“Why should someone who lives on the streets not dream of being a filmmaker or musician? Just because someone lives in a refugee camp does not mean they cease to be creative and artistic human beings. If anything it is the opposite. And for that reason alone I love this project” – Mark Thomas, WAYout patron

Some of the greatest minds in comedy are coming together on Friday 4th November for a special benefit at the Bloomsbury Theatre to help raise money to fund an arts centre in Sierra Leone. Hosted by Mark Thomas himself, he will be joined by the brilliant likes of Mark Steel, Josie Long, Isy Suttie and John Hegley… it truly will be a night not to be missed!

COMEDY BENEFIT for SALONE ARTS CENTRE

VENUE: Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AH
DATE: Fri 4th November
TIME: 7:30pm
TICKETS: £17.50
BOX OFFICE: 020 7388 8822 / Website

MARK THOMAS

Mark has become one of Britain’s most acclaimed comics as well as one of its most recognised and influential activists.After 25 years of performing, six series of the Mark Thomas Product and Mark Thomas Comedy Product with Channel 4, numerous documentaries, four books published by Ebury Press, radio programmes, changing the law on tax, secretly filming torturers, stinging arms dealers with school children, exposing abuses of civil liberties and corporate skulduggery, writing for the New Statesman and the Guardian, Mark has finally conceded that he might have a career yet. Mark’s new book, Extreme Rambling-Walking the Wall is available to buy via Ebury Publishing.

ISY SUTTIE

Best known for playing the IT geek Dobby in Peep Show, for which she was nominated for the Best Female Newcomer at the 2008 British Comedy Awards, Isy has also appeared in The Incredible Will and Greg (Channel 4), Comedy Cuts (ITV2), Love Soup (BBC One) and Cornershop (BBC North). Her BBC radio credits include Laurence & Gus: Hearts & Minds, Out to Lunch, Danny Robins Music Therapy, The Milk Run, The Now Show, The Mitch Benn Music Show, 28 Acts in 28 Minutes and The Dom Joly Show. Isy is also a talented writer, currently working as a comedy consultant for the hit Channel 4 show Skins. An established live performer with two sell out Edinburgh runs to her name, Isy’s acclaimed debut solo show, Love Lost in the British Retail Industry highlighted her talent for songs and character comedy. Following her success in Edinburgh, Isy joined the Paramount Comedy Edinburgh & Beyond Tour, appearing in theatres throughout the country.

JOHN HEGLEY

John’s first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoe shop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting The Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio. He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchiefs and the misery of human existence. He is an occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, using drawing, poetry and gesture. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire, and once performed in a women’s prison in Columbia.

JOSIE LONG

Josie has appeared at various international comedy festivals from Melbourne to Montreal, toured 4 solo shows nationwide, sold out shows in LA and New York, and has numerous TV credits to her name; The Bubble (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats(Channel 4), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2) and You Have Been Watching (Channel 4). Her second solo show Trying is Good was released on DVD in 2008, her 2009 show All of the Planets Wonders (Shown in Detail) became a Radio 4 series, and her last two Edinburgh shows were both nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. Josie has also written for and appeared in Channel 4’s esteemed teen comedy-drama “Skins”.

MARK STEEL

Mark’s highly acclaimed, Sony Award winning and Writers Guild Award winning Radio 4 comedy show Mark Steel’s In Town is soon to tour, and the writer and stand-up comedian has also presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz. He’s written several, acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent.

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