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RAISING THE ROOF: CHARITY COMEDY NIGHT IN AID OF SINGLE HOMELESS PROJECT – POSTPONED
April 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us for an all-star comedy night in aid of tremendous charity Single Homelessness Project. Since they were founded over 40 years ago, this London-wide charity have worked to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. They do this by providing support and accommodation, promoting well-being, enhancing opportunity, and being a voice for change. From supporting people in crisis to helping people take the final steps towards independence and employment, they make a difference to 8,000 lives every year. And for this show they’ve got the assistance of these guys…
Sara Pascoe is one of the biggest starts in British stand-up right now. A regular on Live At The Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week among others, her calling card is her perfectly wrought mixture of a rigorously academic mind unafraid to cover any topic and a sense of humour that is childishly naive and razor sharp. A best-selling author thanks to her book ‘Animal’, Sara’s appeal is vastly wide-ranging and growing every day. If you want to have your mind expanded whilst laughing like a merry idiot, Sara is the comic for you.
“Always intelligent and occasionally exquisite.” The Independent
“Pascoe uses erudite references as just one strand of an offbeat worldview, offset by moments of gloriously deliberate dumbness and delivered with nothing less than full-megawatt charisma.” Guardian
“Defiantly idiosyncratic and highly accessible.” Evening Standard
Marcus Brigstocke’s talent was noted early on in his career in 1996 when he won the BBC New Comedian Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He is now regarded as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing stand up nationally to sell out audiences on tour.
BBC Radio 4 has become somewhat of a second home to Marcus with regular appearances on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, The Now Show and Just A Minute; he has written and recorded three series and four specials of his hit show Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off. Most recently, he co-starred alongside Kerry Godliman, in The Wilsons Save The World, which has been recommissioned for a second series.
Marcus is the master of satirical comedy and has proved to be blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics including; climate change, religious extremism, immigration, loans companies, the Special Relationship, compensation culture, women’s magazines, The EU and David Blaine, not to mention his own personal battle against his middle class roots.
“Charming, hilarious and utterly refreshing… don’t miss this incredible show.” The Sunday Mirror
“Sharpest one-liner merchant.” The Sunday Times
“Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it.” Daily Telegraph
Tom Allen is a comedian, writer and actor. He started as a stand up at the age of 22 and went on to win both So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards in the same year. Since then he has honed his unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling by performing to audiences all over the UK and around the world.
Over the past couple of years he has gone from much loved circuit headliner to completely adored household name, featuring on show like Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store Presents and the John Bishop Show as well as Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2.
As a teenager he was the youngest member of the Noel Coward Society.
He responds well to strong women and deadlines.
“Well-crafted saturday night light entertainment.” The List
“Gives the tradition of camp comedy a firmly 21st century twist.” Guardian
“One of the funniest acts on the circuit…he has continued to storm every gig he does.” GQ Magazine
Winners of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards and the Adelaide Fringe Festival “Best Comedy – Newcomer” award, Abandoman create musical songs and sketches at lightening speed based on audience interaction. Come to the show, drop your suggestions in the ring and watch as Abandoman make musical magic. No two shows will ever be the same.
The last four years have seen Abandoman tour with multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran, headline comedy stages at every major UK music festival (including Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival, Leeds & Reading), host London’s St Patrick’s Day event to over 15,000 revellers in Trafalgar Square, and be named out of over 2000 acts as the Sunday Times’ “Best Musical Act” of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.
Abandoman perform extensively in both the UK and abroad. They have sold out runs at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and this year will perform in Hong Kong, America, and numerous destinations in Europe. Their most recent show, “Hot Desk” sold out two years in a row to a capacity audience at one of the Edinburgh Festival’s largest venues, and has since toured all over the world.
“A freestyle talent that is unparalleled anywhere in the market. No two shows could ever be the same as they pick out audience members and freestyle about them, with comedic timing and witty rhyming that’s so impressive it could’ve been scripted.” Independent
“A proper party. Raucous, expansive and relentlessly hilarious.” The Times
“Clever, quick-witted and audacious”, “Broderick’s ear-to-mouth coordination is Olympic standard, sharp surefire laughs.” The Scotsman
Laura Lexx is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer and, more importantly one the most delightful acts around.
Since smashing the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 she has appeared on all sorts of shows such as Live At The Apollo, BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals and Roast Battle. She has also been a guest on BBC Radio 4”s Evil Genius with Russell Kane’s podcast as well as the RHLSTP with Richard Herring podcast and Sarah Millican’s Standard Issue podcast.
Following critically-acclaimed runs of her shows Trying and Knee Jerk, Laura won Best Performer in the Comedian’s Choice Awards at the 2018 and 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. She was also named in the Top 10 of Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe in 2018. Trying transferred to the Soho Theatre in London in 2019.
Laura won Best MC in the 2017 Comic’s Comic Awards and was nominated as Best Compere in the 2016, 2017 & 2018 Chortle Comedy Awards, so it’s unsurprising she has also provided tour support for enormous names like Jason Manford, Tim Vine and Russell Kane.
“A bouncy, bubbly stand-up star.” The Telegraph
“Real comedic steel.” Guardian
“One of the most delightful performers you’re ever likely to see.” GQ
“A joy… roars of laughter.” Independent
Bold, fresh and always bang on point, over the past couple of years Athena has grown into the comedian that her potential has always promised. She is a 2017 nominee for the 99 Club Female Comedians’ Bursary and has been invited to write for the News Quiz on BBC Radio 4. She has also appeared on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales and the BBC World Service, guested on BBC Five Live and performed at the Johannesburg international Comedy Festival.
“An intelligent set that managed to be both easily accessible and playful and still say something serious.” Beyond the Joke
“A smart, impassioned comedian…an informed social observer and invested cultural commentator.” The Scotsman
“Good material, sharp presentation…an important voice.” The Times
George Lewis is a comedian from Stockport who has appeared on the Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), hosted Top Gear Extra Gear (BBC 2, 3 & Worldwide) and was the winner of Celebrity Mastermind (Specialist subject: Oasis).
He has also written for 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You, Hypothetical (Dave), BBC Radio 4 and has a weekly football column in The Times.
He has been tour support for Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen, Russell Kane and Josh Widdicombe.
Early in his career, he followed in the footsteps of Sarah Millican and Jack Whitehall, to win the Amused Moose National New Comic Award. He also won several other competitions, was selected to perform as part of the prestigious Pleasance Reserve and was a BBC New Comedy Award Finalist.
As a presenter, George was named as the host of Top Gear Extra Gear in 2017 and he has interviewed stars such as Warwick Davis, Gordon Ramsay, Gillian Anderson and Jim Broadbent for Comic Relief.
“A plucky everyman with more calculated wit than he lets on.” The Scotsman
Ultra working class and totally adorable, Josh Jones is a high-energy performer who wins the audience over from the off. This super camp Manchester lad, can tackle a range of subjects from school yard politics to gay rights in Pakistan. Josh is able to improvise on the fly creating razor sharp observations, he is playful with the audience often leaving them wanting more of his brilliant, superbly delivered writing. Josh started comedy in the North West playing tough rooms to scary old drunk men, his flamboyant persona made him a easy target. However, this made Josh the strong comedian that he is today, a comic who can have the audience in the palm of his hands whilst also being able to beautifully disarm any heckler with his quick wit and cute but powerful put downs.
“He has a very engaging personality, and a back – story that should keep in routines for years to come.” Chortle
AND YOUR MC:
BEN VAN DER VELDE
Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who, over the past few years, has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of the British Isles, as well as Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Norway.
He is a regular host and act for respected British comedy clubs such as The Stand, Komedia, The Backyard, The Glee, Covent Garden Comedy Club and Top Secret Comedy, as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6, End of the Road and Sunday Papers Live. He also has taken commissions to perform a voodoo re-marriage ceremony, founded the Church of the Holy Kazoo with comedy legend Mark Thomas, walked the entire London Underground network to raise money for The Refugee Council and even took part in experiments at The Royal Society that revealed him to have the most infectious laugh of any human, rat or monkey.
“Highly promising…an accomplished comic.” Time Out
“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“The perfect comedy club host – he is a master of audience interaction. The audience weren’t just warmed up, but pretty hysterical even before the first act of the night hit the stage.” Huffington Post
Bar and Food from 5pm Box Office 6.30pm Arrive by 7.15pm Show 8pm
Tickets £25 on the door
Please note, acts subject to change