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Stand Up For GamesAid: last call for a cracking night of comedy!

Stand up for GamesAid, the epic night of comedy hosted by GamesAid patron Imran Yusuf at London’s Comedy Store on April 14th is just one week away now and a packed line-up of top comedy talent awaits at this year’s show.

Last year’s Leicester Square event proved to be a huge fundraising success for GamesAid, as well as a great addition to the game’s industry’s social calendar. This year is set to be even better with these top performers ready to bring the mirth for your evening’s entertainment!

Click here to secure your tickets from the Comedy Store now!

Don’t forget to join Stand Up for GamesAid’s Facebook page for all the very latest.

MC Imran Yusuf
Your host will be the former games industry veteran who worked for the likes of Midway Games, Eidos, SEGA Europe and Kuju London. After a stint bringing us Red Card Soccer (PS2), Yakuza (PS2), and Battalion Wars 2 (Wii), Imran left the development studios for the land of show business. He was nominated Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 and also made his UK debut TV appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow with his famous routine about Xbox Live and Call of Duty.

Paul Tonkinson
Yorkshireman, occasional marathon runner and sometime radio and TV presenter Tonkinson is an established and popular stand up star and former Time Out ‘Comedian of the Year’, full of deadpan northern charm and infectious energy. A former Time Out ‘Comedian of the Year’, with deadpan northern charm and infectious energy, Paul leads audiences on a crash course in the north-south divide, the curious differences between male and female logic, and the (sometimes real) characters that have populated his life

Ellie Gibson
Although best known within the games industry for her work at Eurogamer, where she edits long-term investigations and also dabbles in reviews and features usually involving animals, fighting or having it off, Ellie also recently began performing stand-up. Last year she was a semi-finalist in national competition So You Think You’re Funny? and performed in a sell-out show at the Lewisham Fringe. She also co-hosts number one parenting podcast Scummy Mummies and makes her Comedy Store debut at this event.

Jarred Christmas
Energetic and surreal, Jarred Christmas is a unique comic talent with a character all of his own. His delivery is high-energy and brimming with a self-belief that makes his bizarre thoughts and observations completely acceptable to the listener. Jarred’s material is drawn from an imagination let loose, and his wild style mixes gags with storytelling, pulling the audience into his surreal world. His success with improvisation and his ability to interact with an audience make him a top watch.

Holly Walsh
An acclaimed stand-up and writer, Holly Walsh, is an established talent in both fields. In 2012 her sitcom, Dead Boss, co-written with Sharon Horgan aired on BBC3 and she’s appeared on a host of top TV shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock The Week. Her stand-up credentials were established with her 2008 Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards and confirmed with an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination three years later for her debut Fringe show, Hollycopter.

Paul Thorne
One of Britain’s most established and sought-after stand-ups, Thorne has performed at all of the UK’s major comedy venues and festivals he can be seen weekly at London’s Comedy Store as a member of The Cutting Edge team of comedians who perform topical material based on the week’s news. In addition to performing all over Europe Paul has taken his unique brand of comedy as far afield as Hong Kong, Thailand, Canada, China and Japan and has toured extensively with Jack Dee, Lee Hurst and Rory Bremner.

Young, driven and hugely talented, Ola is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor with natural originality and enviable stage presence. He has already appeared on ITV4 and MTV Base and writes for BBC R4′s The Now Show, The News Quiz and Nathan Caton’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing. Finalist in the FHM Search for A Stand Up Hero, Ola is renowned for his intelligent, edgy humour and has appeared as an anchor member of The Jason Lewis Experience team.

Kev Orkian
One of the UK’s most talented, up-and-coming comedians, Orkian is also a highly skilled pianist, singer and actor and has been dubbed one of the world’s finest comedy pianists. Orkian made his West End debut in 96 starring in Fame and has appeared in My Girl, Grease, Buddy Holly, Happy Days and Boogie Nights. Orkian spent his spare time developing comedy routines that incorporated music in 2004, he decided not to perform in musicals so he could concentrate on building his stand up career.

Susan Calman
Edinburgh Fringe favourite Susan has her own Radio 4 series ‘Calman is Convicted’ and is a panel regular on the News Quiz and the Now Show. She has also made winning guest appearances on TV shows Have I Got News For You and Q.I. Susan will be asking lots of questions. Questions like where is she, what is she doing with her life, and can she put cat wrangler as her occupation on a mortgage application?

So there you have it, a crack line up of British and international comedy talent will be on hand for your comedic entertainment and it costs just £12.50 (+£2.50 booking fee). Tickets are limited and last year’s event was a sell-out so book now to secure yours. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at Piccadilly Circus with no booking fee (Open Tuesday – Thursday 6:30pm – 9:15pm – Friday & Saturday 6pm – 12.15am – Sunday 6:00pm – 8:30pm).

Also don’t forget to join Stand Up For GamesAid’s Facebook Page to get all the very latest and we’ll see you there for the show!