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Facilitators of Mirth

Christchurch Fundraiser for Victim Support, New Zealand

A huge charity event has been scheduled for the 29th April, which will see a fantastic bill of comedians coming together to raise money for victims from the recent atrocities in New Zealand. London’s Hackney Empire will host a spectacular night of entertainment, with a line-up of some of comedy’s biggest names, including Muslim and New Zealand acts, raising funds for Victim Support, New Zealand. 

Following the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, UK based stand-up comedians, Jarred Christmas (from Christchurch) and Tez Ilyas (British Muslim), came together to discuss what they could do to help. How do you stand-up to such hate? By inclusion, by unity, by bringing people together and by celebrating happiness. 

Hosted by award-winning Kiwi compere Jarred Christmas, the line-up includes: Tez Ilyas, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Guz Khan, Mo Gilligan, Omid Djalili, Al Murray, Shazia Mirza, Al Pitcher, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Nabil Abdulrashid, Matt Stellingwerf and Javier Jarquin. There will also be a performance from London Maori group Ngāti Rānana. 

I am heartbroken by what has happened in Christchurch, my hometown. The only thing I’m good at is comedy and calling friends, so I called my incredible comedy friends and they answered. Their response has humbled me. So this is what we can do. An amazing night of comedy to let the world know that we are all better than this.” Jarred Christmas

LAUGH IN THE FACE OF HATE - Monday 29 April 2019, 7.30PM Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ. Ticket sales go live 10AM GMT on Monday 25 March 2019, £25 from the Hackney Empire / 020 8985 2424

All proceeds to Victim Support NZ, supporting the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

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News story posted on 21-03-2019 17:00

Edinburgh Fringe 2019: Next three shows now ON SALE

Our next Edinburgh Festival Fringe announcements are very exciting indeed.


Following his smash hit appearence on NBC's 'America's Got Talent: The Champions', award winning illusionist, and the hardest working man in showbiz, Colin Cloud returns to the Pleasance Grand with his brand new show 'Sinful'.

Colin will charm the demons in your head, and reveal whether you are saint or sinner. He’ll listen to those whispering voices that tempt you to defy the better angels of your nature. With special guest Chloé Crawford, Colin will reveal why it’s so much more fun to ask for forgiveness than permission, and why enough is never enough.

Secure your tickets today to see this incredible act, from the 31st July to the 26th Aug, at 8pm

Isma Almas's son is adopted; in her new show "About a Buoy" she explores the realities of transracial adoption, taking in the scenic routes of gender, religion, sexuality, race, one homophobic Muslim mother and Freddie Mercury.

Isma is British multi-culturalism at its best: Bradford-born and a childhood split between Pakistan and Yorkshire. Isma’s comedy is fused by her unique take on life as a British Muslim woman.

Book your tickets to see this fantastic comedian, performing from the 31st July to the 26th Aug, at 2.45pm.

Award-winning comedian Juliette Burton is a contradiction: introverted extrovert, city-loving country-girl, happy and sad. Why must she choose one or the other? Why can’t we be everything all at once? Sold at out Edfringe every year since 2015.

Comedian and writer Burton has won the Argus Angel Award (Brighton Fringe), Spirit Of The Fringe Award (Bedfringe) and Voice Mag’s Pick Of The Fringe Award (Edinburgh Fringe). Juliette returns to the Gilded Balloon at 5.30pm each day, from the 31st Juy to the 25th August, with tickets available here.

More shows on sale soon! Keep an eye on our Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 page to keep completely up to date

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News story posted on 21-03-2019 11:00

'Up For It' on BBC Scotland

In BBC Scotland's brand new show ‘Up For It’, presenters Rosco McClelland, Ashley Storrie and Christopher Macarthur-Boyd set each other challenges, with hilarious results.

The show started this week on the BBC’s new channel, and was warmly received. In Episode One the trio challenged each other to cook the most disgusting dishes in ‘Ready Steady Puke’. With the world going to rack and ruin, the trio were also seen to prepare for the final apocalypse, by testing their survival skills in an Escape Room – could they solve the clues and escape within the hour? Find out by catching up on iplayer here.

In Episode Two, which is on next Thursday at 2305, Rosco, Ashley and Chris look at our social media world of self-help and tips for life, and hone their combined experiences in “A Guide to Going Out” revealing the pitfalls and tricks to ensure a successful night out. They are also challenged to each paint a portrait. With titles like Men United, Traitor, and Kate The Dog will these masterpieces ignite the auction stand when Bargain Hunt’s Natasha Raskin Sharp puts them under the hammer?

As part of their BBC Scotland takeover, the trio also have weather presenter Judith Ralston to show them the basics before having a go themselves, challenge their gag reflex muscles when they sit down to taste a Durian fruit, and tackle the dangers and etiquette on the internet with “A Guide To Going Online”.

Twice nominated Best Newcomer at Scottish Comedy Awards, and winner of Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2016, Rosco McClelland's gravelly and animated onstage presence has continues to impress audiencess. His naturally humorous delivery and surreal observations make a remarkable performance. His is frequently compared to fellow Glaswegian Billy Connolly, due to his fragmented story teller style, and ofcourse, his compelling rhythmic melodic voice. 

The show is a whole heap of fun, and showcases three awesome young Scottish Comedians, don’t miss future episodes, or catch up on what you’ve missed so far, here

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News story posted on 08-03-2019 16:00

Extra show added - Massaoke at EdFringe

Due to phenomenal demand, an extra show has been added to Massaoke's extremely limited Edinburgh Fringe run this summer!

Massaoke is the live band, singalong sensation thats sweeping the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to the Edinburgh Fringe.. This is your chance to sing along with the fantastic and versatile Massaoke band, guided by giant video lyrics, as they raise the curtains on all your favourite show tunes including MAMMA MIA!, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, GREASE, FROZEN, LES MIS, PHANTOM, MARY POPPINS and many more…

The first 100 guests to purchase tickets recieve £5 off! GO GO GO

Book your tickets to see Massaoke on these very special dates; Fri 16th at 8pm and Sat 17th Aug at 2.30pm and 8pm (show duration is 90 minutes)