PRESS RELEASE: Stand Up Against Austerity Comedy Fundraiser
A dazzling live comedy line-up including Stewart Lee is set to spotlight the 'ridiculous and wacky' thinking behind government austerity cuts.
The fundraising event, to kick off at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Monday night, is a great chance to catch some of the UK's finest stand-ups at their political best.
Billed alongside Lee are Jo Brand, Marcus Brigstocke, Jason Manford, Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy, Jen Brister, Robin Ince, Shappi Khorsandi and Francesca Martinez.
The event follows a 50,000-strong march against the crippling cuts last month promoted by gig organisers the People's Assembly.
Giving a flavour of her angle, former NHS nurse Jo Brand said: “The NHS is safe in our hands - so said David Cameron and the Tories not so long ago.
“It seems to me more like ‘the NHS safe is in their hands’, as they continue to plunder and break up a service, which is a leading light in the world and also the mark, as far as I am concerned, of any civilised society.”
Writer and Assembly campaigner Owen Jones said the gig would be a laughter-filled rallying call.
He said: "You won't just hear a load of whinging lefties like me - people will actually make you laugh - that's as subversive as it gets.
"Comedians show just how ridiculous and wacky the way society is at the moment and the injustices we're living through. Hopefully it will get us revved up and ready to go out there and take on these people."
Martinez, an Assembly champion as well as a comedian, said the impressive line-up was a testament to the bite of the cuts.
She said: “I think the attacks on the NHS, education and welfare are uniting people everywhere against this government’s anti-austerity agenda.
“I am so excited that such a great line-up of people are lending their backing to this incredibly important movement.
“It will be a huge boost to all the groups who are fighting for a system built around equality, human rights and the environment.”
People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn said: "This fantastic gig is not only an essential way of raising money to boost the campaign but is a great chance to bring thousands of new people into the movement.”
Over 3,000 people is expected to pack out the venue, which hosts the BBC’s famous Live at the Apollo stand-up shows.
Stand Up Against Austerity Comedy Fundraiser, 7pm, July 7 2014, Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QH. See http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/standup for event and ticket details.
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