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Comedians set to stand up for Labour
10:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
COMEDY and politics will come together at a special event in town tonight.
Stand Up for Labour will see some of the hottest comedy acts perform at Yates’s pub on Bridge Street and the event will also see the town’s two parliamentary candidates for the Labour Party speak.
Headlining the event will be Shazia Mirza, who has appeared on Have I Got News For You and regularly guests on Radio 4.
She will also be joined by Jessica Fostekew and the top musical double act in the country Brian Damage & Krysstal.
“The evening will be a mix of comedy and politics,” said Crispin Flintoff, who has organised the event.
“Often the process of politics can be quite dreary and going to council meetings often doesn’t appeal to people.
“The combination will allow people to enjoy some high quality entertainment mixed in with some informative politics.
“The standard of comedy will be just as high as you’d get in a standard comedy club.”
As well as the acts, Coun Mark Dempsey (Lab, Walcot and Park North), who is the candidate for Swindon North, and Anne Snelgrove, the Swindon South Labour Candidate, will be leading an informal discussion on local issues.
Some of the comedy will have a political twist but much of it will not be related to politics, while the politicians will get up in between each act to speak.
Crispin said: “I sometimes think a comedy night can sometimes be a bit heavy so this event breaks up the comedy nicely.
“The break-up means that both the comedy and politics will have more of an impact.”
Stand Up for Labour has been running for more than a year and has travelled the country with some of the top acts in comedy, such as Eddie Izzard and John Bishop, appearing at some of the events.
“The feedback we have had from people has been really positive,” said Crispin.
“It seems as though more people have been coming to see comedy rather than music in recent years so it has been a great way to connect with people.
“All of the acts on stage tonight have been at Stand Up for Labour events before and been received well.
“I have a background in stand-up comedy so I know what comedians want in a comedy night.”
Tickets for the event are available at www.wegottickets.com/letslaugh and cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions if bought in advance.
The tickets are £15 and £10 respectively if bought on the door.
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