Laughter/Pain: Reprieve Comedy Night 2010

June 7, 2010

Tickets are now on sale for an unmissable evening of comedy and music in support of legal action charity Reprieve.

Top comedians will celebrate ten years of Reprieve’s vital work on death row and Guantánamo Bay in a unique stand-up show at the West End‘s Lyceum Theatre on 7th June at 7.30pm.

The stellar line up includes: Tim Minchin, Phill Jupitus, Stewart Lee, Ed Byrne, Robin Ince, Kevin Eldon, Shappi Khorsandi, Isy Suttie, Andy Zaltzman and more. Hosted by Alistair Barrie and Clive Stafford Smith.

Tickets: Ticketmaster (0844 277 4321) or in person at the Lyceum Box Office (open Tues-Sat 10-8pm, Sun 10-3, Mon 10-6)

Reprieve’s Director Clive Stafford Smith said:

“Learning to laugh in the face of adversity is important when faced with the most daunting circumstances – and these comedians help us see the silly side of the grimmest situations. This is a rare chance to see some of the smartest comics on the circuit today, performing for a great cause.”

More information: Alex Grace, Events and PR @ Reprieve 020 7353 4640/07779 614 054 alexgrace@reprieve.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Venue: The Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street,London WC2E7RQ Tel: 020 74208147 Date: Monday 7th June, 2010 Times:19.30-22.30 Price: £30/25 Tickets: 0844 277 4321 or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Reprieve-Comedy-Night-2010-tickets/artist/1041007

Reprieve is a legal action charity founded by Clive Stafford Smith in 1999. Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. We investigate, litigate and educate. Working on the frontline, we provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves, promoting the rule of law around the world, and securing each person’s right to a fair trial. In doing so, we save lives. Reprieve’s current casework involves representing 33 prisoners in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, working on behalf of prisoners facing the death penalty and conducting ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of ‘ghost prisoners’ in the so-called ‘war on terror’.

    Tim Minchin’s unique brand of multi-disciplined hilarity is raising the bar on live comedy. What sets Tim apart from his peers is his striking ability to serve up comedy through live music and song. Wildly unorthodox, brilliantly non-traditional and vividly unique, his acclaimed act not only offers quick-witted observations and rapid-fire delivery, but also the striking sound of an accomplished pianist…albeit a barefoot one.

    “He plays like an angel, sings like the rock star he always wanted to be and has a devil of a sense of humour.” (Scotsman)

    “Cleverly stupid musical comedy” (Evening Standard)

    “One of our all time favourite comics. This remarkable Aussie is a musical genius and quite unlike anyone else out there. Just go and see him” (Time Out)

    “Guaranteed to bring the house down.” (The Metro)

     Stewart Lee began stand-up at the age of 20 in 1988, winning the Hackney Empire new act of the year award in 1990. In the 90’s he contributed to various BBC Radio comedy shows, including Fist of Fun and On The Hour, with Steve Coogan and Chris Morris. Stewart directed the Mighty Boosh’s breakthrough Edinburgh show, Arctic Boosh (1999). In 2001 he was invited to help write and direct Jerry Springer The Opera. The show won four Olivier awards after its National Theatre run. Stewart’s subsequent three stand-up shows gradually built his live audience and contributed to BBC2’s decision to commission his 2009 series, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle . This was followed by a new stand-up show, If Your Prefer A Milder Comedian Please Ask For One (2009), and a new series of Comedy Vehicle is due in 2011. “One of the top three or four living stand-ups” (Time Out)
    Ed Byrne As an observational stand up Ed Byrne is unrivalled. Ed often appears as a guest on television panel shows including the BBC’s Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You. He’s also made appearances on RTE’s Ed Byrne’s Just for Laughs, the BBC’s Graham Norton’s Bigger Picture and Never mind the Buzzcocks.He has found huge success on the international circuit where he has performed to capacity audiences at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, on Just for Laughs tours across Canada.
    Kevin Eldon has written substantially for television including the Emmy award winning Smack the Pony and has also had roles in Nighty Nighty, Hot Fuzz, Black Books, Big Train and Brass Eye.
    Shappi Khorsandi is a British-Iranian comedian based in London. She was born in Tehran, but early in her life she was forced to flee Iran with her family after her satirist father was sentenced to death. A regular performer across the international comedy circuit, in 2007, she made her first trip to Australia and the Melbourne Comedy Festival with her show Asylum Speaker.
    Robin Ince’s Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People at the Hammersmith Apollo / Bloomsbury Theatre has just been broadcast on BBC4. He has written and co presented a new science show for BBC Radio 4 and has regularly appeared on Antony Gormley’s One and Another (Sky Arts) and on Newsnight Review (BBC2). Robin was a regular on Richard and Judy, Channel 4 / UKTV. He supported Ricky Gervais on the Fame tour.
    Isy Suttie is best known for playing IT geek Dobby in the latest series of Peep Show, for which she was nominated for the Best Female Newcomer at the 2008 British Comedy Awards. Isy is an established live performer with two sell out Edinburgh runs to her name. Her acclaimed debut solo show, Love Lost in the British Retail Industry highlighted her talent for songs and character comedy which was developed in her second solo show, The Suttie Show which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008.Phill Jupitus is the longest-serving member of the Never Mind the Buzzcocks team, one-time host of 6Music’s breakfast show, playwrite and performer, actor (Phill made his West End debut in May 2008 in Nick Reed’s Lifecoach) as well as football pundit for The Times. Phil also regularly appears on QI (BBC2) and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue (BBC Radio 4).
    Andy Zaltzman is a British comedian and author who largely focuses on political material. He has worked extensively with John Oliver; their work together includes Political Animal, The Department and The Bugle. Since 2004 Zaltzman has been hosting Political Animal, a stand-up show where different acts perform political themed material, at the Underbelly. He initially co-hosted with John Oliver but has hosted solo since 2006. This later transferred to BBC Radio 4.
    Alistair Barrie has performed across the world, including acclaimed appearances at both the Edinburgh and Cape Town Festivals. A regular performer with The Cutting Edge team at London’s Comedy Store, recent TV appearances include Green Wing and The World Stands Up.