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Gina Obedapo Yashere was born 6 April 1974 and is an English comedienne of Nigerian descent.
Yashere was born in Bethnal Green, London, England. Before becoming a comedienne she worked as a Elevator maintenance engineer. Her mother is an immigrant from Nigeria.
Yashere was a finalist in the prestigious Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition in 1996. She continues to actively perform live stand-up comedy to the present, appearing on such shows as Mock the Week. She has released two live stand-up DVDs: one in 2006, and one in 2008.
She has appeared in many television programmes. She is probably best known for appearing in the comedy series The Lenny Henry show, where she played Tanya and Mrs. Omokorede, the pushy Mum as well as voicing Keisha on Bromwell High.
In 2005, she appeared in the reality television series, Comic Relief does Fame Academy, in aid of Comic Relief, and she co-hosted the 2006 & 2007 MOBO Awards alongside Akon & Coolio. She has also made numerous appearances on Mock the Week, and also appears on the CBBC show Gina's Laughing Gear.
In 2007, she tried out for Last Comic Standing during the Sydney, Australia auditions and qualified for the semi-finals and was then chosen as one of the ten finalists to compete in the final rounds. On August 1, 2007, she was eliminated in the first elimination round along with Dante.
In 2008, she was the first-ever British person to be on Def Comedy Jam.
On September 3 of 2009, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien as a stand up comedienne.