Saturday 15th August 2020
Your host is Welsh Comedian Kiri Pritchard-Mclean – a double Chortle Award winning stand up comedian, writer and satirist. Recent television appearances include Have I Got News For You, The Russell Howard Hour (which she writes on) and Stand Up Central. Kiri hosted both Stand Up at BBC Wales and Wales at the Edinburgh Fringe for the BBC where she introduces a throng of the most exciting comics in the UK. She will be in upcoming episodes of Hypothetical, Roast Battle and the Comedy Central Specials.
A regular on BBC radio, Kiri has appeared many times on The Now Show and the News Quiz. She often co-hosts on Rhod Gilbert’s radio show and guest hosted Newsjack Extra. Kiri is a writing/ directing member of Foster’s Comedy Award nominated sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop who have a third installment of their radio series in the pipeline.
Kiri is a co-creator and co-host of both the All Killa No Filla podcast and the live juggernaut Amusical. All Killa No Filla is a podcast about serial killers that has a gigantic following worldwide. Co hosted with Rachel Fairburn, the podcast’s live adaptation sold out The Leicester Square Theatre in minutes and toured the United States. Amusical is a phenomena that started in Backyard Comedy Comedy and has run monthly for just over a year. Comedians sing their favourite songs from the musicals, hosted by Kiri with Jayde Adams and house band Dave and the Quavers. In the short time since it’s conception it has sold out the Pleasance Grand in Edinburgh twice and been made into a pilot with Burning Bright for Comedy Central.
As an actress, Adefope has appeared on Together, Josh, Plebs, Rovers, Shrill and Sick Note. She has also participated as a guest on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, The Last Leg, Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain, QI. She appeared on the fourth series of the panel show Taskmaster and the 100th anniversary suffragette special of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Adefope was selected for the 2015 BBC Writersroom comedy programme.
Adefope first performed a solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015. In 2016 she was nominated for two Chortle Awards.
Rachel Fairburn is a comedian and writer from Manchester.
Now based in London, Rachel featured in Chortle’s ‘One to Watch’ list in 2020 and picked up the 2019 online content award from Joe.co.uk . She has also been a finalist of several prestigious competitions including Funny Women, City Life Comedian of the Year, the NATYS and English Comedian of the Year.
Rachel is co-host and co-writer of the worldwide smash hit podcast All Killa No Filla. With a huge international following of over a quarter of a million listeners and growing, she has taken the podcast on several sell-out UK tours and a recent tour of the USA.
She has been a staple of the Edinburgh Fringe since 2014, with 5 critically acclaimed solo shows under her belt and featured in the ‘40 jokes of the fringe’ by the Daily Telegraph in 2018. A regular on the UK stand-up circuit, Rachel is also curator and host of the wildly popular ‘Comedian’s Stories’ night at the 2Northdown comedy club in London.
“Huge presence in a pint-sized frame – ★★★★”
“Bright, brave and bitterly enjoyable – ★★★★”
“Gag-heavy, opinionated and smart – ★★★★”
Will Duggan has been performing comedy since 2009 and since then has cemented himself as a dynamic and interesting performer in comedy clubs around the country. Will mixes stories and gags with a cheerfully cynical view of the world.
In 2012 Will was nominated for the Best MC award at the Nottingham Comedy Festival as well as reaching the final of the Frog and Bucket World Series 2012, Birmingham Comedian of the Year, Preston Comedian of the year and Hull comedian of the year. He has no loyalty to geography.
As well as performing as a stand up comic Will was a performer and part of the writing team for the Fosters Award winning show FUNZ AND GAMEZ at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
David O’Doherty is the stage name of David O’Doherty: comedian, flanneur and 1990 East Leinster under 14 triple jump bronze medalist.
Then in 1998 he did his first open spot at the now defunct Norseman Comedy Club in Dublin’s unfortunate Temple Bar district. In 1999 he travelled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time and was lucky enough to win the Channel 4 So You Think You’re Funny? new act competition and with it a huge cardboard cheque with £1500 written on it. Somebody told him it was legal tender, so he took it into a bank which made the cashier almost weep with laughter. Seriously, she got the other people from round the back to come out and laugh at me. That’s the main thing he remembers about that.
He spent 2001 contemplating whether he really wanted to be a stand up comedian and cycling in France. He wrote some cartoons for German children’s television and a book that is still on his computer. He did a university stand up tour with Noel Fielding where, one night, the audience hated them so much, a man shouted, “STOP CONFUSING ME.” All in all, a tricky time.
But then in 2002 he went to Edinburgh with a new show “small things”, met comedians such as John Oliver, Bret McKenzie, Taika Cohen, Andy Zaltzman, Josie Long, Jemaine Clement and Daniel Kitson each doing wonderful and unique things, and decided that he definitely did want to be a stand up comedian.
2007 saw his first major Irish tour and a series of documentaries, The Modest Adventures of David O’Doherty on Irish television. As a part of the series he released a single, Orange which reached number 30 in the Irish charts. This was regarded as a failure as the aim had been to get it to 27. The series was directed by John Carney, who was just finishing the film Once which would go on to win the Oscar for best song. There have been several mix-ups where people thought Orange had won an Oscar. Orange has not yet won an Oscar.
2009 saw the launch of the book 100 Facts About Pandas, co-written with his friends Mike Ahern and Claudia O’Doherty. There’s a great website for it here: www.100factsaboutpandas.com . It came out in America in 2010 and was followed in 2011 by 100 Facts About Sharks. That has a good website too: www.100factsaboutsharks.com . He also appeared in a feature film A Film With Me in It with his brother Mark and Dylan Moran and did lots of comedy gigs, including his first major UK tour.
Since that time he has been appearing occasionally on UK television on shows such as QI, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Would I Lie to You. He is least famous person ever to have hosted an episode of Nevermind the Buzzcocks. He is the occasional third wheel on the 2 Episodes of Mash radio show on BBC Radio 4.
Asha Jane is a songwriter from Cardiff, who has been hailed for her versatility as an artist. In 2019 she was 1 of 10 on the funder artist development programme: Forté Project and Head of Music for Radio Platfform.
In 2020 she recieved funding from the BBC Horizons Launchpad scheme. As an active member for the collective Ladies of Rage she occasionally emcee’s. Cool achievements include featuring in seasons 1 and 2 of Netflix’s Sex Education, playing festivals such as The Great Escape, Festival of Voice, supporting Kae Tempest and once singing to Lauryn Hill (because she was too choked meeting her to talk).
Enjoy some of the best comedy and entertainment out there from the comfort of your very favourite armchair. Our comics will be streaming from their homes all over the UK.
*Please note you will only be able to buy a ticket until 5pm on the day of the performance.*
The money we raise will be split between performers and the Trussell Trust. When your livelihood disappears we don’t want to be the guys asking comedians to work for free.
You can purchase a link to the live stream or alternatively join our ‘front row’ seats where the performers will be able to see and interact with you on Zoom (make sure you have a webcam and microphone).
Finally – please be warned that strong language will be used from the beginning and this may not be suitable for children.
The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and together provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children. TT support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis, as well as support to help people resolve the crises they face. Between April 2018 and March 2019, food banks in their network provided a record 1.6 million food supplies to people in crisis, a 19% increase on the previous year.
We know it takes more than food to end hunger. That’s why we bring together the experiences of food banks in our network to challenge the structural economic issues that lock people in poverty, and campaign to end the need for food banks in the UK.
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