina Yashere

Season 1, Ep. 2

This is the podcast where we explore why and how Black British lives matter – What it means to be Black and British, our culture, our joy, and our pain.


This week we discuss why Black British comedians Matter with Dane Baptiste and Gina Yashere. Why we laugh, what we laugh at - and what it reveals about us as Black British people.


Gina Yashere exemplifies what many see as a Black British talent drain to the US. In 2008, she became the first Briton to perform on Def Comedy Jam and has gone on to star in her own comedy specials on Netflix and to create, produce and act in the hit sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, just confirmed for its 4th season on CBS.


Dane Baptiste made history in 2014 as the first Black British act to be nominated for a comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He regularly appears on TV and radio and his podcast Dane Baptiste Questions Everything, was nominated for best podcast at the National Comedy Awards in 2021.


Find out more about the hosts and guests:


Gina Yashere


Dane Baptiste


Marcus Ryder is on Twitter @marcusryder


Lenny Henry is also on Twitter @LennyHenry


Our book: Black British Lives Matter by Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder is published by Faber & Faber and is available to purchase here:


The new comedians recommended by Dane and Gina at the end of the episode:


Babatunde Aléshé

Axel Blake

Mr Cee

Munya Chawawa

Mo Gilligan

Darren Harriott

Eddie Kadi

Ola Labib

Thanyia Moore

Aurie Styla


Cover art by Faber

Music by The Lethargees

Podcast by Faber & Faber Ltd


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