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Give It Up For Comic Relief: Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Noel Fielding, Simon Amstell, Jason Manford, Jimmy Carr, Doc Brown, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, Emeli Sandé, Jessie J, Paloma Faith, Nicole Scherzinger, Rizzle Kicks, Jake Bugg
Enjoy an evening of comedy and live music, all in aid of Comic Relief.
'Give It Up for Comic Relief' is an extraordinary concert produced by Live Nation, featuring top music acts including: Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Emeli Sande and Nicole Scherzinger.
The night will also include comedy acts Simon Amstell, Frankie Boyle, Russell Brand, Doc Brown, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, Eddie Izzard, Jason Manford, with other acts due to be announced in the lead up to the concert.
The “Give It Up for Comic Relief” gig will be on BBC Three, with backstage coverage hosted by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 and a highlights package broadcasted on BBC One.
Kevin Cahill, CEO at Comic Relief says: "Comic Relief has funded work tackling substance abuse for many years. We were thrilled when Russell Brand offered to highlight the issue and raise funds to help tackle the problem. It's a perfect use of his celebrity profile to front the Give It Up for Comic Relief gig and work behind the scenes to put it all together. He has played a blinder."
Money raised from ticket sales as part of “Give It Up for Comic Relief” will go to help support people affected by drug and alcohol addiction.
Keep in touch with 'Give It Up for Comic Relief' and all of Comic Relief's fundraising efforts at www.rednoseday.com/giveitup
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
This event takes place at The SSE Arena, Wembley, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Since rising to fame in 2003, Russell Brand has established himself as one of one of the world’s most celebrated stand-up comedians. His acclaimed tours include 2006’s Shame, 2007’s Only Joking, 2009’s Scandalous (which marked his US live debut) and 2013’s critically acclaimed and hugely successful Messiah Complex, which was also a best-selling DVD.
Aside from stand-up, Russell is also a phenomenally successful broadcaster, actor, author, podcaster, columnist, political commentator as well as a mental health and drug rehabilitation activist.
Russell Brand tour dates
Ebullient, unpredictable and sincere comic who is just as likely to play a village hall in Scotland as a mainstream venue, 'cos he can! He has been hailed as one of the foremost stand-ups of his generation, taking ideas and situations and extrapolating them into bizarre, tangential, absurd and surreal comic narratives. Eddie's musings have earned him countless awards including two Emmy's. Whilst initially renowned as a comic, Eddie is equally respected as a film, theatre and TV actor as well.
Eddie Izzard tour dates
It was back in the late '90s when, alongside Julian Barratt, Noel brought to life Howard Moon and Vince Noir in the upstairs room of a North London pub. The Mighty Boosh made their Edinburgh Festival debut in 1998 winning the coveted Perrier Award for Best Newcomer.
Despite his huge success as one half of The Mighty Boosh, 'the funniest comedy double act in Britain' (NME), Noel has continually worked on his solo projects. In January 2012 the first series of his kaleidoscopic character comedy
show Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy aired on E4. Half live action, half animated, the series introduced us to some brand new characters including, among others, New York cop Sergeant Raymond Boombox, modern day Don Quixote Fantasy Man and Roy Circles, an anthropomorphic chocolate finger with shell shock.
Noel's additional television credits include The IT Crowd and Nathan Barley as
well as appearances in Doll And Em, How Not to Live Your Life, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Surrealissimo: The Trial of Salvador Dali. He also co-presented Comic Relief Does Top Of The Pops alongside Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates and has appeared as guest team captain on The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year. Having first appeared as a panellist on the show, Noel has also been a team captain on the last four series of the long running music show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
'A comedy wunderkind' (The Telegraph)
'A Gothic George Best' (Phill Jupitus).
Noel Fielding tour dates
Former C4 Popworld presenter, host of The Morning After Show and Mardi Gras comedy competition finalist.
Simon has won an RTS Award for his work on Never Mind The Buzzcocks as well as a Broadcast Award, two British Comedy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA in 2008 which was the year that he left Never Mind The Buzzcocks to concentrate on his live stand-up shows across the country.
'Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until it seems utterly ridiculous. Highly literate... an endearing mixture of offhanded candour and sharp wit. Such ease and understatement makes him very good company' (The New York Times)
'Existential questions with belly laughs...Comedy is rarely as smart or adventurous as this' (Chortle)
Simon Amstell 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
Over the past 10 years, Jimmy has deservedly earned his place amongst the very best of British comics. As well as hosting 14 series of 8 Out Of 10 Cats and starring in 10 O’Clock Live, Jimmy is a regular on all the top TV comedy shows.
Often referred to as ‘the hardest working man in comedy’, Jimmy has so far performed his live stand-up tour shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents and his DVDs have sold more than 1.2 million copies. His stand-up achievements to date include a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand Up Tour, a Loaded LAFTA Award for Best Stand-Up and a Perrier Award nomination.
'A comedy hero for our times' (The Guardian)
'Jimmy Carr is a world-class comedian...I envy his brilliance with words' (The Independent).
Jimmy Carr was named in Ents24's top 5 hardest-working comedians 2017.
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Mark Ronson's former MC, Doc Brown is the younger brother of best selling author Zadie Smith. The rapper turned to stand-up in 2007 and was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny new act competition.
He was placed third in the English Comedian Of The Year competition. Brown has featured in the BBC Radio 4 show Do You Know What You Are Saying?
'A seamless mix of truly inspired hip-hop and stand-up. He's a total star... an utter joy' (Time Out)
'Sharp punchlines, imaginative devices and knows more than a thing or two about timing' (Metro).
In 2016 he decided to go back to his hiphop roots.
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A glorious synth-tinged melting pot of indie rock that will caress the eardrums. Formed in Leicester while still at school, they took their name from Linda Kasabian, one of the members of the Charles Manson cult. Their electronica-indie rock fusion akin to Primal Scream combined with the rough vocal style and unrepentant Mancunian swagger of Oasis has firmly established them as more than just a flash in the pan and injected a large dose of energy back into the Brit-rock scene.
Kasabian tour dates
Needing no introduction, Noel is best known as the guitarist, occasional singer and songwriting backbone of Oasis. Since Oasis split, Noel has carved out a successful solo career under the guise of the High Flying Birds, taking the name from the song 'High Flying Bird' by Jefferson Airplane and as a homage to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.
Noel released a highly successful debut eponymous album in 2011 which became the second biggest-selling rock album of that year in the UK, just behind Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto'. Several critics felt it was his best work since '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' His second release, 'Chasing Yesterday' in 2015, reached no.1 on the UK album chart and the success story contined with 2017's 3rd album 'Who Built The Moon?', also reaching no.1.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds tour dates
A soul singer, songwriter, and pianist from Aberdeen whose treacle on gravel voice has made her hotly sought after as a collaborator by such artists as Chipmunk and Wiley. Smart, sussed, talented, entrepreneurial, shiningly engaging in the flesh, utterly transfixing on stage and unforgettable in her words and melodies, Emeli Sande is the epitome of the brilliant modern artist.
Emeli Sandé tour dates
Essex-born songwriter Jessie J has penned tunes for the likes of Alicia Keyes, toured with Chris Brown and notably wrote Miley Cyrus's Number One billboard smash 'Party In The USA!' Jessie kicked off her solo career with “Price Tag”, the anti-materialistic anthem of its year, and an album that sold in its millions going platinum several times over. But that was just the beginning of a journey that would see Jessie become the first British woman in history to take six top ten singles from one album and never mind that it was her first outing.
While her multi-octave voice and self-made attitude has earned Jessie J the respect of music's glitterati; from Kylie to Justin Timberlake commenting 'Who is the best singer? Jessie J!', to Cyndi Lauper pulling her on stage at Shepherds Bush to sing her legendary anthem 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' alongside her.
Jessie J tour dates
London-based alt-soul songstress with a heart-melting vocal presence and a Billie Holiday influence. The Hackney-born singer draws on diverse influences from her colourful past, including working as a magicians assistant, actress, burlesque performer and trained contemporary dancer, and uses unconventional theatricals and props to make her stage shows original, engaging and magical.
Paloma Faith tour dates
American singer, songwriter, dancer and occasional actress who is best known as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. Since fronting one of the world's most famous female collectives, Nicole Scherzinger has not only firmly established herself as a solo artist, but she has gone on to become a TV personality as a judge on the American X Factor.
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Harley Alexander-Sule and Jordan Stephens are two of the most exciting young talents to emerge in recent years, serving up a tasty mix of pop and hip hop incorporating the fun elements of the old school hip-hop era circa 1988-92. With over 1 million singles sold, plus platinum and gold albums, the guys continue to get their kicks.
Rizzle Kicks tour dates
Jake Bugg's incredible ascent began in 2012 when his self-titled debut album entered the UK charts at number one (aged 18, making him the youngest British male artist ever to achieve this), going on to sell double platinum and get shortlisted for the UK Mercury Music Prize.
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