Top names to perform at comedy first for UK education charity

1st February 2018

Laughs are guaranteed with a brilliant comedy line-up including Jack Dee and Stewart Lee for Education Support Partnership’s first-ever comedy fundraiser this month.

The not-to-be-missed event, hosted by quick-witted comedian and actor Kerry Godliman, TV regular on BBC 2’s Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. ‘The Funny Thing About Teaching’, promises to be a special night at Islington’s Union Chapel on Monday 26th February at 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

Joining Kerry, Jack and Stewart will be fellow Mock the Week regular Angela Barnes together with teachers-turned comedians Rob Rouse and Jo D’Arcy.

Teaching is a tough job and it’s getting harder. In our latest health report ‘The health and wellbeing of education professionals in the UK’ the overwhelming majority of teachers told us they’ve suffered mental or physical health problems because of their jobs. As the UK’s only charity here to support anyone working in the field, Education Support Partnership helps thousands every year who are struggling through its free Helpline and expert counsellors.

Former Geography teacher turned stand-up Rob Rouse said: “I’m delighted to be doing this night to support teachers in crisis. Having experienced the job first-hand, I realised I didn't have the necessary metal to be a teacher, so became a clown instead.”

Jo D’Arcy adds; “As a former teacher, I know a sense of humour is pretty essential to get through the day. Teaching is a great, but tough job and the stresses and strains are immense. For many the pressures are getting too much and yet if we don’t look after teachers, who will look after their students? I’m so pleased to be doing this great gig so that Education Support Partnership can help more.”

This night is a unique chance to celebrate our teachers and all that education professionals do with a night of laughter.

Julian Stanley, CEO of Education Support Partnership said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have these great comedians on board for our first comedy gig and want to say a very big thank you for their time. Their support is testament to the respect so many of us have for our teachers. Let’s celebrate their hard work. Join us for a night of laughter where together we can share the humour of school and of education and help those who need it.”

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Tickets are available at www.edsupport.org.uk/comedy and £20 and £15 concessions with group booking discounts available.