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Wed 2nd Oct at 6:30pm
Mencap's Big Comedy Special
@ Eventim Apollo, London
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Mencap's Big Comedy Special: Omid Djalili, Jo Brand, Richard Herring, Jon Richardson, Jessica Hynes, Peter Serafinowicz, Andrew Maxwell, Susan Calman, Tim Vine, Wendy Watson
Omid Djalili, Jo Brand, Richard Herring, Jon Richardson, Jessica Hynes, Peter Serafinowicz, Andrew Maxwell, Susan Calman, Tim Vine and Wendy Wason with some very special guests.
The learning disability charity Mencap has announced a heavyweight line up for the Mencap Big Comedy Special on Wednesday 2nd October 2013 at The Hammersmith Apollo, London.
The comedy marathon includes funny favorites Omid Djalili, Jo Brand, Richard Herring, Jessica Hynes, Andrew Maxwell, Jon Richardson, Susan Calman, Tim Vine and Wendy Wason who have all signed up to do their bit for the Mencap comedy evening which promises to be a mix of stand-up comedy and sketches featuring special guests still to be announced.
The Mencap Big Comedy Special brings together some of the UK’s best-loved comedians for a fundraising night of side-splitting entertainment. All proceeds from the event will support Mencap’s continued work supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
One of Britain's freshest and most original comics, this British-born Iranian hams the accent and underlines the cliches before pulling the Persian rug from under the audience. With a career in comedy spanning across three decades, Omid Djalili's legendary performances on stage and screen have won him fans and plaudits the world over.
Renowned for his razor sharp wit, boundless energy and expertly crafted cultural observations, his original material continues to explore the diversity of modern Britain and he remains one of the most exciting entertainers on the circuit.
A firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival, Omid's stand-up awards include the Time Out Award for Best Stand Up and the EMMA Award. He's also been a nominee for a Perrier Award and the South Bank Award. Omid was also awarded a Best Actor award at the Turin Film Festival for his lead performance in The Infidel.
'To carve yourself out a career as the thinking person's Iranian comedian in this political climate takes a fine brain and a masterful way with the audience. There is no question that Omid Djalili possesses both' (The Sunday Times)
'Right now, the Iranian Djalili is probably one of the most subversive, let alone funniest, comedians around' (The Guardian).
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Uncompromising and head-on comic who will deal with issues that are sexist or sizeist with a razor sharp wit. 'Britain's funniest female comedian in years.' (The Independent)
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As one half of the prolific comedy duo Lee & Herring, Richard enjoyed phenomenal cult success as a writer and performer with shows such as Fist of Fun (BBC Two) and This Morning with Richard Not Judy (BBC Two). In recent years he teamed up with Andrew Collins to co-host the Collins and Herring podcast on BBC 6 Music which the Guardian said paved the way for funny podcasts'.
Both the Collins and Herring podcast and his Chortle award-winning and Sony award-nominated podcast As It Occurs To Me are available to download from http://www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts and iTunes.
Richard has recently completed a 94 date nationwide tour of his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show, Christ on a Bike: The Second Coming. In 2010 he also published his book, 'How Not To Grow Up', and released 'Hitler Moustache' - his acclaimed stand up show - on DVD.
'Herring is a superior comedian... Hilarious' (The Guardian)
'Stimulating and exhilarating... Utterly Hilarious' (Chortle).
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The critically acclaimed comedian and Edinburgh If comedy nominee. 2008 winner for best breakthrough act in the Chortle Awards.
Jon is currently a team captain on Channel 4's panel show '8 Out Of 10 Cats'.
'He's a gentle and ever-smiling anecdotalist who sees the world in a rather skewed way... consistently funny about life and its foibles... We leave the theatre feeling full of the joys of life' (The Arts Desk)
'So good he actually bends time' (Chortle)
'Jon Richardson is developing into a quietly sophisticated comedian who is at turns hilarious and disturbing and under no circumstances should you miss' (Daily Mirror)
'One of our most individual and interesting stand-ups' (The Times)
'Sublimely brilliant, stunning' (Time Out).
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Jessica Hynes is an English actress and writer, most renowned as one of the creators, writers and stars of the British sitcom Spaced. Hynes has won two British Comedy Awards, both for her performances in Spaced.
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Andrew is a very fine Irish comedian and BAFTA Award winner who can keep an audience focused with accessible and unpretentious topical comedy which has a pinch of his unique laddishness.
'I've seen the future of Irish Comedy and its name is Andrew Maxwell' (Irish Times)
'... infuriatingly excellent... he delivers a superb set' (The Sunday Times)
'Stand up is rarely this politically well informed or thought-provoking' (The Scotsman)
'All you can do is revel in the mischief this comically attuned Dubliner makes... utter magic' (The List)
'A social sage for the fast changing world... a wealth of first-rate material' (Fest).
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Award winning stand-up comedian, writer and actress who is an Edinburgh Fringe favourite and a regular on The News Quiz and The Now Show.
'Feisty Scot Calman is one of the best female comics to ever come out of the land of bagpipes and haggis. She'll make you chuckle your pants off' (Time Out)
'Confident, compact... cracking' (Evening Standard).
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Call him what you will - the king of the one-liners, the joke machine gun, the punmeister... Officially the world's fastest gagster with a relentless delivery to keep you on your toes.
Star of BBC's Live At The Apollo and sitcom Not Going Out.
'Vine is superb' (The Guardian).
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Venue: Eventim Apollo
Bookings: 0844 249 1000
Disabled Bookings: 020 8563 3800
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