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Thu 22nd Nov at 7:30pm (Doors 6:30pm)
Laugh Or The Polar Bear Gets It
@ Eventim Apollo, London
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Laugh Or The Polar Bear Gets It: Josh Widdicombe, Tony Law, Danny Bhoy, Stewart Lee, Ed Byrne, Dan Antopolski, Francesca Martinez
In its third year, Laugh or the Polar Bear Gets It will not only provide you with a whale of a time, but will go a long way in supporting Friends of the Earth's mission to promote a positive relationship between people and the environment.
Some superb new acts have joined the stellar line-up at this year's event at Hammersmith Apollo including Josh Widdicombe - star of 'The Last Leg' (C4) and 'Live at the Apollo' , Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Tony Law and Danny Bhoy, as featured on The Late Show with David Letterman and 'Live at the Apollo'.
Already onboard to create another show-stopping event are Stewart Lee, Ed Byrne, Dan Antopolski and Francesca Martinez, with more exciting names to be released.
NB: Unfortunately Beardyman is unable to perform.
Tim Minchin said of last year's show: "This show's titular threat is deadly serious. If you don't come and laugh, we have an actual metaphorical polar bear and it is seriously going to get 'it'. Luckily, we are not worried, because (a) the line-up is excellent, and (b) we don't know what it's a metaphor for!"
One of the best up-and-coming comedians on the UK circuit, Josh Widdicombe is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain. He is also fast establishing himself on the live circuit, regularly supporting huge comic talent such as Alan Carr, Kevin Bridges and Michael McIntyre. Star of BBC2's 'The Rob Brydon Show', Channel 4's 'Stand Up For The Week' and '8 Out Of 10 Cats', Josh was also nominated for Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2011 and Chortle Best Breakthrough Act in 2011. He was also FHM Stand-Up Hero 2010.
'Guardian sports reporter turned ace observationalist Josh Widdicombe has the ability to find the sparkle in the mundane that puts him in line to be the next Sean Lock' (The Guardian)
'This is one of the most individual, accomplished, hilarious and unforgettable hours I have had this year' (The Scotsman)
'His talent for comedy is priceless' (Evening Standard).
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Since winning the Glastonbury New Act competition Canadian comedian Tony Law has become one of the most revered stand-ups on the circuit, winning the acclaim of both the critics and his peers. As testament to this Tony was honoured with the prestigious Comics' Choice 'Piece-of-Wood' Award at the 2005 Melbourne Comedy Festival.
The cheerfully absurd humour that Law knocks around into a jazzy, freeform shape has endeared him to both live and TV audiences in the UK and abroad. He's a regular face at the UK's biggest comedy clubs, and a favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
'One of the finest and funniest comics on the circuit... destined for comedy stardom' (Time Out)
'Form-busting and hugely enjoyable' (The Times).
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With his dry, ironic wit and his hilarious observations, Danny Bhoy is fast becoming a sought-after young talent on the comedy scene. Danny has a dark, mysterious edge which is reflected in his humour.
'Like a stand up equivalent of Bill Bryson. Charming and effortlessly funny' - The Herald.
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An official Channel 4 survey of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups Ever placed Stewart Lee at number 41. His mother, whom he loves dearly, thinks Tom O'Connor the better comedian, having seen him do a joke about a sardine on a cruise ship ten years ago. And he isn't even in the top 100...
'The funniest, most cliche-free comedian on the circuit' (Ricky Gervais).
'Marvellously funny: mordant, thoughtful and crafted' (Observer)
'Masterful' (The Daily Telegraph).
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The master of observational comedy, Ed's many TV appearances over the last couple of years have included hosting Live At The Apollo and being a regular panellist on Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You, as well as various other new comedy shows including Miranda Harts Christmas Unwrapped. A sucker for a quiz, particular recent highlights for Ed have been taking part in Celebrity Mastermind and being a contestant on Celebrity Pointless. Ed is also a regular contributor to comedy and music shows on both BBC Radio 2 and 4 and 6 Music.
'Comedy's holy grail... Go see!' (The Sunday Times)
'Ed Byrne is on top form' (Time Out London)
'Byrne is at the top of his game' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don't have a chance to get a word in edgeways' (The Times)
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word “masterful” but in this case it is no
overstatement' (The Scotsman).
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Dave Award winner, triple Perrier Award nominee and BBC New Comedy award winner, Dan Antopolski is one of the fastest rising stars in comedy. With his latest Edinburgh show Silent But Deadly receiving massive praise from The Guardian, The Observer, Chortle and many more, his surreal comic mind, coupled with a mastery of the English language, is dazzling audiences across the UK.
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Rising comedy star and ex-Grange Hill actress (playing Rachel Burns) whose shows are a mix of stand-up and flashback sketches. Not one to shy away from the important issues, in 2008 Francesca made global headlines when she became the first Olympic Torch-Bearer to pull out of the London relay in protest against China’s treatment of Tibet. She has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’.
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Venue: Eventim Apollo
Bookings: 0844 249 1000
Disabled Bookings: 020 8563 3800
→ Kensington (Olympia) 16 min walk
→ Hammersmith 5 min walk