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Thursday 01 December 2016

Charity Chuckle: Bridget Christie Headlines Night @ Brighton Komedia In Aid Of Rise & Survivors Network

Bridget Christie will be headlining a host of female comedians to raise money and awareness for two Sussex women's charities (Rise and Survivors' Network) as part of a global Sixteen Days campaign to end violence against women. 

This is Charity Chuckle's sixth #16Days comedy gala, returning from a ten month hiatus to put on the show. 

Promoter Kerry Herbert said, "After recent events it felt more important than ever to come together and say, 'No, it's not OK to abuse women!'. 

"We're proud to return to Charity Chuckle to raise awareness of the charities in Sussex who support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault."

Bridget Christie is one of the UK"s top live stand-up comedians. Her Edinburgh show in August this year was to be called Mortal, but following June's EU referendum she quickly wrote a new hour on the theme of Brexit. 

Doing stand-up since 2004, Bridget Christie's breakthrough year was 2013 when she won the Foster"s Edinburgh Comedy Award with her show A Book For Her..

It was a total sell out in Edinburgh and became the top selling comedy show at Soho Theatre ever, selling out every night of its fifty-four night run.  

Richard Herring with Bridget Christie

Bridget does find the award-winning tag a two-sided coin:

"It's fantastic for ticket sales, plus there"s the boost in profile. But it does make it all slightly terrifying. You have to live up to people"s high expectations. 

"Now, people are coming to see an award-winning show and you don"t want to disappoint them. 

"They may not have even seen any live comedy before, and you don't want to put them off ever going again. But I realise it"s a luxurious problem to have."

She went on to write A Book for Her which details Christie's twelve years of anonymous toil in the bowels of stand-up comedy and the sudden epiphany that made her, unbelievably, one of the most critically acclaimed British stand-up comedians this decade, drawing together the threads that link a smelly smell in the women"s studies section to theglobal feminist struggle. 

"It was only once I cracked what the book was - 'How does a comedian write about something like feminism?' - that I was liberated, because that"s what I know. 

"It's just somebody"s story about how they worked feminism into their own life and their professional life. Once I understood that it was OK."

In addition to Bridget Christie the top line up is full of comedy award winners and nominees, including Harriet Braine, Funny Women's 2016 winner, and Eastbourne-based character comedian, Jo Neary, who starred with Johnny Vegas in TV"s 'Ideal'.

Charity Chuckle has raised £20,000 for the community - all through laughter! 

Charity Chuckle presents: Stand Up to End Violence Against Women with Bridget Christie at Brighton Komedia on Wednesday 7 December 2016, Tickets: £17.50 & £15 concessions from the Komedia Box Office, online or 0845 293 8480.

by: Mike Cobley




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