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Stand Up For Refugees: Dara O Briain, Mark Steel, Shappi Khorsandi, Francesca Martinez, Bec Hill, Zoe Lyons, Kerry Godliman, Tiernan Douieb, Tom Allen, Jen Brister
Some of the very best comedians in the UK have got together to raise money for the fantastic and important charity Help Refugees.
Stand Up For Refugees are running several shows across the UK in 2017 with this top bill of acts who will be making you laugh in order to donate money towards aiding the current humanitarian crisis and getting help to those who need it.
Compere Jen Brister will introduce:
Plus a very special guest to be announced soon.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
This event takes place at Brighton Dome, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
One of Ireland's funniest comedians, who produces laughs like a magician produces rabbits from a hat.
With a reputation as a stand-up around the world, including an appearance at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, he originally made a name for himself in Ireland on the satirical panel show Don't Feed the Gondolas and then stepped into the mainstream limelight with the hit show It's A Family Affair.
Currently to be seen presenting the BBC's topical panel show Mock The Week.
'One of the most dependably entertaining stand-up comics in the land' (The Times)
'Worked the stalls like a puppet master' (Evening Standard)
'O Briain has a laser eye for the absurd and the spurious' (The Guardian).
Dara O Briain tour dates
A heavyweight political comedian of a Marxist slant, Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up comedian on the British comedy circuit and on national tours since the '80s.
He has also written and performed The Mark Steel Solution and The Mark Steel Lecture for Radio 4, hosted Radio 5's Extra Time and produced the best selling book Reasons to be Cheerful. He writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.
'He's a man with a passionate desire to communicate his ideas, who is also very funny' (The Guardian).
Mark Steel was placed in Ents24's top 5 hardest-working comedians 2016.
Mark Steel tour dates
As seen as on Live At The Apollo, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 8/10 Cats and Have I Got News For You, Shappi Khorsandi is an Iranian female stand-up comic who established herself on the London circuit back in the early 2000's. Feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny, she handles every subject with razor sharp wit. She is also the best-selling author of A Beginners Guide to Acting English and her fantastic debut novel ‘Nina is not OK’ was published by Ebury in 2016.
Shappi was also elected president of the British Humanist society in 2017.
'Makes live comedy thrilling' (Evening Standard).
'Shappi is an endearing presence and possesses a charming self-awareness that ensures consistent laughter from start to finish' (Huffington Post).
'Seriously funny and surprisingly filthy' (The New Statesman).
Shappi Khorsandi was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
Shappi Khorsandi tour dates
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’.
Francesca Martinez tour dates
Australian-born and now London-based, Bec has gained a cult following in Australia, the UK and Ireland thanks to her award-winning solo shows. She has a talent for incorporating arts and crafts into her stand-up routines, creating a unique and unforgettable comedy style that she calls “paper-puppetry”.
Her one-liners regularly feature in “best joke” lists by “reputable” sources like The Telegraph, Dave, The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Record and Buzzfeed, which isn’t surprising, as she is the creator of the UK’s only pun-based comedy night, Pun Run.
‘Bec Hill and her side-splittingly funny stand-up routine are a joy to behold… you’ll fall in love with Bec’s excitable attitude and her witty optimism. Definitely a name to remember with a smile’ (Three Weeks Edinburgh).
‘Multi-talented with brilliant observational material’ (The Stage).
Bec Hill tour dates
A comedy award nominee and a sharp and funny comedy performer who has appeared on Mock The Week. Very highly rated by fellow comedians, and regularly bringing down the Screamers Comedy Club roof.
Zoe takes a sideways view of life, picking out the many absurdities and turning them into hilarious routines which she delivers with tremendous energy. She performs her diverse material with utter conviction leaving everyone wanting for more. She won the Funny Women Competition in 2004 and the Dave, Funniest Joke Of The Fringe Award in 2008.
'Achingly funny... A cracking show' (The Melbourne Age)
'Probably the most impressive British female comic on the circuit' (The Skinny)
'Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd' (The Guardian)
'Hugely confident, passionate, energetic... she gets better and better... Excellent' (The Daily Mirror)
'Throughout her show she unleashes non-stop rapid fire bolts of vinegar wit... I
defy anyone not to fold up with laughter at her show' (Edinburgh Evening News)
Zoe Lyons was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
Zoe Lyons tour dates
Actress and stand-up comedian, Kerry Godliman, trained at the Rose Bruford College and has since been in numerous television and theatre productions while still managing to perform regularly on the UK comedy circuit.
Also a finalist in the Babycham Funny Women competition.
'Goes for the jugular. Quick wit, frank and engaging' (The Independent)
'A great comic who oozes personality' (Evening Standard)
'She may present herself as just one of the girls, but this young Londoner has clearly got the potential to really stand out' (The Scotsman).
Kerry Godliman tour dates
Tiernan Douieb is a natural compere. He's like a big tickling stick... and that's a good thing. But don't take our word for it, here are a few reviews from his 2009 Edinburgh Show:
'An endearing and good natured performer (The Stage)
'This densely packed set is delivered by a comic with charm and a sweetly boyish perspective….Douieb has an accomplished and charming manner and some genuinely funny material' (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)
'Douieb has more than enough energy to go round, and he's a hugely engaging onstage presence...' (British Comedy Guide)
'... gets the juxtaposition between heavy context and winning punchlines right’ (Festmag)
'With this fresh style and material he blows so many other Fringe comedians out of the water' (Three Weeks)
Tiernan Douieb tour dates
Tom Allen is a comedian, writer and actor. He started as a stand up at the age of 22 and went on to win both So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards in the same year. Since then he has honed his unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling by performing to audiences all over the UK and around the world.
Tom Allen is a wonderfully laconic anecdotalist, and bears an uncanny stage presence to what might be described as the love child of Kenneth Williams and Stephen Fry. He has a genius for digression and an ear for hilariously mundane comments and platitudes. A rare talent, indeed.
'I urge, nay demand – that you see him perform' (Three Weeks)
'Riotous entertainment... Allen is one of life's true eccentrics' (The Guardian)
'Tom Allen makes me reach for old-fashioned words like debonair and urbane. Blessed with crystalline enunciation and velvety, vocal warmth, he sounds as though he was born at the BBC' (Chortle).
Tom Allen was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians 2017.
Tom Allen tour dates
Jen Brister is a stand up comic, writer and comedy actor.
'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).
Jen Brister tour dates