Award-winning comedian and TV Exec Gina Yashere will be sharing her life story so far in Cack-Handed, her upcoming memoir to be published in the UK on 8 July.

Cack-Handed
Gina Yashere
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Cack-Handed: A Memoir chronicles Gina Yashere’s story of how she grew up as a child of Nigerian immigrants in working class London, running from skinheads, and her overprotective mum.

Incredibly, Gina holds the title of being the first female engineer with the UK branch of Otis, the largest lift company in the world, where she went through a baptism of fire from her racist and sexist co-workers. Not believing her life was difficult enough, she later left engineering to follow her ambition of becoming a stand-up comic.

“The definition of Cack-handed is left-handed, which I am, and also awkward and clumsy, which I am. It also represents the unconventional track my life and career has taken.”

The right career move it turns out as Gina went on to become the first and only British comic to perform on Def Comedy Jam. She has performed on The Tonight Show, has been featured as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, has three comedy specials currently streaming on Netflix, and is an executive producer, writer, and series regular on the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, which she co-created with Chuck Lorre.

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Cack-Handed: A Memoir cover
Credit: HarperCollins

Expect to read more about all of this and more in her memoir. Touching upon issues of social class, racism and sexuality, Cack-Handed is a collection of eccentric and uproarious stories that reveals how Gina’s unconventional upbringing became the foundation of her successful career as an international comic.

Speaking about her book, Gina Yashere said: “The definition of Cack-handed is left-handed, which I am, and also awkward and clumsy, which I am. It also represents the unconventional track my life and career has taken. This is a book about trying, whether you succeed or not. About wanting something and going for it, despite how ridiculous, impossible and stupid it sounds to other people. I’m excited to take you guys on this journey through my crazy life.”


 Cack-Handed: A Memoir will be published by HarperCollins and distributed in the UK on 8 July 2021.

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