Wed 11th Sep at 7:30pm
@ Bloomsbury Theatre, London
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Resofit: Stewart Lee, Shazia Mirza, Robert Newman, Lewis Schaffer, Rosie Wilby, Baconface
Resofit is a fundraising gala comedy night for Resonance 104.4FM - "the best radio station in London" (The Guardian), the bill being organised by Stewart Lee.
Three times winner of the Radio Academy’s Nations and Regions Award and in its 11th year of broadcasting, Resonance is a not-for-profit station which needs to raise cash to maintain its extraordinary 24/7 service.
All proceeds from Resofit will allow Resonance to continue "operating in an enchanted realm of total creative freedom far beyond the ever-encroaching demographic and corporate timidities of either the BBC or commercial radio" (The Observer).
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Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
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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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, The Now Show, Last Comic Standing on NBC and CBS’s 60 Minutes.
A practising Muslim, Shazia is known for her deadpan delivery on her observations of her religious world. She headlines all over the world and has performed solo tours in the US, Sweden, Denmark, France, India, Holland and Germany.
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)
'The Lenny Bruce of female stand-up' (Metro).
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Once Rob, now Robert, Newman found fame as a member of the show that spawned a thousand catchphrases; The Mary Whitehouse Experience, and went stratospheric in the early '90s as one half of Newman and Baddiel, becoming the first comedy act to sell-out Wembley Arena. He also wrote for the BBC radio classic 'Week Ending' along with a host of contributors who included Ged Parsons, Oleg Stepaniuk, Nick and Roger Saunders, Michael Dines and Bob and Barbara Boulton. Having parted company with Baddiel, Newman now combines writing novels, campaigning against globalisation and performing some of the most informed and incisive political comedy.
'He is the funniest comedian I have ever seen. A passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian' (The Sunday Times)
'I am completely in awe of Robert Newman. Of his talent, his passion, his intelligence, and the way he turns them to comedy with real firepower. If this world could be saved by a Superhero whose Superpower was Comedy, that hero would be Robert Newman' (The Scotsman)
'You see that chink of gleaming light in the dark, overcast sky? That's you that is' (The Daily Telegraph).
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Lewis Schaffer was the house compere of the Comedy Cellar and the Boston Comedy Club in New York. In London, Lewis Schaffer has the longest-running residency at the prestigious Leicester Square Theatre; he is the regular MC of Peter Cook's Establishment Club; and is the star of Nunhead American Radio on Resonance FM London.
'A bloody good laugh.' (Time Out London) The New York comic now hostage in London.
'He can insult you and love you in the same sentence' (Time Out New York).
'An hour with Lewis Schaffer is an hilarious, cathartic, exhilaratingly appalling experience' (The Scotsman)
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Former singer / songwriter who, prompted by friends and fans who often found themselves in fits of giggles at her silly in between song banter, entered Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny and found herself in the semi finals at Edinburgh Fringe in Summer 2004. Rosie made the switch to comedy in 2005.
'A whole host of laughs' (http://www.one4review.co.uk)
'utterly charming' (Buzz)
'you will fall for Wilby's show no matter where you sit on the Kinsey scale' (Scotsgay).
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