“The most endearing political activist I have ever met. She is almost certainly the most uninhibitedly entertaining proponent of female empowerment you will see” (Kate Copstick, The Scotsman)
Samantha is from the Black Country and best known for performing and campaigning topless (although her club set is fully clothed). As well as being an advocate of #FreeTheNipple and sex-positive feminism she cares deeply about mental health issues and campaigns against social cleansing. She’s a member of her local action group Walsall Against Cuts and was a member of Sweets Way Resists and the Occupy movement. Samantha has been performing stand-up comedy for three years previously working as a cheerleader, model and actress. Training at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Hollywood which counts Sienna Miller, Angelina Jolie and Scarlet Johansson among their alumni. This year she started her social enterprise ‘Love Muffin Productions’ with the help of the governments New Enterprise Allowance. As well as producing socially conscious work, the aim is to help people from underprivileged backgrounds reach their potential. As a blogger her work has been published on Chortle and Huffington Post.
2016 SEXTREMIST Edinburgh, Brighton, Camden and Leicester Festivals 2015 CONSUME SHIT & DIE Edinburgh Fringe
2016 MEN, SEX & FEMINISM (Host) iTunes
ACTING/ DANCE/ MODELING
Various TV & live performances with Pineapple Cheerleaders. Acting credits in TV, Film, Theatre, Commercials and Corporate. Featured in national papers and magazines as a model. (FULL LIST AVAILABLE ON SPOTLIGHT)
TELEVISION & RADIO
Channel 5’s How To Have Sex After Marriage, BBC’s Fake Britain, ITV’s Daybreak, BBC’s Inside the Body Beautiful, BBC WM, Noise Radio, Switch Radio, Juice FM, Kerrang Radio, Absolute Radio, Choice FM, Fresh Air Radio.
The Telegraph’s Best Jokes of Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Actress in ‘Short Trousers’ winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Colorado Film Festival. Made countless national and international headlines with her #FreeTheNipple rallies. Included in Huffington Post’s ‘Ten Must See Edinburgh Fringe Shows 2016' Winner of ‘I am a Woman’ in Spike’s Defining the Norm Awards. Finalist in CAN Comedy’s New Act of the Year 2014.
PRESS “The content is captivating enough that within minutes you’ve forgotten she’s naked. Pressdee’s performance goes from bold and raunchy to philosophical and vulnerable, in a truly unique show that will keep you guessing all the way through.” (Huffington Post: 10 must see shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2016)
“Hits a rich vein of dark humour, nicely crafted jokes with sharp timing.” (The Times)
“Enjoyable comedy show against shaming women's bodies and sexuality” (Arts Awards Voice)
“A compelling performer with a funny, well written set.” (One4Review)
“The USP of Samantha Pressdee isn’t that she tells jokes with her top off; that she’s some envelope-ripping, boundary breaking Sextremist. Actually, it’s that, regardless of the the bare flesh, she’s an “endearing” stage presence, happy to share her realisation that she can make and live by her own rules rather than anyone else’s.” (Broadway Baby)