About Dannii Cohen (Divine Varod)

My name is Dannii Cohen, I am a stand-up comedian (drag name Divine Varod) and comedy writer turned author, psychologist, professional counsellor, life coach and self-help expert. I am specialized in child and young adult counselling, LGBTQ+ issues, anxiety, empowerment, and bullying.
I am also an agony aunt, columnist and RuPaul’s Drag Race reviewer for the GayUK.

I don’t think many people can say that they started their career because of a comedy show, but I can. It was being a fan of the shows Red Dwarf and Brittas Empire that sparked my interest in psychology: understanding someone’s mind and psyche. The usage of actual psychological research is very cleverly weaved into the storylines of both shows to explain the characters and their behaviour. TV shows so very well researched, written and performed are hard to come by these days.

The other reason for my interest in psychology is simple: I have a desire for helping, giving advise and sensing what someone needs I also love finding solutions for peoples problems. My love for helping others stems from going through many a horror in my own life over the years. These experiences help me to sense other peoples pain.

With Paul Jackson

With Paul Jackson

I have been a comedy writer for most of my life. I started in the late ’90’s, also working as a stand-up and was in touch with Paul Jackson back then about a comedy series I’d written set in a drag club which would star Rik Mayall. Due to some bad things happening: Rik’s horrible accident followed by setbacks in my own life it sadly went no-where.

After that I created various stand-up comedy shows that revolved around asexuality and making people aware of what it is in a funny way. I also begun work as a psychologist and self improvement columnist.

At the moment I am a columnist for several online publications, as well as a children’s book author and a fan fic author. I am also writing a book on asexuality.

My heart is still with the comedy I loved in the ’90’s so yes I am running a fangroup for Rik Mayall while I also created a site and several social media pages to celebrate the actor and comedian Chris Barrie called “Chris Barrie Fans”. I am the host of Red Dwarf News and next year I’ll be releasing a book on Red Dwarf psychology.

My motto: If you reach out to people through the written word, I might just reach a certain person that needs to hear the words I have written. If I can give hope to someone, then that is all that matters.

Dannii Cohen

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