Born of a Franco-Ivorian father and an Ivorian mother, Shirley Souagnon was born in Clichy, France. She wrote her first sketch in 2006, played her first one-woman-show, Sketch Up in 2008, was spotted the following year in several festivals and TV shows (Pliés en 4, Paris fait sa Comédie, Youhumour), and won two prizes within the next two years (La Route du Rire in 2009, and Young Talent Award in the “Humor” charts in 2010).
In 2010, she played Franck Dubosc’s first parts at the Olympia, appeared in the Marrakech du Rire on channel M6, and joined the Jamel Comedy Club. She participated to several international festivals (Juste pour Rire in Montreal in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the Grand Rire de Québec in 2014) and played a part in various TV shows (in the three first seasons of On n’demande qu’à en rire on France 2 and in Engrenages, season 5 on Canal+) the following years.
Her second show, Free! The One Woman Funky Show, featuring the Krooks, was produced and 2014 and played at La Cigale in 2015. On June 4, 2016, she presents the Afropunk festival with the humorist, her friend, Fary. Since June 2016, she has been developing comedy workshops on Reunion Island where she discovered a multitude of comedians, eager to learn, infusing a school project. In July 2016, she participated in the Just For Laughs Festival of Montreal with the team of BREF: Kyan Khojandi, Yacine Belhousse, Navo, Bérengère Krief. She will be touring in Montreal this summer at a Gala for the ZooFest, once again with Kyan Khojandi.
She currently plays her third show, entitled Monsieur Shirley, at La Nouvelle Seine in Paris, every Friday and Saturday until December 2018. She also just self-produced her first documentary, The French Stand Up, released on Youtube on January 28, where she filmed behind the scenes of the French stand-up world with her Iphone.