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Thu 16th May at 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Crying With Laughter
@ Backyard Bar, London
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Crying With Laughter: Ricky Grover, Shazia Mirza, Hattie Hayridge, Maureen Younger, James Dowdeswell, Jen Brister, Otiz Cannelloni, Brian Damage & Krysstal, Angie McEvoy
"In association with Laughing Cows & The Backyard Comedy Club, Emma Thompson invites you to attend 'Crying with Laughter'.
Back for its third year, Crying with Laughter is back with some top-notch comedians all performing in aid of the Helen Bamber Foundation. The night aims to raise funds and awareness for the charity in order to enable it to assist victims of human trafficking & torture.
Tickets can be bought via this link: www.helenbamber.org/events/cryingwithlaughter/"
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Huge and hirstute comedian, recognisable form his appearances on Red Dwarf, Johnny Vaughan's sitcom 'Orrible and a spell on the 11 O'clock Show on Channel 4.
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Winner of the London Comedy Festival 2001 and star of Eve Ensler's hit show, The Vagina Monologues. Shazia is lifting the veil on the world of Muslim comedy.
She is well-known for her appearances on BBC's Have I Got News For You, Beautiful People, Muslim Driving School, and The Now Show and Last Comic Standing on NBC.
A practising Muslim, Shazia is known for her deadpan delivery on her observations of her religious world. She works internationally, recently completing a six month tour of England and the United States and has appeared on BBC’s Have I Got News For You, NBC’s Last Comic Standing and CBS’s 60 Minutes.
The only female Muslim stand-up comedian, she has come a long way since starting out in Birmingham in 2000 working as a science teacher and driving up and down the country for a booking for as little as £10.
'Wonderfully life enhancing... Her laconic one-liners represent something quite unique in modern comedy' (The Guardian).
'No one can resist - the room erupts' (Elle Magazine).
'Clever, ground-breaking and very funny' (Evening Standard)
'Had the place in stitches' (Independent)
'The Lenny Bruce of female stand-up' (Metro).
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The face that launched a thousand ships - well 'Red Dwarf' anyway; now a Big Name in the comedy circuit with her slow-burn one liners.
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Maureen is frank, fast, feisty, sharp and engaging – honest humour with attitude! She works as a stand up comedian and compere all around the UK and abroad and even gigs in German! As an experienced compere, Maureen is known for her quick wit and sharp audience interaction. In the UK she is one of the few comedians who works regularly on the mainstream and urban comedy circuits.
Her gigs have ranged from being the support act for the entire West End run of The Naked Magicians at the Trafalgar Studios as well as one of the warm up acts for Puppetry of the Penis to performing at the Barbican alongside Arthur Smith; supporting Shazia Mirza on tour; to being one of the acts at the Jamaica vs The World gigs at the Shepherds Bush Empire.
Maureen is also the resident MC of MY Comedy in London and Birmingham, and has worked as a contributor on BBC Radio and Sky News.
'Maureen Younger is more than compere, more than host, with a natural gift of the gab she's quick off the mark and doesn't miss a trick!' (http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk)
'If you have been lucky enough to see her perform you will be fully aware of just how funny and infectious this woman is.' (Time Out)
“one of the best MCs in the country” (Jo Enright)
'... whose punch lines also hit the mark in German' (Cologne Rundschau)
'Engaging and funny' (Three Weeks).
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James is an imaginative West Country comedian. As seen on Russell Howard's Good News (BBC), Ricky Gervais' Extras (BBC) and host of World Cup Round Up (Sky Sports).
'An excellent line in comedy' (The Guardian)
'A quirky impressionist with very funny material' (The Times)
'His intelligent and inventive storytelling is delivered from a slightly strange perspective which is both entertaining and captivating' (Funhouse Comedy).
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Energetic lesbian comedienne and Mardi Gras comedy competition winner.
'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).
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Otiz Cannelloni combines magic and the logic of stand-up to produce a hybrid comic creation. With a mind more suited to testing crash helmets, his performance fluctuates between sheer genius and downright stupidity.
'Master of mirth and minimalist magic... delightful' (Time Out).
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Since meeting at The Edinburgh Festival in 2000 Brian & Krysstal have entertained and delighted all kinds of audiences at comedy clubs, cabaret nights, festivals, corporate and private functions in locations far and wide.
Regular fixtures at The Edinburgh Festival for eight years, the duo have worked all over the UK as well as Germany, South Africa, Gozo, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Australia and of course… Peckham.
Brian is infamously grumpy and deadpan, while his assistant Krysstal is glamorous but ditzy. The combination is unique and very funny. Their timing is exquisite, their humour dry and sometimes bawdy.
'Wonderful silliness, some cute songs, some political incorrectness, some sick vomit and poo jokes and a lot of originality. It is all done with that intangible panache, subtlety and ability to laugh at one's self that is quintessential to British humour' (Peter Bleby, Australian Stage).
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"Her conversational delivery is a treat but the chatty tone conceals some surprisingly cutting routines" The Guardian
Angie McEvoy has a sweet and laid back stage persona, fused with a dry and cutting wit. She regularly performs, either as compere or performing a set in major venues around the UK, such as Highlights, Screaming Blue Murder and Jongleurs.
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