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Thu 17th Oct at 7:30pm
Joking For Justice
@ Leicester Square Theatre, London
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Joking For Justice: Arthur Smith, Ava Vidal, Kevin Eldon, Holly Walsh, Sara Pascoe, Catie Wilkins, Ria Lina, Daniel Simonsen, Amadeus Martin, David Morgan
Joking for Justice, the World Development Movement's annual comedy night, returns for a fourth year.
Expect a night of satire, musical comedy and good old fashioned silliness all in aid of the World Development Movement's campaigning work to win justice for the world's poor.
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Comedian, compere and playwright. This grumpy old man per excellence presents the BBC Radio 4 show 'Excess Baggage' and has written four plays including 'An Evening With Gary Lineker' and 'Live Bed Show'.
His stand-up topics range from vigorous yodelling to mediaeval literature via death by drink. His delivery is relaxed and sardonic, but his shows are a surprising, dark and witty treat.
He's also one of the many 'Grumpy Old Men' that appear on BBC 2's hit show.
'The funniest and most honest comic of his generation' (The List).
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Ava's always felt out of place: at public school, as a prison officer and a struggling teenage single mum. Luckily, the 'rising star' (Guardian) of C4's Kings Of Comedy and BBC2's The Sack Race can laugh at her misfortunes.
'Funny, witty and engaging, this is a comedian worth watching' (Three Weeks)
'Confident, commanding, yet low-key, she exudes a cool authority' (Chortle)
'Well-structured, well written and skilfully delivered' (The Scotsman)
'Stand-up with a harsh, dark edge, a refreshing change from all the feelgood cr*p' (Melbourne Age).
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Top drawer comic whose appearances on 'Big Train' and 'Brass Eye' have earned him high acclaim. Eldon is in and out of character, doing stand-up, poetry and singing songs.
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Guildford's own Holly Walsh has many a string to her bow, being a finalist in 2006's So You Think You're Funny? and Funny Women contests, as well as presenting for CBBC. A brilliant purveyor of one-line gags and witty puns.
'She's gifted with snappy wit and crackling talent' (The Guardian)
'She peppers her set with callbacks and clever asides and has easy charm' (The Independent)
'Holly Walsh really impressed... excellent sets and endeared herself through
some assured banter with crowds who really took to her' (British Comedy Guide)
'A talent for smart comic writing and the ability to keep an audience rapt' (The Observer)
'Her steady stream of witty and astute cultural observations belie her dorkiness from the first' (Chortle).
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Sara Pascoe is a British writer, stand-up comedian and actress. She has appeared in a number of television programmes - Campus, Live At The Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week among others - as well as an all-female sketch show and her own Edinburgh show, and runs comedy club The House Of Mirth.
Sara's stand-up is influenced by her joint favourite heroes, Jodie Marsh and Winston Churchill.
'Always intelligent and occasionally exquisite' (The Independent)
'Pascoe uses erudite references as just one strand of an offbeat worldview, offset by moments of gloriously deliberate dumbness and delivered with nothing less than full-megawatt charisma' (The Guardian)
'... defiantly idiosyncratic and highly accessible' (Evening Standard).
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Wonderfully refreshing and brilliant!
Top 10 comedians to watch in 2011 - Dave TV.
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Once described as a Filipina Sarah Silverman... She intermingles her refreshingly funny songs with a dry wit ... Winner of the London Comedy Festival New Comedian Of The Year 2002 and the EMMA Best Comedian Award 2003.
'Lina is a musical comic with a brilliant line in bawdy songs... storming set!' (Evening Standard)
'I have no doubt she will hold her own so easily that she'll have a hand free to hold
someone else's too' (The Guardian)
'engaging, endearing and eye-opening' (Time Out)
'There isn't a comedy venue in the country that shouldn't be fighting for her' (The Scotsman)
'... slickly done - the girl's got talent' (Chortle).
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UK-based Norwegian comedian 'with a more-than-agreeable line in weird observations' (Chortle).
Daniel is a Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer winner and star of Vic Reeves' and Bob Mortimer's House of Fools (BBC 2)
'Exquisitely crafted gags and out-and-out surrealism, at its best like a fusion of Emo Philips and Vic and Bob' (The Guardian)
'You knew he was funny before he even opened his mouth' (Scotsman)
'No doubt that Simonsen has proven himself a talent to keep an eye on' (Time Out)
'An outstanding comedian' (Fringe Guru).
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Beginning his career with the sketch group Bachman Turner Improvise in 2005, David Morgan has become a regular compere on the circuit. His debut show Triple Threat was nominated for best new show at the 2011 Leicester Comedy Festival.
'Immensely likeable stage presence, a smart neat turn of phrase' (The Scotsman)
'Boundless energy and enthusiasm. Highly entertaining' (Gay Times).
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Venue: Leicester Square Theatre
Phone: 08448 733433
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→ Charing Cross 8 min walk
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