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The funny thing about teaching...

Monday, 26 February, 2018
7.30pm - 10.30pm, doors open 6.30pm
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

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About the event

Hosted by the charmingly straight-talking and quick-witted Kerry Godliman, the star-studded line-up will include teachers-turned-comedians Jo D’Arcy and Rob Rouse, Mock the Week regulars Angela Barnes, and king of deadpan humour; Jack Dee. Plus, just announced - Stewart Lee!

Teaching is one of the toughest jobs in the world, and it’s only getting harder. Many teachers are sharing they don’t want to stay in the profession they love and the Ed Support helpline receives over 7,500 calls a year from teachers who have hit crisis point.

But we mustn’t forget that teachers change lives. They inspire the joy of learning, and create those “wow!” moments. So to celebrate the hard-work of education professionals everywhere, join us for a night of laughter and together we can share the ridiculous situations only those in education experience and remember the funny thing about teaching can make you laugh or cry.  

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The lineup

Kerry Godliman

Kerry GodlimanThe charmingly straight-talking, quick-witted Kerry Godliman is one of the country’s best performers.  Both an incredibly talented comedian and a phenomenal actor, Kerry is best known for her appearances on BBC’s Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Jack Dee’s Referendum HelpDesk, Celebrity Pointless and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital’ and BBC’s Celebrity Pointless. Kerry is also a regular on Radio 4 with appearances on the esteemed News Quiz, The Now Show and Just A Minute as well as her own series Kerry’s List.

Kerry’s acting talents have seen her receive critical acclaim for her role as Hannah in Ricky Gervais’ hit series Derek for Chanel 4, as well as starring in the Netflix feature film Mascots and Sky’s Carter’s Get Rich and ITV1’s Bad Move. She has also starred in Crackanory, Him And Her, Miranda, Getting On, Extras, Home Time, Our Girl and Channel 4’s Spoons, also appearing in several stage plays including England People Very Nice at the National Theatre.

Kerry is currently back on the road touring her hit show Stick Or Twist all over the UK.

Jack Dee

Jack DeeEstablished as one of Britain’s well-loved and biggest comedy stars, Jack Dee has captured the imagination of audiences and critics with his dry humour and deadpan delivery. In 2009, Jack replaced Humphrey Lyttelton as the chairman of the widely adored Radio 4 “antidote to panel games,” I’m Sorry, I Haven’t a Clue. The author of a compelling bestselling autobiography, Thanks for Nothing, Jack has also co-written and starred in four series of the BBC2 sitcom, Lead Balloon.

Jack returned to the road after a six-year absence from stand-up with an eighteen-month sell-out tour in 2012/2013 which culminated in the release of his sixth DVD, Jack Dee: So What. Jack stars as Geoff in the hit BBC series JOSH which will return for a third series later this year.

He recently returned to his role as host of the hit BBC 2 series HelpDesk for a US Inauguration special in January 2017. Jack also co-wrote and starred in the successful sitcom Bad Move which aired on ITV in 2017 and has had a second series commissioned for next year.

Angela Barnes

Angela BarnesAfter a career in health and social care, Angela Barnes decided to realise a long held ambition and give comedy a go. Within a couple of years she had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition. Since 2011, Angela and her witty world view have been catapulted onto numerous radio and television shows including appearances on BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show

She regularly sells out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, regular on Mock the Week and host of BBC Radio 4's Newsjack Angela Barnes will be taking her 'beautifully structured show' (The Scotsman) Fortitude on the road.

Now, Angela is in no rush to join the ranks of middle aged, she's only just getting started. She didn't become a comedian until thirty-three, only learnt to swim when she was thirty-seven, didn't fall in love until thirty-eight and passed her driving test at thirty-nine. Why the hurry? She is un-pensioned, un-married, un-mortgaged and a fully paid-up member of the Peter Pan generation.

Jo D’Arcy

Jo D'Arcy has been a teacher since 2010 - well, she taught for three long years at a school where every room had its own water feature (either a leaky roof or just her own salty tears of despair. Sometimes it was just wee. Not hers). 

You can characterize it as a breakdown if you like, but after that she thought the only logical thing to do was to become a stand-up comedian. 

She now performs comedy by night and does supply teaching by day. Sometimes she gets them mixed up. Easily done. 

In August 2017 she took her debut show 'D'Arcehole' to the Edinburgh Fringe to share with civilians all the wonders and horrors of teaching. There was so much to say that she never even got on to the photocopiers...

Finalist and semi-finalist in Leicester Square, So You Think You're Funny, Hilarity Bites, Hobgoblin, Laughing Horse, Funny Women, Birmingham Breaking Talent New Comedian competitions. 

Rob Rouse

Rob RouseAs seen on Ben Elton’s hit BBC2 Shakespeare sitcom ‘Upstart Crow’, the Ex-Geography teacher has been described critically as “A born clown”, those who really know him may lovingly use the word ‘idiot’. Either way, Rob takes this trademark comedic storytelling to a career high in this show, as he leads us on an irresistibly hilarious journey of enforced introspection and inspired rantings, it’s a real roller-coaster of a show in which he is forced to relinquish any attempts to control his life and to face down literally one of the most awkward situations you’re ever likely to hear about. 

One of comedy’s most lively, loveable and dynamic performers, Rob won Channel 4’s Prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition at the Edinburgh Festival in way back in 1998. He has performed all over the world and works long form narratives into hard-hitting, uncompromising hilarious tales filled with warmth and a sense of compassion for our collective human frailties. 

You may also recognise him from 8 out of 10 cats, Spoons, The Friday Night Project, Celebrity Juice, Dave’s One night stand, John Bishop’s Only Joking, Live at the Comedy store, maybe collecting one of his wife’s eBay purchases from your garage or perhaps seen him at one of his 8 Edinburgh fringe shows or 3 UK tours. So, come and see him do what he does best; honest, frank, seriously funny stand-up. 


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