Choose Laughs, in aid of Help Refugees

Monday 29 April

Backyard Comedy Club

Tim Key, Ellie Taylor, Jessie Cave, Angelos Epithemiou & more


19:30 – 22:30
Backyard Comedy Club231 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 0EL
A night of comedy for the spectacular charity: Help Refugees.

Help Refugees is not simply another aid organisation. It's a group of everyday people, taking joint action to improve the lives of refugees throughout the world. In less than three years, it has become the biggest facilitator of grassroots aid in Europe, with more than 80 projects across the continent and the Middle East.

Our spectacular line-up includes:

TIM KEY
Poet, Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, star of Taskmaster, Peep Show, Detectorists, Inside No. 9, Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe and more - not to mention his role as 'Sidekick Simon' in This Time With Alan Partridge, Mid Morning Matters and Alpha Papa - Tim Key is swiftly becoming a national treasure of British comedy.
"He is a genius, plain and simple" - Time Out
"Flabbergastingly funny ... I have never enjoyed myself in a comedy show more" - The Times
"Key has a style all of his own, and he's in thrilling command of it" - The Guardian

ELLIE TAYLOR
Comedian, actor and self-professed "Steve Tyler lookalike", Ellie is star of BBC Two's The Mash Report and ITV2's Plebs, having previously appeared on QI, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo and Would I Lie To You?
"Charismatic, personable and bright" - Chortle
"Radiates natural charisma ... blessed with great flair" - The Guardian
"Snappy, relatable and downright funny" - Broadway Baby

ANGELOS EPITHEMIOU
Award-winning burger van owner, host of "soon-to-be-award-winning podcast", The Angelos and Barry Show, and former Shooting Stars regular, Angelos is the comic brainchild of Dan Skinner, star of High Rise, House of Fools and Tracey Ullman's Show.
"A puerile delight" - The Guardian
"A ramshackle hour of quirky laughs" - Evening Standard
"Delightful oddball musings" - Time Out

JESSIE CAVE
Previously best known for playing Lavender Brown in Harry Potter, more recently starring in Trollied, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Black Mirror, plus her Edinburgh Festival sell-out smash, Sunrise. She is also a legendary illustrator with her own line of greeting cards, and a book of doodles "about love and rejection and pining", Love Sick, published in 2015.
"A twisted indie romcom in standup form" - The Guardian
"Wonderfully comedic ... whimsical ... hugely enjoyable" - Evening Standard
"Unstoppably amusing as well as compellingly complex" - The Times

SPENCER JONES
Creator of CBBC's Big Babies, a regular on Shakespearian sitcom, Upstart Crow, and the warped mind behind his on-stage alter ego, The Herbert - "a grinning cockney prat." Nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2017, he is also the lead actor in BBC sitcom, Mister Winner, out later this year.
"The nicest, funniest, silliest, most heart-warming hour you can have" - The Scotsman
"Brilliantly creative prop work ... could single-handedly give prop comedy a good name following a generation of hacks" - Chortle
"Gleefully madcap comedy" - The Guardian

TEZ ILYAS
Mischevious and engaging, Tez tackles comedy with both intelligence and flair. A star of BBC Three's Man Like Mobeen and creator/host of BBC Radio Four's Tez Talks, he has also written and starred in his own scripted comedy shorts for the BBC and Sky Arts.
"Sartorially stylish and winningly cheeky" - Chortle
“Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up, though his most prized asset could yet be his bold, subversive streak” - The Guardian
"Tez's political stand-up is candyfloss with a razorblade inside: sweet and familiar at first, then shockingly, painfully sharp" - The Telegraph

BRETT GOLDSTEIN
Stand-up's answer to Mark Kermode, Brett Goldstein is creator and host of the Films To Be Buried With. He also wrote and starred in SuperBob, and previously co-starred in Derek, Uncle, Drifters and Doctor Who.
"A performance dynamo, with punchily amusing material to match" - Chortle
"Actual jokes built on a nicely skewed sense of humour" - The Stage
"An unquestionably gifted stand-up" - The Scotsman

TWAYNA MAYNE
Lauded as "a black female Jack Dee", Twayna pairs her signature downbeat style with deliciously honest material. She was a Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee in 2016, and was among the runners up for the prestigious New Acts of the Year Show (NATYS) award in 2014.
"Superb deadpan wit" - Time Out
"A stand-out act with bags of potential" - The Stage
"A delightfully downbeat stand up" - Chortle

ABIGOLIAH SCHAMAUN (MC)
An ex-New Yorker/yogi living in London, Abigoliah Schamaun is, by her own admission, "frank, funny, and unapologetic." Named among The List's 'Top 5 Up and Coming Female Comedians', she was nominated for the Malcom Hardee Cunning Stunt Award in 2016, having purchased a vast amount of advertising space, then plastering it with critic-baiting fake reviews.
"A foul-mouthed sweetheart, aggressively feminine, endearingly butch and curiously disturbed" - The Skinny
"Her cheeky honesty is completely disarming and delightful" - Chortle
"Sassy stories delivered with attitude" - The Wee Review

Line-up is subject to availability. We reserve the right to add, withdraw or substitute acts at any time and if there is a change of act (headline act or supporting act), sadly no refunds are due.

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