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Mon 19th Nov at 7:30pm
Marcus Brigstocke Presents: A Winter Hamper Of Delights In Aid Of Street Child Of Sierra Leone
@ Eventim Apollo, London
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Marcus Brigstocke Presents: A Winter Hamper Of Delights In Aid Of Street Child Of Sierra Leone: Marcus Brigstocke, Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Ed Byrne, Milton Jones, Phill Jupitus, Jeremy Hardy, Robin Ince, KT Tunstall, Shlomo, Adam Hills
Over half of the population of Sierra Leone are children…This statistic is capable of inspiring both horror and optimism in those who hear it. Following the civil war over 50% of the people now living in Sierra Leone are under 18… Children determined to create a better, brighter future for themselves and their families. There is enough food. There is substantial mineral wealth and the third largest natural harbour in the world from which to export it - and yet 70% of the population live in poverty.
On the 19th of November a spectacular show will take place at London’s Hammersmith Apollo – hosted by award winning comedian Marcus Brigstocke – presenting the cream of the UK’s comedy and music talent with all proceeds going to Street Child Sierra Leone – who’s aim is to take children off the streets. Re-building their trust in adults. Reconciling the children with their families and communities or settling them in alternative loving environments and empowering families to care for themselves.
In June 2012 Marcus’ brother Henry was one of 386 runners to take part in the world’s first ever marathon in the searing heat of Sierra Leone - raising £230,000 for Street Child projects.
Marcus and Henry Brigstocke are now taking this fundraising effort in a new direction with a gala night of comedy and music.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Marcus began his comedy career in Bristol whilst studying drama at University and soon won the BBC New Comedian of 1996 at the Edinburgh Festival. He is now regarded as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing stand up nationally to sell out audiences both on tour and on the well trodden comedy circuit. The master of satirical comedy, Marcus has proved to be blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics.
'If you haven't seen him live, then you haven't seen him at his very best' (The Daily Mirror)
'Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it' (The Daily Telegraph).
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Seann Walsh is one of the most exciting charismatic new comedic talents to appear in recent years. With confidence and material that belies his tender years Seann has already supported Stephen K Amos on his national tour and appeared on many TV shows. Charming, accessible and laugh out loud funny.
'See him now, before the stadium tour' (Sunday Times)
'Slick, funny observational comedy' (http://www.Chortle.co.uk).
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An Iranian female stand-up comic who has established herself on the London circuit. A finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards 2000 and second place winner of the Hackney Empire New Act 2000. As seen as on Live At The Apollo, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 8/10 Cats and Have I Got News For You. One of the hottest comedy prospects in the country, She is also the best-selling author of A Beginners Guide to Acting English.
Shappi is feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny handling every subject with razor sharp wit.
'One of Britain's brightest young comedians' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Makes live comedy thrilling' (Evening Standard)
'She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency... Britain's best young female comic by any yardstick' (The Guardian)
'Shappi is an endearing presence and possesses a charming self-awareness that ensures consistent laughter from start to finish' (Huffington Post).
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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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Milton Jones? You know, the weird bloke with the shirts from Mock The Week! Comedian, writer and actor, whose stand-up is full of surrealism, nonsense and sharp wit. His style of humour is based on mostly one-liners involving puns. Jones has had various shows on BBC Radio 4, at the beginning of which he is sometimes announced as 'Britain's funniest Milton'.
'The wild-haired Jones has raised wordplay to the level of fine art' (Radio Times)
'He's fast, absurd and very funny' (Radio Times)
'No-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride' (The Guardian)
'The best one-line merchant in British Comedy' (Chortle).
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This popular stand-up and TV comedian is well-known for his appearances on the pop music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. His career as a performer began in 1984 when he quit his job as a civil servant to follow a new direction as a performance poet on the alternative comedy circuit and supporting bands such as The Style Council and The Housemartins. During the late '80s he worked with Billy Bragg, directing videos for both Bragg and Kirsty MacColl. Phill has an abiding love and in-depth knowledge of popular music, particularly ska, bluebeat and rhythm & blues. His hugely successful standup tours have included Jedi, Steady, Go and Quadrophobia, and he has worked extensively on radio, variously as a contributor, panellist and presenter. He has also toured as part of The Blockheads line-up.
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Jeremy Hardy has been a stand-up comic since 1984 and will be one until he dies or wins the lottery.
Jeremy is best known for his work on Radio 4, notably on News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. In 2010, he published a book, My Family and Other Strangers, chronicling his desperate search for interesting ancestors.
'In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material' (The Guardian)
'A comic genius' (Sandi Toksvig).
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This versatile comedy veteran delivers a highly improvised set which can cover a vast range of subjects and material. As seen on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz and Loose Ends.
Chortle Award Winner 2009 and Winner of the Time Out Outstanding Comedy Achievement Award.
'Robin Ince is thoughtful, provocative and very funny' (The Times)
'When someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince' (The Guardian).
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The BRIT awards winner of Best British Female Solo Artist of 2006 needs little introduction these days - the evidence of her success is unavoidable in Britain today. By her own testimony, her rather personal and reflective music is rooted in her adopted childhood; 'I grew up knowing I could have had a million different lives. It makes your life mysterious and your imagination go wild.' She's earned a solid reputation as a live performer and also pioneered the use of live sampling in chart music, which features significantly in her concerts with the use of a pedal she refers to as 'Wee B**tard'.
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Shlomo's show is a dazzling mix of storytelling and high energy, genre-hopping, voice-box mashing from the World Loopstation Champion and internationally acclaimed human beatboxer.
A Guinness World Record holder, Shlomo gave up astrophysics to perform his amazing vocal pyrotechnics. He has consistently pushed the boundaries of beatboxing, bringing the art form to new and unexpected audiences. Shlomo is also a jazz drummer and classically-trained percussionist.
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Host of Channel 4's critically acclaimed entertainment show 'The Last Leg', top Australian funny man Adam Hills takes to the stage with anecdotes and audience participation, all delivered in his refreshingly unique, laid-back style. Adam has enjoyed successful visits to the Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival, as well as being a nominee for the Perrier Award in 2001 and 2002, he has enjoyed numerous television and radio appearances, winning fans with his boundless energy, rampant spontaneity and positive take on the world around us. His debut stand-up DVD 'Happyism' is released November 18th 2013.
'Stand up so effortlessly brilliant you wonder why some comedians even get out of bed' (The Guardian)
'… a highly accomplished, likeable and very funny stand up… get ready to belly-laugh' (Heat)
'Hills is comedy sunshine and it's rather nice to bask in his glow' (The Scotsman)
'Hills's wit is incisively dry and sharp and his observations are bitingly precise' (Sunday Herald Sun).
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Venue: Eventim Apollo
Bookings: 0844 249 1000
Disabled Bookings: 020 8563 3800
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