When a fan moaned about having to travel to Hounslow to see Shappi Khorsandi, the comedian's response on Twitter was brilliant.

She stood up for the much-maligned borough, telling the follower "don't knock Hounslow" and imploring her to support the "wonderful theatre" at which she is due to perform.

For good measure, she pointed out that the triple Grammy Award-nominated Paper Planes singer M.I.A. hails from the borough, adding "can't get much cooler".

However, it seems she may have been too quick to stand up for Hounslow.

The fan responded to clarify that she hadn't meant to impugn the borough's reputation and was merely grumbling about the distance she would have to travel from Brighton to make the gig.

Shappi Khorsandi is due to perform Oh My Country! at Hounslow Arts Centre, upstairs at the Treaty Centre, in Hounslow High Street, on November 19.

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The show is described as a "love letter" to her adopted homeland Britain, where she has lived for 40 years after leaving Iran as a child.

"Please don't come if you're a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome)," the show's blurb humorously advises.

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Ms Khorsandi, who grew up in Ealing, is not your average comic. As well as having appeared on TV panel shows like QI and Have I Got News For You, she recently penned her debut novel and became the new president of the British Humanist Association.

She is not the only reason to visit Hounslow Arts Centre, which was previously known as the Paul Robeson Theatre.

Other upcoming shows at the venue include The Boy With Tape on His Face, and You've Got a Friend: The Music of James Taylor and Carole King.

Tickets to Oh My Country! are available from the Hounslow Arts Centre website or via the box office on 020 3743 2329.

More reasons Hounslow is 'cool' - musically, at least

In case you were wondering, M.I.A. isn't the only famous musician with Hounslow roots.

Former Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who lived in Feltham; Phil Collins, who was brought up in Hounslow; and Elvis Costello attended school in the borough.

They are just some of the big names who have contributed to Hounslow's rich musical heritage, though whether Ms Khorsandi considers any as cool as M.I.A. is another matter.