Christmas is a time for giving. Normally for us that means sending W H Smith vouchers to our cousin that we despise. But this year we are doing things a bit differently.
Laugh Out London will celebrate the season of goodwill to all men (and women, you sexist) by hosting our own fundraiser spectacular for the wonderful people at Shelter, the national housing charity. The event is part of Heroes – Grotto of Comedy, a festive celebration of independent comedy held in a once lavish hang out near Liverpool Street that has lain empty for four years.
Shelter helps support thousands of homeless individuals and those in desperate need of housing advice every year free of charge. They can only do so with support they receive from the public, and in the current climate they need your support more than ever.
To help us give something back we have assembled a Christmas feast of top comedians in what must be our best line-up so far.
Date: Monday December 15, 2014
Venue: Heroes: Grotto of Comedy, 27 Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2AQ (nearest station Liverpool Street/Bank, 5 min walk)
Start: 8pm (We cannot guarantee entry after 8pm so please turn up on time)
SOLD OUT – NO TICKETS ON THE DOOR
‘Marvellously funny: mordant, thoughtful and crafted.’ – The Observer
“There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that in the last couple of years, Stewart Lee has gone completely mad.”- The Guardian
The League Against Tedium
Simon Munnery’s cult character makes a very rare live appearance. Appearing in the Perrier award nominated Club Zarathustra, the League Against Tedium had his own Radio 1 series and fronted 2001’s Attention Scum for BBC 2 which was nominated for the fabled Golden Rose of Montreux.
“He’s nothing less than a genius” – The Guardian
“stand-up routines atop a transit van” -Wikipedia
BEST NEWCOMER – Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards
Part of Vic and Bob’s House of Fools on BBC1
The UK’s best sketch group have already racked up two Edinburgh Comedy Award nominations and have starred in two series of their own sitcom Badults on BBC 3.
“One of the finest sketch troupes of the last decade” ★★★★★ – Guardian
“The funniest thing I’ve seen this Edinburgh” ★★★★★ – Telegraph
“looking for somewhere to eat out of town then PAPPY’s is the answer” -MiniBarGlasgow,Tripadvisor
A rising star fresh from a Best Show nomination at the Edinburgh Comedy Award Sara has a growing reputation as an amazing comic who isn’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects and make an audience ask genuine questions.
“the devotion she inspires in her audience will be lifelong” ★★★★ – The Guardian
“I love her accent. What is her accent specifically? ” -Kris,Youtube
Your MC… Nish Kumar
One of the sharpest minds on the circuit as seen on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience.
“an over-thinking insecure insomniac with delusions of genius”- ★★★★★ Time Out, 2014
“Nish Kumar is a comedian”- Time Out, 2013
This event is part of…
Heroes – Grotto of Comedy
A festive celebration of independent comedy
This December a number of London’s most interesting comedy promoters are turning an abandoned building into a special pop-up venue – Heroes: Grotto of Comedy will take over Throgmortons, a once lavish City of London hang out that has lain empty for four years. By promoting one-off, high concept innovative shows – with strictly no Works Parties allowed – we are quite literally reclaiming Christmas Comedy from under corporate noses.
Weirdo’s Alternative Pantomime – in aid of Great Ormond St Hospital
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
ACMS Arthur Smith
Bob Slayer as Santa
Santa’s bar and pie shop
Alongside the Comedy our very own Santa Bob Slayer and his Elves (from the Grotto of Whitley’s of Bayswater!) will be serving seasonal gourmet pies, mulled wine and craft beers