After writing a detailed memoir of her battle with depression, Susan Calman is on a mission to find the positives in life. Can she single-handedly bring back kindness?
Comedian and broadcaster Susan Calman danced her way across our screens and into our hearts for 10 weeks on Strictly Come Dancing 2017, but how did this ability to find joy change her life?
Susan Calman's enthusiasm at being on Strictly Come Dancing was an inspiration to all of us. Cheer Up Love, Susan's first book, had a clear aim: to help people understand depression. Sunnyside Up has a similarly clear path: to persuade people to be kinder to each other and spread more joy.
These are extremely difficult and confusing times - people are cross and shouty. It's exhausting! But more than anything, people like Susan, people who don't hate other people, are apologising for the way that they think. Susan wants to make sure that they don't. That it's ok to love people, that kindness is something wonderful and brilliant and to bring on the joy.
So the mission is simple. To get the nation to join her in not being negative. To bring back joy, kindness and community, to find joy in the little things in life and defeat the hate and fear.
Susan is a one-woman army of hope and joy, and she's ready to lead the nation in a different direction.
Glasgow-born comic Calman is a dead-cert-one-to-watch; she's got an infectious bubbly manner but a caustic edge toom and both can yield comedy gold - Guardian
Feisty Scot Calman is one of the best female comics to ever come out of the land of bagpipes and haggis. She'll make you chuckle your pants off - Time Out
Calman fizzed manic energy, alternating between confessional tales and playing with facts she teased out of the audience - Edinburgh Evening News
Heartbreaking and heart-warming: unmissable - Metro
Susan Calman never fails to make me hoot with laughter
Born in Glasgow, Susan Calman escaped corporate law to become a Stand Up Comedian. She's a regular on radio and television panel shows like QI, The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and has presented quiz shows The Boss, Armchair Detectives and Top Class. She recently appeared on Strictly Come Dancing where she made it all the way to Week Ten. Even more excitingly she won the Glitterball on the Strictly Live tour. An advocate for LGBTQ and mental health issues, she lives with her wife and cats in Glasgow.