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Thu 16th May at 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Crying With Laughter
@ Backyard Bar, London
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Crying With Laughter: Ricky Grover, Shazia Mirza, Hattie Hayridge, Maureen Younger, James Dowdeswell, Jen Brister, Otiz Cannelloni, Brian Damage & Krysstal, Angie McEvoy
"In association with Laughing Cows & The Backyard Comedy Club, Emma Thompson invites you to attend 'Crying with Laughter'.
Back for its third year, Crying with Laughter is back with some top-notch comedians all performing in aid of the Helen Bamber Foundation. The night aims to raise funds and awareness for the charity in order to enable it to assist victims of human trafficking & torture.
Tickets can be bought via this link: www.helenbamber.org/events/cryingwithlaughter/"
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Huge and hirstute comedian, recognisable form his appearances on Red Dwarf, Johnny Vaughan's sitcom 'Orrible and a spell on the 11 O'clock Show on Channel 4.
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Winner of the London Comedy Festival 2001 and star of Eve Ensler's hit show, The Vagina Monologues. Shazia is lifting the veil on the world of Muslim comedy.
She is well-known for her appearances on BBC's Have I Got News For You, Beautiful People, Muslim Driving School, and The Now Show and Last Comic Standing on NBC.
A practising Muslim, Shazia is known for her deadpan delivery on her observations of her religious world. She works internationally, recently completing a six month tour of England and the United States and has appeared on BBC’s Have I Got News For You, NBC’s Last Comic Standing and CBS’s 60 Minutes.
The only female Muslim stand-up comedian, she has come a long way since starting out in Birmingham in 2000 working as a science teacher and driving up and down the country for a booking for as little as £10.
'Wonderfully life enhancing' (The Guardian).
'No one can resist - the room erupts' (Elle Magazine).
'Clever, ground-breaking and very funny' (Evening Standard)
'Had the place in stitches' (Independent)
'The Lenny Bruce of female stand-up' (Metro).
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The face that launched a thousand ships - well 'Red Dwarf' anyway; now a Big Name in the comedy circuit with her slow-burn one liners.
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Stand-up comedian and resident MC of Laughing Cows in London, Birmingham and Berlin. Maureen is also a regular contributor on BBC Radio.
'Maureen Younger is more than compere, more than host, with a natural gift of the gab she's quick off the mark and doesn't miss a trick!' (http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk)
'... funny and infectious' (Time Out)
'... whose punch lines also hit the mark in German' (Cologne Rundschau)
'Engaging and funny' (Three Weeks).
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James is an imaginative storytelling comedian who combines deft stand-up with daft stories.
As seen on Russell Howard's Good News (BBC), Jimmy Carr's Celebrity Deal Or No Deal (C4) and Ricky Gervais' Extras (BBC).
'An excellent line in comedy' (The Guardian Pick Of The Week)
'James Dowdeswell is a real master of the comedian's craft. His material is top drawer' (Chortle)
'So nice you could take him home to meet your grandparents' (Metro)
'A quirky impressionist with very funny material' (The Times).
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Energetic lesbian comedienne and Mardi Gras comedy competition winner.
'Brister ticks all the boxes – she's confident, energetic and knows how to deliver a line for maximum laughs' (The Scotsman)
'Outrageously funny' (Metro)
'Gorgeously talented' (Tim Arthur, Time Out)
'This is as near perfect stand up as I have seen' (Scotsgay).
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Otiz Cannelloni combines magic and the logic of stand-up to produce a hybrid comic creation. With a mind more suited to testing crash helmets, his performance fluctuates between sheer genius and downright stupidity.
'Master of mirth and minimalist magic... delightful' (Time Out).
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Brian and Krysstal are a unique comedy double act based in London. Blending music, deadpan comedy and silliness, they have been working on the comedy circuit for ten years, during which time they have performed not only all over the UK but also Germany, Spain, South Africa and Australia.
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"Her conversational delivery is a treat but the chatty tone conceals some surprisingly cutting routines" The Guardian
Angie McEvoy has a sweet and laid back stage persona, fused with a dry and cutting wit. She regularly performs, either as compere or performing a set in major venues around the UK, such as Highlights, Screaming Blue Murder and Jongleurs.
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