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Wed 6th Mar at 7:30pm
Give It Up For Comic Relief
@ The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
Featuring: Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Noel Fielding, Simon Amstell, Jason Manford, Jimmy Carr, Doc Brown, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, Emeli Sandé, Jessie J, Paloma Faith, Nicole Scherzinger, Rizzle Kicks, Jake Bugg
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Give It Up For Comic Relief: Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Noel Fielding, Simon Amstell, Jason Manford, Jimmy Carr, Doc Brown, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, Emeli Sandé, Jessie J, Paloma Faith, Nicole Scherzinger, Rizzle Kicks, Jake Bugg
Enjoy an evening of comedy and live music, all in aid of Comic Relief.
'Give It Up for Comic Relief' is an extraordinary concert produced by Live Nation, featuring top music acts including: Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Emeli Sande and Nicole Scherzinger.
The night will also include comedy acts Simon Amstell, Frankie Boyle, Russell Brand, Doc Brown, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, Eddie Izzard, Jason Manford, with other acts due to be announced in the lead up to the concert.
The “Give It Up for Comic Relief” gig will be on BBC Three, with backstage coverage hosted by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 and a highlights package broadcasted on BBC One.
Kevin Cahill, CEO at Comic Relief says: "Comic Relief has funded work tackling substance abuse for many years. We were thrilled when Russell Brand offered to highlight the issue and raise funds to help tackle the problem. It's a perfect use of his celebrity profile to front the Give It Up for Comic Relief gig and work behind the scenes to put it all together. He has played a blinder."
Money raised from ticket sales as part of “Give It Up for Comic Relief” will go to help support people affected by drug and alcohol addiction.
Keep in touch with 'Give It Up for Comic Relief' and all of Comic Relief's fundraising efforts at www.rednoseday.com/giveitup
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio and television presenter, singer, columnist, and author. In 2004, Brand achieved mainstream fame in the UK as the host of Big Brother's Big Mouth, a Big Brother spin-off. In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian's. He became known in the United States in 2008, after his major role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the film led to a starring role in Get Him to the Greek in 2010. He also worked as a voice actor for animated films Despicable Me in 2010 and Hop in 2011. He starred in the 2011 remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore film Arthur.
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Ebullient, unpredictable and sincere comic who is just as likely to play a village hall in Scotland as a mainstream venue, 'cos he can! He has been hailed as one of the foremost stand-ups of his generation, taking ideas and situations and extrapolating them into bizarre, tangential, absurd and surreal comic narratives. Eddie's musings have earned him countless awards including two Emmy's. Whilst initially renowned as a comic, Eddie is equally respected as a film, theatre and TV actor as well.
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It was back in the late '90s when, alongside Julian Barratt, Noel brought to life Howard Moon and Vince Noir in the upstairs room of a North London pub. The Mighty Boosh made their Edinburgh Festival debut in 1998 winning the coveted Perrier Award for Best Newcomer.
Despite his huge success as one half of The Mighty Boosh, 'the funniest comedy double act in Britain' (NME), Noel has continually worked on his solo projects. In January 2012 the first series of his kaleidoscopic character comedy
show Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy aired on E4. Half live action, half animated, the series introduced us to some brand new characters including, among others, New York cop Sergeant Raymond Boombox, modern day Don Quixote Fantasy Man and Roy Circles, an anthropomorphic chocolate finger with shell shock.
Noel's additional television credits include The IT Crowd and Nathan Barley as
well as appearances in Doll And Em, How Not to Live Your Life, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Surrealissimo: The Trial of Salvador Dali. He also co-presented Comic Relief Does Top Of The Pops alongside Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates and has appeared as guest team captain on The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year. Having first appeared as a panellist on the show, Noel has also been a team captain on the last four series of the long running music show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
'A comedy wunderkind' (The Telegraph)
'A Gothic George Best' (Phill Jupitus).
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Former C4 Popworld presenter, host of The Morning After Show and Mardi Gras comedy competition finalist. Simon has won an RTS Award for his work on Never Mind The Buzzcocks as well as a Broadcast Award, two British Comedy Awards and was most recently nominated for a BAFTA.
He left BBC2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks to concentrate on his live stand-up shows across the country, so expect to see a lot more of him in future.
'Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until it
seems utterly ridiculous. Highly literate... an endearing mixture of offhanded
candour and sharp wit. Such ease and understatement makes him very good company' (The New York Times).
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Renowned for his hilarious observations and loveable, friendly delivery, Jason has been a firm favourite with comedy fans of all ages since his first solo stand-up show earned him huge critical acclaim and a nomination for the prestigious Perrier Newcomer Award back in 2005.
'Effortlessly entertaining' (Evening Standard)
'He's blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Manford retains an affably jovial demeanour that makes him warmly enjoyable company' (Chortle)
'What Manford does best: classic, chirpy-chappie stand-up' (The Guardian).
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Over the past 10 years, Jimmy has deservedly earned his place amongst the very best of British comics. As well as hosting 14 series of 8 Out Of 10 Cats and starring in 10 O’Clock Live, Jimmy is a regular on all the top TV comedy shows. Often referred to as ‘the hardest working man in comedy’, Jimmy has so far performed his live stand-up tour shows to well over 1.3 million people and his DVDs have sold more than 1.2 million copies. His stand-up achievements to date include a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand Up Tour, a Loaded LAFTA Award for Best Stand-Up and a Perrier Award nomination.
'A comedy hero for our times' (The Guardian)
'Jimmy Carr is a world-class comedian...I envy his brilliance with words' (The Independent).
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Mark Ronson's former MC, Doc Brown is the younger brother of best selling author Zadie Smith. The rapper turned to stand-up in 2007 and was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny new act competition.
He was placed third in the English Comedian of the Year competition. Brown has featured in the BBC Radio 4 show Do You Know What You Are Saying?
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A glorious synth-tinged melting pot of indie rock that will caress the eardrums. Formed in Leicester while still at school, they took their name from Linda Kasabian, one of the members of the Charles Manson cult. Their electronica-indie rock fusion akin to Primal Scream combined with the rough vocal style and unrepentant Mancunian swagger of Oasis has firmly established them as more than just a flash in the pan and injected a large dose of energy back into the Brit-rock scene.
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Needing no introduction, Noel is best known as the guitarist, occasional singer and songwriting backbone of Oasis. Along with younger brother Liam, Noel shot to fame in the 1990's with Oasis' debut album 'Definitely Maybe', the fastest selling British debut ever. Love him or hate him, Noel and Oasis altered the direction of British music and are the stuff legends are made of. Since Oasis split, Noel has recorded his debut solo album, released in October 2011.
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A soul singer, songwriter, and pianist from Aberdeen whose treacle on gravel voice has made her hotly sought after as a collaborator by such artists as Chipmunk and Wiley. Smart, sussed, talented, entrepreneurial, shiningly engaging in the flesh, utterly transfixing on stage and unforgettable in her words and melodies, Emeli Sande is the epitome of the brilliant modern artist.
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Making an earth shattering entrance, this girl is set to leave her trailblazing mark on the world. The Essex-born songwriter has penned tunes for the likes of Alicia Keyes, toured with Chris Brown and notably wrote Miley Cyrus's Number One billboard smash 'Party In The USA!' While her multi-octave voice and self-made attitude has earned Jessie J the respect of music's glitterati; from Kylie to Justin Timberlake commenting 'Who is the best singer? Jessie J!', to Cyndi Lauper pulling her on stage at Shepherds Bush to sing her legendary anthem 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' alongside her.
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London-based alt-soul songstress with a heart-melting vocal presence and a Billie Holiday influence. The Hackney-born singer draws on diverse influences from her colourful past, including working as a magicians assistant, actress, burlesque performer and trained contemporary dancer, and uses unconventional theatricals and props to make her stage shows original, engaging and magical.
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American singer, songwriter, dancer and occasional actress who is best known as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. Since fronting one of the world's most famous female collectives, Nicole Scherzinger has not only firmly established herself as a solo artist, but she has gone on to become a TV personality as a judge on the American X Factor.
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Harley Alexander-Sule and Jordan Stephens are two of the most exciting young talents to emerge in 2011. Their debut single 'Down With The Trumpets' sold over 250,000 copies and hung around in the Top 10 for a month, and the duo have already been nominated for 3 MOBO Awards. Their debut album is a mixture of pop and hip hop incorporating the fun elements of the old school hip-hop era circa 1988-92.
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Venue: The SSE Arena, Wembley
Bookings: 0844 815 0815
→ Wembley Stadium 6 min walk
→ Wembley Park 8 min walk