Tuesday 23rd October - Doors Open 19:00 - Doors Close 19:30
Bee numbers in Britain have fallen dramatically in recent years, but we intend to save them with a little help from a few very funny people!
Bees are essential in pollinating our favourite food and for our economy, without them it would cost UK farmers 1.8 billion a year to pollinate our crops, and for our gardens and parks. All good enough reasons for Birmingham Friends of the Earth to organise this fundraising comedy night with some of the finest comedians.
Joe Lycett is an award winning comedian who has appeared on various television and radio programmes. He is the BBC New Comedian of the year finalist 2011 and the Chortle Award winner for Best Newcomer 2010. On television he has appeared as a guest on 8 out of 10 cats, as the co-host of the BBC 1 show Epic Win and on shows with Chris Addison and Jack Dee. Joe's style of anecdotal stories has received rave reviews including
“Imaginative and cheekily subversive comedy ... entertainingly mischievous”(Guardian).
Joe is very pleased to compere for the evening and enjoy a light hearted evening of comedy to help prevent bee decline in the UK.
Set that won him the Chortle Student Comedian of the year 2009
As one of Birmingham's biggest comedians, James Cook conjures up a fantastically witty routine, mixing the classic comedians staples of jokes and sarcasm, with well timed improvisation skills.
"his quick tongue and dry sense of humour kept me laughing" BBC Tees
After taking a seven year break from full-time comedy, and winning several radio awards, James Cook has been successfully touring the UK getting comparisons to Frank Skinner (Birmingham Metro) and Dylan Moran (The Stage), although he claims that how they came to these conclusions is a mystery.
If you haven't seen James Cook before expect to see a funny, likeable, accomplished performer, with a talent for interacting with an audience.
James Cook compering at The Cube
Mickey Sharma has been a resident Brummie since 2002, before that he lived in India, Pakistan, Beijing and Hong Kong. Mickey travels across the world as a professional comedian and has won a host of awards including;
Winner “Should I stay Should I go” Funhouse comedy November & December 2009” and Winner “King Gong” January 2010 from the Comedy Store
Mickey Sharma at the Comedy Store's King Kong awards
Rising from the murky shadows of a Birmingham call centre, Andy White has become one of cities most dynamic comedians. His routines often contains anything from silly faces and voices, to clever topical humour, that are "undeniably entertaining" Chortle.co.uk.
As an experienced performer he has appeared on TV and radio, as well as touring around the UK and abroad. Suzanne Worthington (BBC Cumbria), described the audience reaction during Andy's shows; "The laughs turned to applause many times for Andy".
An excellent comedian who will get you laughing with local, topical and original material.
Andy White performing at Warrington's Park Royal Hotel
Karen Bayley is a proud Brummie who is earning herself a respected path as a comedian on the live circuit. She has rave reviews from comedians such as Alan Carr and Jasper Carrot. A professional since 2003 Karen, she has racked up the awards including; trailblazing as the first ever female winner of the “King Gong” award from the Comedy Store as well as appearing on the greatest 100 Cartoons Channel 4 show.
Karen is well aware of the plight of the bees and the effect the loss of them would have on our food supplies so is very happy to help us out on our campaign.
Ben Davids is a one liner specialist from Tamworth (not far from Birmingham). His almost dead pan style will compliment the anecdotal chatter of some of the other comedians. Ben also writes for radio and has performed at the Rock with Laughter gig, which was headed by the likes of Jasper Carrot and Lenny Henry, performing in front of 20,000 people over two nights.
Ben Davids at the Comedy Store
Gareth has been professional since 2004, touring wherever people will have him including buses, planes and the London Science Museum. Gareth has a degree in film studies and is a regular on the festival circuit including the Edinburgh Festival, the Big Chill and Cornbury festival, which Birmingham Friends of the Earth has a presence at. On top of the British circuit Gareth is a regular on the Aussie circuit as well as his partner Kiruna Stamell (more on her in a bit) is from Australia.
Gareth Berliner at the Comedy Store
Kiruna Stamell is an Australian comedian and dancer who is now based in the UK. Kiruna Studied dance at New South Wales University in Australia before moving to the UK. Kiruna currently works as an actress, dancer and stand-up comedian. At the moment Kiruna is performing a contemporary Dance show in Australia and her first dance professional dance performance was inBaz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.Kiruna is the partner of Gareth Berliner and they will be performing as a duo on stage at the gig.