The Benefits Of Laughter: Autumn's Biggest Charity Comedy Gigs

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SHAPPI KHORSANDI
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Say what you like about stand-up comedians (and they do), but they're a charitable bunch. We've rounded up some of the finest UK comedy nights being held for good causes over the next few months - and as you can see from the list below, there's something for everyone. From big names to up-and-coming stars, from musical line-ups to all-female line-ups, from one-night theatre gigs to the three-day Giddy Goat Comedy Festival, check out some of the great gigs coming up...

Benefit For Yorkhill Children’s Foundation
The date: 10 September
The location: The Stand comedy club, Glasgow
The good cause: Yorkhill Children’s Foundation
The line-up: Gary Little, Mark Nelson, Scott Gibson, Michael Redmond, Darren Connell and host Scott Agnew
The tickets: £6/5

Stand Up For Animals
The date: 12 September
The location: Bloomsbury Theatre, London
The good cause: Humane Society International
The line-up: Andrew O'Neil, Lucy Porter, Hal Cruttenden, Holly Walsh, with Alastair Barrie as MC
The tickets: £20

Giddy Goat Comedy Festival
The date: 14, 15, 16 September
The location: Venue Cymru and Theatr Colwyn, Llandudno
The good cause: St David’s Hospice
The line-up: Marcus Brigstocke, Phill Jupitus, David Sedaris, Francesca Martinez, Arthur Smith and many more
The tickets: Varies by show/event - see full listings

Benefit For TOMA
The date: 17 September
The location: The Stand comedy club, Newcastle
The good cause: The TOMA Fund
The line-up: Paul Tonkinson, John Scott and host Steffen Peddie
The tickets: £7/6

Benefit For VSO Edinburgh

The date: 19 September
The location: The Stand comedy club, Edinburgh
The good cause: Voluntary Service Overseas
The line-up: Graeme Thomas, Jay Lafferty, Jamie Andrew and host Joe Heenan. Special guest to be announced
The tickets: £8/£6

John Shuttleworth And Friends
The date: 22 September
The location: Bloomsbury Theatre, London
The good cause: Breakthrough Breast Cancer
The line-up: Hosted by John Shuttleworth with special guests including Vic Reeves, Heaven 17 and Mike Flowers
The tickets: £20

Girls' Night Out
The date: 24 September
The location: Bloomsbury Theatre, London
The good cause: Stonewall’s Education For All programme
The line-up: Shappi Khorsandi, Zoe Lyons, Kerry Godliman, Francesca Martinez, Leisa Rea, Suzi Ruffell, Maureen Younger and MC Jen Brister
The tickets: £25

Funny Women Final
The date: 24 September
The location: Leicester Square Theatre, London
The good cause: Women’s Aid
The line-up: 14 up-and-coming female stand-up acts, including sketch duos, from all over the world
The tickets: £15/£12.50

Laugh Till It Hurts
The date: 26 September
The location: Bloomsbury Theatre, London
The good cause: Macmillan Cancer Support
The line-up: Ray Peacock, Stewart Lee, Simon Munnery, Shappi Khorsandi, Lloyd Langford, Tony Law and John Moloney
The tickets: £17.50/£15

Roar With Laughter
The date: 6 October
The location: Hammersmith Apollo, London
The good cause: Zoological Society of London
The line-up: Phill Jupitus, Andy Parsons, Jon Richardson, Sarah Kendall, Richard Herring, Ed Byrne, Lucy Porter and Greg Burns
The tickets: From £25

End Polio Now Comedy Benefit
The date: 18 October
The location: The Glee Club, Nottingham
The good cause: End Polio Now
The line-up: Milton Jones, Boothby Graffoe and Dan Nightingale
The tickets: £16.50

Comedy SLaM!
The date: 23 October
The location: Southbank Centre, London
The good cause: South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
The line-up: Jo Brand, Nina Conti, Alistair Barrie, Robin Ince, Daniel Simonsen, Nick Revell and others to be announced
The tickets: £20, £35

Shake With Laughter
The date: 30 October
The location: Bloomsbury Theatre, London
The good cause: Parkinson's UK
The line-up: Rob Deering, Isy Suttie, Elis James and surprise guests
The tickets: £15

Joking For Justice
The date: 1 November
The location: Bloomsbury Theatre, London
The good cause: World Development Movement
The line-up: Richard Herring, Ava Vidal, Dan Antopolski, Jen Brister, Francesca Martinez, Andy Zaltzman, Paul Sinha, Catie Wilkins, Vikki Stone and MC Kent Valentine
The tickets: £23

Laugh Or The Polar Bear Gets It
The date: 22 November
The location: Hammersmith Apollo, London
The good cause: Friends Of The Earth
The line-up: Stewart Lee, Ed Byrne, Francesca Martinez, Dan Antolposki and Beardyman (more acts to be announced)
The tickets: £25, £40

We Are Most Amused
The date: 28 November
The location: Royal Albert Hall, London
The good cause: The Prince's Trust
The line-up: Rowan Atkinson, Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart, The Midnight Beast, Stephen K Amos, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Omid Djalili, Milton Jones, Patrick Kielty, Helen Lederer and Justin Lee Collins.
The tickets: £17.50-£125

Charity Chuckle: Stand Up To End Violence Against Women
The date: 4 December
The location: Komedia, Brighton
The good cause: Rise and Survivors' Network
The line-up: Jo Neary, Joe Wells, David James, Rachel Parris, Mae Martin - plus special guests to be announced
The tickets: £12/£10

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