Raising The Roof: Charity Comedy Night In Aid Of Single Homeless Project

at Backyard Bar, London
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In association with Good Ship Comedy, we're delighted to bring our second all-star charity bash featuring some of the biggest names on the UK comedy scene, all in aid of the tremendous Single Homeless Project.

Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.

Featuring

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe appearing at this event

Sara is one of the most revered comedians in the UK. She has hosted 'Live at the Apollo' (BBC2) and 'Comedians Giving Lectures' (Dave), and appeared on a host of other best-loved TV shows including 'Mock the Week', 'Have I Got News for You?', 'QI', 'Would I Lie to You?' and '8 out of 10 Cats', as well as recording a stand-up special, 'Sara Pascoe Live at the BBC'. Sara’s radio series, 'Modern Monkey', aired on BBC R4 and her authored BBC short, 'Sara Pascoe vs Monogamy', was broadcast to great acclaim. Sara has enjoyed multiple sell-out UK tours and a sell-out run in London’s West End. As an actress, Sara has an impressive array of TV credits including the BAFTA nominated 'Twenty Twelve' (BBC2), 'W1A' (BBC2), 'Campus' (C4), 'The Thick of It' (BBC2) and 'Being Human' (BBC3). Sara has authored the critically acclaimed 'Animal' and the Sunday Times Best Seller 'Sex Power Money'.

See 2 tour dates featuring Sara Pascoe

Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus Brigstocke appearing at this event

Marcus began his comedy career in Bristol whilst studying drama at University and soon won the BBC New Comedian of 1996 at the Edinburgh Festival. He is now regarded as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing stand up nationally to sell out audiences both on tour and on the well trodden comedy circuit. The master of satirical comedy, Marcus has proved to be blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics. 'If you haven't seen him live, then you haven't seen him at his very best' (The Daily Mirror) 'Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it' (The Daily Telegraph).

See 4 tour dates featuring Marcus Brigstocke

Abandoman

Abandoman appearing at this event

Abandoman create hilarious musical sketches at lightning speed live in front of their audience. No two gigs are ever the same. The project sees frontman Rob and multi-instrumentalist James Hancox reinventing hip hop in a way that appeals to even its most ardent detractors. They sold out the Edinburgh Fringe for 3 weeks in a row and were winners of the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year 2010. 'Flight of the Conchords meets 8 Mile. Nothing short of genius' (www.Chortle.co.uk) 'Truly innovative' (The Guardian) 'Killer punchlines. Note-perfect, lyrically mind-blowing hip-hop improv. Genius!' (The Stage) 'A star of the future!' (Time Out) 'For the whole hour we were enthralled by a comedic mastermind at work' (Broadway Baby) 'A proper party. raucous, expansive and relentlessly hilarious' (The Times).

See 3 tour dates featuring Abandoman

Tom Allen

Tom Allen appearing at this event

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 #2 in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list.

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Laura Lexx

Laura Lexx appearing at this event

Paramount Funniest Student Runner Up 2009 and Chortle Student Comedy Awards Finalist 2009, Laura Lexx is a uniquely gleeful performer with an easy, chatty style that covers all things from the West Country to the aging process of socks. Performing mainly in London and the South, Lexx is a chirpy addition to any line up. '... the positive and personable Laura Lexx, with her delightfully funny take on things. Happy to discuss anything with the audience her distinctive style is both cheeky and charming' (Funhouse Comedy) 'One of the most delightful performers you're ever likely to see' (GQ Magazine).

See 38 tour dates featuring Laura Lexx

Athena Kugblenu

Athena Kugblenu appearing at this event

Comic, event host and writer with intelligent, thought-provoking jokes that still have an edgy sting. BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2015

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George Lewis

George Lewis appearing at this event

Winner of Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015. He made the final of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2016, when Chortle compared him to Jon Richardson, and he has also made the final of the Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year, the Leicester Square Theatre Comedian of The Yer and the Comedy Knights Comedian Of The Year. In March 2017 it was announced that George would present Top Gear spin-off Extra Gear giving him his TV debut just a couple of years after he started in stand-up.

See 2 tour dates featuring George Lewis

Josh Jones

Josh Jones appearing at this event

Born and bred in Manchester, Josh Jones is fast becoming one of the best young acts on the circuit. Josh has gone from an open spot to a regular at some of the biggest comedy clubs in the country, including the prestigious Glee Club.

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Ben Van Der Velde

Ben Van Der Velde appearing at this event

Ben Van der Velde is a stand-up comedian, actor, improviser and presenter, who, over the past few years, has spread joy and nonsense to all four corners of the British Isles, as well as Greece, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Norway. He is a regular host and act for respected British comedy clubs such as The Comedy Store, The Stand, Komedia, The Backyard, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Outside the Box, the Frog & Bucket, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Off the Kerb and The Comedy Café, as well as hosting stages for Bestival, Festival No.6 and Sunday Papers Live. He has also founded the Church of the Holy Kazoo with comedy legend Mark Thomas, walked the entire London Underground network to raise money for The Refugee Council and even took part in experiments at The Royal Society that revealed him to have the most infectious laugh of any human, rat or monkey. Ben is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival, where he has performed four critically-acclaimed shows: Chain Letter, Strudelhead, Barbarians and Sidekick. In 2016 his most recent show received 5 and 4 star reviews, whilst several of jokes made it into lists of ‘Best Joke at the Fringe’ compiled by The Scotsman, i-News and The Huffington Post. Ben has amassed a few residencies as an MC; most notably at Really Lovely Comedy and the legendary Free Beer Show, where he has featured alongside acts such as Omid Djalili, Reginald D. Hunter, Sarah Millican, Jim Jefferies and Andrew Maxwell . Ben is currently helmsman of the Chortle Award-winning Good Ship Comedy Club in Camden Town, where he can be seen spinning webs of nonsense and good humour every Monday from 8pm. (www.goodshipcomedy.com) “A sharp and crafty gagsmith, with wittily obtuse takes on…an impressively wide range of topics…bringing flair and confidence to them all.” Steve Bennett, Chortle “Highly promising…an accomplished comic.” Time Out “Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine “The perfect comedy club host – he is a master of audience interaction. The audience weren’t just warmed up, but pretty hysterical even before the first act of the night hit the stage.” Huffington Post “On flights of fancy, he pushes ideas to extremes and displays a crackling, spontaneous energy in which we’re swept up.” Fest

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Backyard Bar

  • 231 Cambridge Heath Road
  • Bethnal Green
  • London
  • E2 0EL

Website:
backyardbar.co.uk