Laugh for Palestine

Laughing for Palestine with Seann Walsh and Gavin Webster

The Stand New Town Theatre, Mon 12 Aug 13:30 tickets £15

This week Israeli forces demolished 70 Palestinian Homes in Sur Baher, a village near Jerusalem, leaving a whole community devastated. EdFringe is about to have its say on this travesty. Following the huge success of Laughing for Palestine With Frankie Boyle during EdFringe 2018, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – UK @ICAHDUK – is excited to announce another fund-raising event at this year’s Fringe. Headlined by Seann Walsh and featuring Maria Shehata, Gary Sansome, Sameena Zehra and Gavin Webster, the event will be MC’ed by ICAHD UK’s Director, Comedian Daphna Baram. It will be held at the Stand Comedy Club’s New Town Theatre, 96 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DH at 1.30pm on Monday 12 August.

Tickets, at £15.00 each – the proceeds will be used to help fund ICAHD UK’S advocacy activities in the UK, and building and solidarity projects in Palestine/Israel.

The Cause:

ICAHD UK is the UK branch of ICAHD, a non-violent campaigning organisation focused on issues of displacement and demolition in Palestine/Israel. Last year, following a successful Buy A Brick campaign that culminated in Laughing For Palestine at EdFringe – 20 ICAHD volunteers have built a community centre in the Jordan Valley, picked olives in the West Bank and participated in an educational tour in order to create an in-depth knowledge based and solidarity between communities under threat of displacement in Palestine/Israel. In 2020 ICAHD UK is planning a building project in a yet to be revealed location in the West Bank. ICAHD UK also leads an Extended Study Tour to Israel/Palestine every November and March. 

The Acts:

Seann Walsh Seann was born in Lewisham in 1985 and brought up in Brighton. A graduate of the Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops, Seann performed his first gig in November 2006, immediately receiving critical acclaim and several awards early in his career, including the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and Chortle Best Newcomer, both in 2009.Seann has had numerous critically acclaimed shows on the Edinburgh Fringe including Seann to Be Wild in 2012 and The Lie-In King in 2013. Seann participated in the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing, currently hosts a weekly show on FUBAR Radio with his friend, Mark Simmons and is scheduled to be a host on the gameshow Flinch on Netflix alongside Lloyd Griffith and Desiree Burch. Seann’s show After this One I’m Going Home, is on at  EdFringe 2019.

Maria Shehata Maria Shehata is an award-winning comedian known for her conversational delivery and her sardonic yet playful candour. Maria has been featured on BBC, Channel 5, Comedy Central, Showtime, and Comic Relief. She is winner of Best Comedian at the Hollywood Festival of New Cinema, and Best Comedy at the Miami Web Fest . Maria was also shortlisted as one of the Five Best New Performers at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe by The 99 Club. Maria’s show Maria Shehata: Hero is on at EdFringe 2019/

Gary Sansome Gary is a tough speaking off the wall Scottish comedian and MC. He has performed with critical acclaim all over the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and across Europe and the US. “If you want an hour of pure entertainment and hilarity, get to see Gary Sansome”
★★★★★ Bunbury Magazine; “Exceptionally funny. I would say fucking funny, but they’ve asked me not to swear” Mark Dolan, C4 Balls of Steel Gary’s show Bald Man Sings Rhianna is on at EdFringe 2019

Sameena Zehra Sameena Zehra is an award winning comedian, storyteller, writer, director and blues singer/songwriter. She has performed her solo shows all over the world, including Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brighton Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and New Zealand Fringe, where she was nominated for ‘Best In Fringe’ 2016, and won ‘Outstanding Performer’ in 2017. Sameena is proud to have been revolting since she was 7 years old. She means this as a verb, not an adjective, although she accepts that the latter may be a matter of opinion. twitter @sameenazehra Instagram @sameena.zehra

Gavin Webster Gavin’s television work includes Never

Mind The BuzzcocksThe Stand-up ShowDoes Doug KnowTake The MikeThe RegionnairesThe Eleven O Clock showThe Comedy StoreComedy Blue and The World Stand Up Tour. He wrote and played in Walk on the Wild Side in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 he voiced Sid the Sexist for Channel 4’s series Blaps adapting Viz. His 2011 Edinburgh Fringe show, All Young People are Cunts was positively reviewed by the British Comedy Guide. He previously played Edinburgh in 2003, 2008 and 2009. Gavin’s show Buddhism and other such Rubbish in running at EdFringe 2019.

Daphna Baram Daphna is an Israel born London based

stand-up comedian and the director of ICAHD UK. She has been an activist on Palestinian rights and against the occupation since her early youth and worked as a human rights lawyer, a journalist and an editor in Jerusalem. She embarked on her comedy career in 2010 due to a chain of events involving two weddings, Chris Morris and a heart attack. Her 7th solo show, Daphna Baram: Cracking Up, is also at EdFringe 2019. @missdcomedy, https://www.facebook.com/missdcomedy/

Media Contact: Daphna Baram director@icahduk.org, 07800729107

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