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Laugh Or The Polar Bear Gets It: Josh Widdicombe, Tony Law, Danny Bhoy, Stewart Lee, Ed Byrne, Dan Antopolski, Francesca Martinez
In its third year, Laugh or the Polar Bear Gets It will not only provide you with a whale of a time, but will go a long way in supporting Friends of the Earth's mission to promote a positive relationship between people and the environment.
Some superb new acts have joined the stellar line-up at this year's event at Hammersmith Apollo including Josh Widdicombe - star of 'The Last Leg' (C4) and 'Live at the Apollo' , Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Tony Law and Danny Bhoy, as featured on The Late Show with David Letterman and 'Live at the Apollo'.
Already onboard to create another show-stopping event are Stewart Lee, Ed Byrne, Dan Antopolski and Francesca Martinez, with more exciting names to be released.
NB: Unfortunately Beardyman is unable to perform.
Tim Minchin said of last year's show: "This show's titular threat is deadly serious. If you don't come and laugh, we have an actual metaphorical polar bear and it is seriously going to get 'it'. Luckily, we are not worried, because (a) the line-up is excellent, and (b) we don't know what it's a metaphor for!"
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.
Guardian sports reporter turned ace observational comedian, Josh is one of the most in demand and highly regarded comedians in the UK for both his live stand-up and TV work. His TV credits include ten series of Channel 4' highly acclaimed 'The Last Leg' and appearances on 'Stand Up For The Week', the BBC's 'Mock The Week' and 'Live At The Apollo', as well as his self-penned sitcom 'Josh'.
'...Josh Widdicombe has the ability to find the sparkle in the mundane that puts him in line to be the next Sean Lock' - The Guardian
Josh Widdicombe was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
Josh Widdicombe tour dates
Tony is a triple Chortle award winner and was a Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award 2012 nominee. As seen on Have I Got News For You, Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and more.
'One of the finest and funniest comics on the circuit... destined for comedy stardom' (Time Out)
'Form-busting and hugely enjoyable' (The Times)
'Clever and blithely zany' (The Daily Telegraph)
'To see Tony Law is to inhale deep breaths of comedy oxygen' (The Herald)
'An ever-changing, hard-to-contain, force of nature' (The Guardian)
'A fine celebration of the absurd, full of laughs like no other... a top-notch comic who marries a powerful delivery with some deceptively ingenious material' (Chortle).
Tony Law was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
Tony Law tour dates
With his dry, ironic wit and his hilarious observations, Danny Bhoy is a sought-after talent on the comedy scene. Danny has a dark, mysterious edge which is reflected in his humour.
'Like a stand up equivalent of Bill Bryson. Charming and effortlessly funny' (The Herald)
'One of the most sparkling wits in the world' (The Montreal Gazette).
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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
The master of observational comedy, Ed's many TV appearances over the years have included hosting Live At The Apollo and being a regular panellist on Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You, as well as various other new comedy shows including Miranda Harts Christmas Unwrapped. A sucker for a quiz, particular highlights for Ed have been taking part in Celebrity Mastermind and being a contestant on Celebrity Pointless. Ed is also a regular contributor to comedy and music shows on both BBC Radio 2 and 4 and 6 Music.
“Byrne is at the top of his game” (Sunday Telegraph)
'Jokes come so fast that hecklers don't have a chance to get a word in edgeways' (The Times)
'It is rare for a comic to merit the word 'masterful' but in this case it is no
overstatement' (The Scotsman)
'A show full of top-class observational humour... A great comedian making the simple sublime, Byrne gives his audience exactly what they want' (Edinburgh Evening News).
Ed Byrne was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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Dave Award winner, triple Perrier Award nominee and BBC New Comedy award winner, Dan Antopolski is one of the fastest rising stars in comedy. With his latest Edinburgh show Silent But Deadly receiving massive praise from The Guardian, The Observer, Chortle and many more, his surreal comic mind, coupled with a mastery of the English language, is dazzling audiences across the UK.
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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’.
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