It all started in June 2009 when we were but comedy babies.
They say time speeds up as you get older. Fast forward to June 2013, and Charity Chuckle celebrates four whole years of raising money through raising laughs, with an extra wrinkle for every comedian. When we started there was no such thing as Miranda! Now, not only one of our comedy friends been on it, but stand-up has taken other friends all the way to the O2 and the Michael McIntyre Roadshow!
Since June 2009, Charity Chuckle has brought some of the best comedic talent to Brighton. Headliners have included Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cager, ROBIN INCE; star of Stand-Up For The Week and The Last Leg, JOSH WIDDICOMBE; Brighton’s own brilliantly acerbic ZOE LYONS; Edinburgh Award Nominees, DAVID TRENT and JAMES ACASTER; and, in his only gig outside London and Edinburgh, the American comedian, HANNIBAL BURESS, who has just signed to America’s Comedy Central for a sitcom pilot, an hour-long stand-up special and a nationwide tour of the USA.
Charity Chuckle has been a labour of love for promoters Kerry Herbert and Jim Holland, who are passionate about stand-up, wanting to introduce new groups to live comedy and in so doing, raise awareness, funds and morale for the support workers in the community. As a voluntary event with proceeds going to a different charity each month, we make no money for all the effort and stress we put in, though Jim was delighted to be nominated for a Metro “little bit of decency award” (by Kerry).
Charity Chuckle events have raised over £8000 for local charities. Though the charities are local, Charity Chuckle’s intended reach is global. At least one of the selected charities each year undertakes its work overseas, such as Target TB, Alala, East Africa Children’s Project and Maternity Worldwide. A dance flashmob organised for the December 2012 event – the first ever in a comedy club – was later used in an international campaign to end violence against women, Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising. Gail Gray, CEO of domestic abuse charity RISE, said, “Never underestimate the impact your Charity Chuckle nights have – it is so impressive to have such energy driving these events forward and benefitting so many.”
On Tuesday 11 June, we will be celebrating the last show with semi-pros at the Latest Music Bar before moving on to a regular slot at the Komedia (Charity Chuckle’s New Act Night will be at the LMB on 13th August 2013). Kerry and Jim would like to invite all comedy and Brighton lovers to a bit of a Charity Chuckle party and a fabulous night of stand-up, secure in the knowledge that just through laughing (and buying a ticket!) you’ll be helping to raise money for local children’s charity, Safety-Net.
Headliner is award-winning comedian, CARL DONNELLY, who has appeared on Dave’s One Night Stand, Mock the Week and Russell Howard’s Good News. We saw Carl’s show in Edinburgh last year and were blown away with his laid back style and hilarious take on life. We can’t wait to see him again. Jim Holland will also be doing a set as he did on that very first night in 2009, and the lovely Julie Jepson will be compering as she did that very first night too.
Do come! We’d love to see you, and yes, we do love cake, booze and party poppers!
Here’s a video of Carl Donnelly on Dave’s One Night Stand:
ABOUT THE CHARITY:
Safety Net’s vision is to create communities across Brighton, Hove and Sussex that work together to keep children safe. They aim to ensure all children and young people are aware that they have the right to feel and be safe, and that they can get help when they need it. Safety Net works with families, in schools and in local communities.