Laugh for Leukaemia
Enjoy a star-studded evening of comedy
Laugh for Leukaemia returns for a seventh instalment of stand up, sketch and character comedy to raise money for vital blood cancer research. Kings Place will play host to a diverse line up of industry-leading comics. Previous years have featured award-winning comics and household favourites alike, including Bridget Christie, Tim Key and Sarah Millican. The line-up for 2019 will be announced soon.
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
A word with Laugh for Leukaemia’s organisers
Laugh for Leukaemia is organised by Jennie Redstall, Steph Moore and comedian Nick Mohammed. They share what makes the gig special.
What inspired you to start Laugh for Leukaemia?
Jennie and Steph: "We started LfL in 2012 to raise money to improve the lives of those with blood cancers after a family member was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Nick came up with the idea one sunny day at the park. We knew that so much had been done to improve the life expectancy of those with blood cancer but there was (and still is) so much more research to be done. That’s why we chose Bloodwise. The first gig was so much fun that we decided to do it again...and again...and again."
What qualities do you look for in the acts that you book?
Nick: "Not only are the acts we book some of the top comedians on the circuit, with great outlooks on life, they're also wonderful people. All of them give up their time for free, which we're always so grateful for. Most of the people we book are friends, or friends of friends, which results in a lovely atmosphere backstage."
Jennie and Steph: "We like to have a varied line up each year with well established acts alongside fantastic performers fresh from the likes of the Edinburgh Fringe. For most of the audience there will be at least one act they’ve never seen before, which is exciting. We have so much love for all of the acts who’ve appeared as they all perform for free to show their support for Bloodwise."
What can audience members expect from Laugh for Leukaemia?
Nick: "Sounds like a cliche but it's completely true: a great night out for an amazing cause."
Since the gig started in 2012, what are your favourite memories?
Nick: "Gosh. So many. In our first year, Adam Riches set several swing-balls flying over the heads of the audience, which was both hilarious and terrifying! In the same year, Jonny Sweet, Joe Thomas and Simon Bird got together again as a sketch outfit The House of Windsor for a one-off set. Jayde Adams sang nessun dorma to end our first half in 2017. And it’s always priceless to watch Daniel Kitson try to avoid us from overrunning!"
Jennie and Steph: "Ray Peacock joined us in 2014, having recently been in hospital, and soon had the audience in stitches. We had Rhys James trying to convince us he wasn’t a school boy, and a standout set from Sarah Millican! It was also the year a mother and daughter in the audience ended up not sitting together, but Kitson was on form to poke fun before ensuring they were reunited for the remainder of the gig."
What do you see in the future for Laugh for Leukaemia?
Jennie and Steph: "We’ve already started thinking about our tenth anniversary event and how we can make it extra special. We don’t want to give anything away just yet so you’ll have to watch this space!"