27/04/2012 18:06 BST | Updated 27/06/2012 06:12 BST

Why I'm Supporting War on Want

I'm fighting jet lag after returning from touring Australia, though still can't wait for my gig on Tuesday (1 May).

After a month's industry overseas, performing on International Workers Day seems more than apt.

And what better cause than raising laughs and cash for the anti-poverty charity War on Want to champion exploited workers in developing countries? Workers like those in sweatshops making goods for the London Olympics partner Adidas, Nike and Puma. The Olympics should be a celebration of human achievement, fair play and respect for all. That's why I back the charity's drive for Adidas to ensure a living wage for its factory workers. You can give your support too by e-mailing "STOP" to

Proceeds from the gig will not only help people in poor countries battling for decent pay and conditions from suppliers of clothes to British stores, but also flowers, tea, fruit and wine. Don't get me wrong. I love all these things - not least a glass of red plonk. At the same time, what's funny about toiling marathon hours for a pittance?

Proof of War on Want's deserved reputation for tackling the causes of poverty comes through a quick check on the lineup at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire in London. Besides me, there's a galaxy of comics. Tim Minchin, Seann Walsh and Doc Brown would grace any bill. Yet the rollcall extends to Robin Ince, Kevin Eldon and Alistair Barrie. Nor is that the lot. Add in Graham Wilde, Andi Osho and Hal Cruttenden, as well as Frisky and Mannish. No wonder Time Out cites the event among its best shows in the coming week.

Tickets, price £20, are selling fast.

Hurry and book yours here