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Sun 12th May at 7:00pm
@ Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames
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Loving Linda: Jo Caulfield, Jenny Eclair, Barry Cryer, Ronnie Golden, Phill Jupitus, Stewart Lee, Carol Grimes, Dorian Ford, Andy Hamilton
The fifth concert in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer in memory of comedian Linda Smith features a superb comedy line-up.
'I always look forward to this evening not only because it is guaranteed to be hilarious and fun, but it is a fitting tribute to my good friend Linda Smith and a great way of raising funds and awareness for one of the lesser known cancers that affects so many women in the UK' (Andy Hamilton)
'I'm really glad to be doing this, I knew Linda and she died far too young from a disease we all need to beat. Any awareness and funds we can raise on May 12th will be a step in the right direction' (Jenny Eclair)
'This is an amazing night of comedy with great comics and performers that you would rarely find all on one bill. As well as that you'll be raising money so that we don't lose more fantastic women like Linda Smith to ovarian cancer' (Jo Caulfield).
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
This event takes place at Rose Theatre, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Graham Norton's writer and warm-up artiste, co-founder of the 'Hampstead Clinic' comedy club. She is regular performer at the Comedy Store and on The Stand Up Show. Jo won a BAFTA award in 2003 for her part in the Channel 4 'V Graham Norton' show.
Dubbed 'funniest woman in Britain', she lives up to the title with razor-sharp wit, acerbic observations and scandalous one-liners, all excellently written and impeccably delivered.
'Cut-throat wit and a razor-sharp tongue... Sharp-witted, urban comedy that goes down a treat. Like a sociology textbook, but with jokes' (The Times).
'Incapable of doing a bad show, so sharp is her tongue and so in tandem is it with her mischievous mind' (The Scotsman)
'Feisty, funny and wonderfully bitchy... one of the finest female comics' (The Observer).
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Jenny Eclair has been a stand-up comic for donkeys’ years; she was the first woman to win the coveted Perrier Award and hasn't stopped banging on about it ever since. She still gigs regularly and is on tour around the UK.
TV highlights include I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, the Grumpy Old Women series, plus the Grumpy Guides, Grumpy Holidays and It's Grim Up North. She also occasionally crops up on day time telly and gets very excited about doing things like This Morning and Loose Women.
Stage wise, Eclair's biggest hit to date has been co-writing (with Judith Holder) and
starring in Grumpy Old Women Live and Grumpy Old Women Live 2, and Chin Up Britain.
'Ruthlessly funny' (The Times).
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One of the country's greatest comic writers, and unchallenged King of the One-Liner. Barry has appeared in TV and radio shows spanning the over four decades, and is star of Radio 4's top-rated comedy quiz show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
Barry has written for such notable greats as Frankie Howerd, Bruce Forsyth, The Two Ronnies, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson and Morecambe and Wise in their heyday.
'He's like a very generous jukebox - you put a penny in and get 10 songs
back' (The Independent).
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Veteran rock 'n' roller, stand-up chameleon, leader of 70s mind-mangling punk rock comedy combo The Fabulous Poodles plus Club Senseless' own Ronnie And The Rex. Widely respected as both a musician and a stand-up, his unique mix of guitar parodies and keenly observed humour have made him one of the top headline acts in the country.
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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 and 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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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).
'Superlative... Remains one of the best stand-ups in the country' (Metro)
'Marvellously funny: mordant, thoughtful and crafted' (Observer)
'There's a wealth of evidence to suggest that in the last few years, Lee has gone completely mad... More skilful and playful than ever' (The Guardian)
'What is exhilarating is how many surprises he still throws in and how deft his jumps are from one tone to another….invigorating' (The Times)
'He is... the only comedian who can get away with deconstructing and critiquing his own routines as he goes along and not be repellent. He, and his material, are simply that good' (The Independent).
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Venue: Rose Theatre
24-26 High Street
KT1 1HL 51.408195, -0.307762
Disabled Access: Bronze Status
Bookings: 08444 821 556
→ Kingston 9 min walk
→ Hampton Wick 10 min walk