To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2016, Country Mile Comedy Club, fundraising for the SHM Foundation, presents a new night of cheap comedy from some of the brightest and best stand-up and sketch comedians around. Hosted at the historic Troubadour, Country Mile presents a stellar line up headlined by stand-up Phil Wang (‘Daphne Sounds Expensive’, and seen on ‘Have I Got News For You’). Joining him on the bill are sketch duo The Pin, performing material in preparation for the upcoming third series of their BBC Radio 4 show, stand-ups Catherine Bohart (BBC New Comedy Award 2016 Finalist and Funny Women 2016 Awards Grand Finalist), and Sarah Keyworth (Funny Women Awards 2015 First Runner Up), and sketch triangle Two Plus Ones, fresh from their Edinburgh Fringe debut ‘Mothers’.
The Country Mile Comedy Club is fundraising for the SHM Foundation, a charity which works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts. They are currently working in South Africa, to provide mental health support services to adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. In South Africa, approximately 15% of adolescents have HIV. The experience of social stigma and isolation for Adolescents Living with HIV/AIDS is very common, and it is very difficult to access psychological support. Hence, the SHM Foundation has developed a model that provides psychosocial support to HIV positive adolescents through mobile phone text message support groups – Project Khuluma. All proceeds will go to the charity, and there will be a bucket at the end of the show for donations as well. You can find out more information about the Foundation here, and Project Khuluma here.
Praise for the line-up:
Phil Wang: “Certain belly laughs”, Sunday Times; “Master of the intellectual dick joke”, Time Out
The Pin: “’A very classy, very funny show indeed”, The Telegraph; “The Pin prove it’s still possible to play with the conventions of the medium of sketch comedy”, The Guardian
Catherine Bohart: “Already seems like a comic with both a distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear”, Chortle; “Clearly on the cusp of great things”, Funny Women
Sarah Keyworth: “Excellently deadpan”, Huffington Post; “Pulling in the biggest laughs”, Three Weeks
Two Plus Ones: “Original and clever… the jokes come thick and fast”, Broadway Baby; “Not to be missed, at any cost”, Varsity
Details: Monday 10 October, 8pm (approx. 1hr 10). The Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Road, Earls Court, London, SW5 9JA. Tickets: £3.50 online / £5 on the door.