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Gag Reflex welcome Benji Waterstones to our corporate roster

Gag Reflex are thrilled to welcome Benji Waterstones to our roster. We will be looking after the private and corporate events for this fantastic comedian and practising NHS psychiatrist.

Benji recently returned to the NHS frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, read about his experiences in his piece for the Independent

Benji's award-winning comedy gives a fly on the padded-wall account of mental health services whilst busting some myths along the way - mainly about padded walls. Being a psychiatrist as well as a comedian makes for some very different, often dark, but very funny jokes.

Benji has won the Frog & Bucket World Series, was runner-up in Piccadilly New Act and Comedy Knights, and a finalist in So You Think You’re Funny, Leicester Square and the Magners New Act competition.

"Perfect and hilarious”
– Buzzfeed

 

Benji raises mental health awareness writing for The Guardian, The Independent, The Huffington Post and Chortle. 

"The cardigan, slouch and world-weariness of a young Jeremy Hardy”
– Chortle

 

Benji co-hosts The Moth storytelling night in London, and appears at clubs nationwide. Benji is an experienced host/MC and is regularly hosting events across the UK.

"Absolutely brilliant gags”
– Kate Copstick

 

Get in touch to discuss bringing Benji to perform at your next event

Gag Reflex look after Benji's private and Corporate engagements. Please direct all other enquiries to The Galton Agency / andy@thegaltonagency.com / 0203 696 1334

Gag Reflex welcome Benji Waterstones to our corporate roster Gag Reflex welcome Benji Waterstones to our corporate roster

News story posted on 05-05-2020 12:00

Paul Hollywood guests on Jonny Awsum show

Jonny Awsum is still producing a brand new family show during each and every day of lockdown. Not only is he homeschooling two children during the day, he's also keeping hundreds of kids entertained for free on Facebook Live with The 4 O’ Clock Club.

The show is a fantastic 25 minutes of fun, with Jonny performing his very special feel-good brand of musical comedy, responding to comments from his captivated audience, doing shout outs to his supporters, and playing games.

Each episode is available to watch back on Jonny’s Facebook page, or you can join him LIVE online each weekday at 4pm. Viewers have the option of supporting Jonny by donating to his Virtual Bucket. The show has been so popular, it even has its own t-shirt, available online from Nippaz with Attitude.

One of the items on the show is a Challenge to our very own Production Manger, Ollie, who's given a ridiculous task each day, set by a viewer. Last week one of those challenges was to bake a "show stopper" cake like those seen in hit TV show the Great British Bake Off.

Ollie had never done any baking before, and had a tough start without access to a mixing bowl or even scales. He's also stuck inside like the rest of the nation, so frequently has to make do with what he can source in his small apartment. However after completing his decorative dessert, which featured a version of the show's set made in sponge, sweets and biscuits, Jonny sent the video on to GBBO legend Paul Hollywood, who he knows from supporting him on tour, five years ago.

Paul poured praise on the pudding and called Ollie a "star baker".

Jonny told the Derby Telegraph, who picked up the story; "We've been making the Four O'Clock Club from my kitchen since the day they closed the schools.

"At first it was just an experiment to see if I could make people laugh from home rather than from the stage of a comedy club. The show's built steadily and we now have a wonderful crowd of "four o'clock rockers" - and some brilliant items we do each day. One of those items is "Challenge Ollie"; he’s has done everything from acting out the Little Mermaid, to trying to master a dance from Tik Tok.

"He'd never baked a cake before. He was texting me to say things like 'if you were a cake, how would you know if you were cooked inside?!'. But against all the odds, he pulled it off and created something quite spectacular”.

Paul Hollywood then sent a video back critiquing the cake and saying how he hoped to try it one day. Speaking on the video he sent to Jonny, the Bake Off judge said: "I've been sent a very cool video of a cake by my mate Jonny. Ollie - that cake is fantastic. I love the biscuits around the side. That sponge looks perfect. It looks delicious. Hopefully I get chance to try it one day. Well done. You're a star baker my friend."

Jonny showed the video on Friday's show.

Paul Hollywood guests on Jonny Awsum show Paul Hollywood guests on Jonny Awsum show

News story posted on 29-04-2020 14:00

Lost Voice Guy on The Big Night In

Our very own Lost Voice Guy is filming a short set, to be included on The Big Night In on BBC One. The show is a one-off fundraising special, with Comic Relief and Children In Need, and will be broadcast on BBC One on Thurs 23rd April at 7.30pm

Comic Relief and Children in Need have joined forces for the very first time, to deliver a very special night of television during these unprecedented times.

The Big Night In brings the nation an evening of unforgettable entertainment in a way we've never seen before. More importantly, it will also raise money for and pay tribute to those on the front line fighting Covid-19 and all the unsung heroes going that extra mile to support their communities.

Together (but safely distanced), Comic Relief legend Lenny Henry and Children in Need's Matt Baker will join forces with Zoe Ball and Paddy McGuinness to host a night of comedy, music and live entertainment from the studio, linking up with a multitude of stars from their houses for an unmissable night.

Expect huge treats not only from Lost Voice Guy, but also comedy legends Peter Kay and Catherine Tate and music from Gary Barlow. If you have not yet had a dance around your house, then now is the time to do so with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing leading the way. They’ll also be showing some of the greatest comedy sketches of all time, voted for by you. Viewers will be have the chance to win some incredible money-can't-buy prizes across the course of the evening.

The show will give viewers the opportunity to donate, for those who feel able to do so, to help support vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK who will be significantly impacted by the crisis.

Money raised by The Big Night In will be split equally between Comic Relief and Children in Need and will go on to support local charities and projects in the UK, so they can continue to provide vital emergency support.

There will be more demand than ever for support from local charities. This includes making sure people are safe from harm, mentally healthy and with access to food, warmth and shelter; as well as helping people stay connected, active and positive through these extraordinary times.

There are lots of ways to get involved, including donating. Your donation will help fund projects providing essential help to people in the UK, in this crisis.

#BigNightInAmarillo: Calling all Peter Kay fans! The man himself is recreating his iconic Comic Relief music video to Tony Christie’s smash hit, “(Is This The Way To) Amarillo” and in aid of the BBC’s Big Night In, Peter wants you stomping along to the original track, film yourself and tag in, to show your support for the night of fundraising, and possibly be a part of the new video.

Theres a Keep Dancing Challenge, where everyone at home learns a new dance routine with the help the Strictly dancers, uploads it to social media with the #keepdancingchallenge hashtag, and the best clips will be shown

Tune in on Thursday to see Lost Voice Guy and a plethora of stars, raise money for this great cause

Lost Voice Guy on The Big Night In Lost Voice Guy on The Big Night In

News story posted on 22-04-2020 10:00

Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You

Adam Kay has today announced a charity book of love letters to the NHS, from 100 high-profile contributors including a-listers Emilia Clarke, Peter Kay, Sir Paul McCartney, Stephen fry, Dawn French, Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Graham Norton, Sir Michael Palin, Naomie Harris, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Jason, Dame Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley, Peter Crouch, Catherine Tate, Chris O’Dowd, Johnny Vegas, Jameela Jamil, Jack Whitehall, Chris Evans, Lorraine Kelly, Lee Mack, Jonathan Ross, Konnie Huq, Greg James, Frank Skinner, Louis Theroux, Kt Tunstall, Jimmy Carr, Sandi Toksvig, Kevin Bridges and many more, share their personal stories of the NHS. Dear NHS also features an exclusive new scene from Peter Kay’s multiple BAFTA award-winning Car Share.

The book will be published in July 2020, but is available to pre-order now

Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You features 100 pieces by a stellar list of household names, sharing their personal stories of the NHS, from the heartfelt to the hilarious

All profits from the book will go to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects, and The Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children.

Adam Kay said: ‘Every single one of us owes so much to the NHS. It is our single greatest achievement as a nation, always there for us, and never more so than now. Since this project was conceived barely a week ago, I have been blown away by the number of people who have been in touch to share their amazing stories. I hope that the book, and the money it raises for charity, will in some way manage to say thank you to the heroes who are putting our lives before their own every day.

Anna Valentine, Executive Publisher of the Orion Publishing Group said: ‘In Dear NHS, 100 inspirational people come together to share their stories of how the national health service has been there for them, and changed their lives in the process. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, hopeful and impassioned, these stories together become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.5 million people who work within it. It is a privilege to be able to publish a book that gives something back to those who already give so much.’

Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You edited by Adam Kay will be published by Trapeze in hardback and ebook on 9th July 2020, priced £16.99. A minimum of £3.00 from the sale of each book will be paid to NHS Charities Together and £0.15 will be paid to The Lullaby Trust. Pre-order from your local bookshop / online today

Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You