The Apollo boosts H&F’s thriving arts scene

There are a barrel of laughs coming your way at Hammersmith’s historic Eventim Apollo.

The iconic Art Deco styled venue in Queen Caroline Street has an impressive line-up of top quality comedians taking to the stage throughout November, adding to the great selection of entertainment events in the borough as the Apollo helps to put H&F on the map as a cultural centre.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council aim to make the borough one of the leading places in the country for the arts as outlined in its new Arts Strategy.

“The venue continues to enrich H&F’s arts scene as it offers great quality entertainment for residents, boosts local businesses and provides more employment opportunities in the borough,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration. “We want to make H&F one of the best artistic hubs in the country.”

Last summer H&F council in partnership with the Bush Theatre and PBJ Management launched the first ever comedy festival in the borough.

The Shepherds Bush Comedy Festival was a big hit with residents as comedians such as Nina Conti and Shaun Kearney graced the stage at the Bush Theatre over the four-day extravaganza.

“We are working towards making H&F a real destination for comedy as we strengthen the borough’s leading role in London’s arts and culture scene,” added Cllr Andrew Jones.

The side-splitting month of comedy in H&F includes:

Russell Brand

31 October – 1 November

One of the country’s leading stand-up comedians comes to town on his RE:BIRTH tour of the UK and Ireland. After becoming a father, Brand tries to make sense of life: modern media, politics, fatherhood and death. The successful actor, author and columnist is currently studying for a MA in religion in global politics while on his 71-day tour. Beware filling out the audience questionnaire and becoming part of the show.

Jon Richardson

Image caption: Jon Richardson

3-4 November

The star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is on a nationwide tour with his infamous self-questioning of real things from Brexit to Donald Trump. Richardson started out on the comedy scene at 19 and got his first big break when he toured with Alan Carr in 2006. Since then he has gone on to be considered one of the funniest comedians in the UK for the past 10 years.

Paul Chowdhry

Image caption: Paul Chowdhry

10-11 November

This is the Londoner’s most personal show to date. Live Innit follows on from the success of his two sold-out tours What’s Happening White People in 2012 and PC’s World in 2015. The Edgware-born comic talks class, prejudice, dating in the age of Tinder, mental health and much more.

Greg Davies

Image caption: Greg Davies

15-18 November

The former secondary school teacher is back with his first stand-up show in four years. Best known for his roles in the TV shows The Inbetweeners, Taskmaster and Man Down, Davies is back doing what he loves on stage in his latest show You Magnificent Beast.

Jimmy Carr

Image caption: Jimmy Carr

24-25 November

The deadpan Jimmy Carr has thrown all his best jokes from 15 years of gigs into The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits show. Carr is an established name after nine sell-out tours and nearly 2,000 shows to over two million people across four continents and now he is back in Hammersmith.

Roar with Laughter

30 November

The Zoological Society of London’s hilarious comedy fundraiser is back with Alan Carr, Katherine Ryan, Rob Delaney, Sara Pascoe, Stephen K Amos, Terry Alderton, Rob Deering and many more acts bringing the laughs as they help raise money for ZSL’s global conservation projects.

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