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Stand Up Against Austerity: Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Stewart Lee, Shappi Khorsandi, Francesca Martinez, Marcus Brigstocke, Jeremy Hardy, Mark Steel, Jen Brister, Robin Ince, Kate Smurthwaite
Join in for an evening of comedy from some of the best comedians in the country. As well as an essential way to raise much needed funds for the campaign, this will be an unmissable night out!
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
This event takes place at Eventim Apollo, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Uncompromising and head-on comic who will deal with issues that are sexist or sizeist with a razor sharp wit.
'Britain's funniest female comedian in years.'
Jo Brand tour dates
Renowned for his hilarious observations and loveable, friendly delivery, Jason has been a firm favourite with comedy fans of all ages since his first solo stand-up show earned him huge critical acclaim and a nomination for the prestigious Perrier Newcomer Award back in 2005.
‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic.
'Effortlessly entertaining' (Evening Standard)
'He's blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can't manufacture' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Manford retains an affably jovial demeanour that makes him warmly enjoyable company' (Chortle)
'What Manford does best: classic, chirpy-chappie stand-up' (The Guardian).
Jason Manford tour dates
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).
Stewart Lee 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
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).
Marcus Brigstocke tour dates
Jeremy Hardy has been a stand-up comic since 1984 and will be one until he dies or wins the lottery.
Jeremy is best known for his work on Radio 4, notably on News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. In 2010, he published a book, My Family and Other Strangers, chronicling his desperate search for interesting ancestors. His television credits include Jack Dee’s Election Helpdesk (BBC2), QI (BBC1), Mock The Week (BBC2), Grumpy Old Men (BBC1), Back In The Day (BBC2), Not Tonight With John Sergeant (BBC2).
'In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material' (The Guardian).
'A comic genius' (Sandi Toksvig).
Jeremy Hardy was named in Ents24's top 10 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
Jeremy Hardy 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.
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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
This versatile comedy veteran delivers a highly improvised set which can cover a vast range of subjects and material. As seen on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz and Loose Ends.
Chortle Award Winner 2009 and Winner of the Time Out Outstanding Comedy Achievement Award.
'Robin Ince is thoughtful, provocative and very funny' (The Times)
'When someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince' (The Guardian).
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Stand-up comedian and journalist who also writes for the BBC Three political comedy show The Revolution Will Be Televised. The winner of a Three Weeks Editor's Award at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival, Kate's appealing character and articulate address intrigues her audiences as she mesmerises them with her unique observational humour.
'A powerhouse of observational wit' (The Spectator).
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