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Laughing Season returns with Ed Gamble, Lou Sanders and Dane Baptiste

27 March 2019

Bringing together a bumper crop of some of the UK’s most cutting edge comedians, Farm Africa’s Laughing Season comedy gig at London’s EartHackney on 1 May will provide a night of hilarity in support of African farmers.

A host of comedy talent will be raising funds and laughs on the night, with Ed Gamble, Lou Sanders, Tez Ilyas, Dane Baptiste, Rhys James, Babatunde Aléshé and Angela Barnes all set to strut EartHackney’s uber-trendy stage.

Our headliner for the evening will be Ed Gamble. You may recognise Ed from Mock the Week (BBC2), Drunk History (Comedy Central), Conan (TBS), Almost Royal (E4), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3), Man Down (C4) as well as countless other things (three other things).

Ed’s ability to find humour in everything and anything has made him a powerhouse in the UK comedy circuit. If you were unable to get a ticket to his sold-out shows here’s your opportunity to see him in the flesh!

Provocative and prolific Dane Baptiste has been hailed a “comical genius” by the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. From post-apocalyptic cannibalism to submitting job applications, Dane has been mixing the serious with the silly to leave sell-out audiences rocking in their seats.

Edinburgh Festival’s The Comedian’s Comedian Award winner and surrealist extraordinaire Lou Sanders will take the spotlight, where she will highlight her messiest behaviour for your entertainment. Not to be missed.

Lancashire lad Tez Ilyas will apply his acute wit to break down British society, before sewing it back together through his unique brand of popular culture references and general silliness. The Times called him “radiantly entertaining” and The Guardian dubbed him “Blackburn’s Chris Rock”. Prepare to be blown away by this unique comedian.

Fast-rising young star Babatunde Aléshé is already one of the biggest names on the Black British comedy circuit. Babatunde was recently selected to appear on Dave Chappelle's “The Process”, solidifying his place as one of stand up’s most exciting breakout talents.

On the back of another sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Angela Barnes will be taking to the EarthHackney stage. After working in health and social care, Angela decided to give comedy a whirl, quickly developing a name on the circuit for her killer brand of reluctant optimism. “She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic”, says The Guardian.

“Sickeningly talented young stand-up” (Time Out) Rhys James fresh from Mock The Week and his own Radio 4 series, will make you laugh and feel under-accomplished for your years!

Tickets are available from EartHackney website. Include a gift to Farm Africa’s Coffee Is Life appeal, through the purchase of your ticket, and the UK government will double your donation.

Your donation will support Farm Africa projects across eastern Africa, and the matched funding unlocked from the UK government will directly fund a Farm Africa project that will give women in Kanungu in western Uganda the opportunity to make a decent living from coffee farming.

More acts to be announced. Line-up subject to change.