Local comedy buffs have a lot to look forward to this Christmas as one of Yorkshire’s best comedy nights returns to the city this December.

Giggle Aid, a comedy benefit night for the British Red Cross, will celebrate its 10th birthday this year, as it returns to the increasingly popular Leadmill Comedy Club on Sunday 8 December.

The night is expected to be another sell-out event for the charity, and taking to the stage will be top names from TV and podcasts, including Rob Rouse (one of the stars of hit BBC 2 Shakespeare sitcom Upstart Crow) and Jessica Fostekew – co-host of top-rated podcast The Guilty Feminist and nominee for 2019 Edinburgh Best Comedy Show Award, the most sought-after accolade of the world-famous Fringe Festival. Joining Rouse and Fostekew are regular TV panellist and political activist-cum-comedian Kate Smurthwaite, as well as the character comedian President Obonjo, whose clever portrayal of an African dictator has made headlines recently with the #JusticeforObonjo campaign, tipped-for-greatness Jack Gleadow, and ever-popular Yorkshire circuit comedian Jed Salisbury.

The comedians, who are all donating their time and talent for free, will entertain punters over the course of 3 hours, with the night ending with the charity’s exclusive auction and a raffle where top prizes will be up for grabs. Funds raised from the event will help support the work of the British Red Cross in Sheffield and across Yorkshire, including providing shelter and support for rough sleepers in Sheffield, services for refugees and asylum seekers, providing wheelchair loans, and responding to fires and floods in the local area.

Helen Whale, a Senior Community Fundraiser for the British Red Cross Yorkshire, said:

“People love Giggle Aid and there’s nothing better than the buzz at the event, when everyone is together, having a right good laugh with friends, family and colleagues, at what can be quite a stressful time of year. I’m very excited about this year’s line-up, particularly as I’m a huge fan of Upstart Crow. I’d highly recommend getting your tickets soon before they are all snapped up!”

With table reservations available, food and drinks available to buy on the night, and a raffle and auction to top the night off, not only does Giggle Aid promise to scratch any comedy itch, but also makes the perfect Christmas work do.

Tickets start at just £14 per person and are on sale now on the Red Cross and Leadmill sites: www.redcross.org.uk/Giggle https://www.leadmill.co.uk/event/giggle-aid-2019/
or contact Helen Whale on 0113 201 5256 or hwhale@redcross.org.uk