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Shake with Laughter London

Thanks to everyone who came to support our 6th Shake with Laughter London show!

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It was another sell-out show and you helped us raise over £9,500 to support research into new and better treatments for Parkinson’s.

Shake with Laughter will return to London in October 2018 - come back soon for more details!

This year saw host Rob Deering, Gary Delaney, Lucy Porter, John Moloney, Princes of Main, Paul Mayhew-Archer and the hilarious Tim Vine take to the stage for yet another incredible night of stand up.

The 2017 line up:

Rob Deering

Rob Deering is a comedian, musician, writer and runner. He performs in clubs, theatres and festivals across the UK and beyond – from Australia to the US, Europe to Dubai. He also does radio and TV work, including 99 Things to Do Before You Die on Channel 5 and Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks.

Rob’s dad, Barney, has Parkinson’s and Rob started supporting Parkinson’s UK in 2007 – first by winning £24,000 on Celebrity Weakest Link, followed by winning Celebrity Mastermind and Pointless. 

Last October was Rob’s fifth Shake with Laughter for Parkinson’s UK, bringing together the cream of comedians at London’s Comedy Club. The gig was headlined by Alan Davies, whose grandfather had Parkinson’s.

Rob does collections at his shows and raises sponsorship through running. He has run the London, Berlin and York marathons and will run both the London and New York marathons in 2017. He is on track to reach his £100,000 target over 10 years of fundraising. 

Rob grew up in London and Oxfordshire and lives in London with his wife, Julia, and their two children.

Gary Delaney

Gary Delaney is a regular guest on Mock The Week (BBC Two). His other TV and Radio credits include 7 Day Saturday (Radio 5 Live), Robert’s Web (Channel 4), Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4) and Russell Kane’s Whistle-Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2).

Gary is widely regarded as being the most quotable one-liner comic in the country. He projects the barely hidden delight of a cheeky schoolboy and the audience can’t help but be carried along by his infectious charm.

Gary has also written extensively for TV and Radio including 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, A League Of Their Own, 10’Clock Live, The British Comedy Awards and The News Quiz.

Tim Vine

Tim Vine made his first real attempts at stand-up comedy in 1991 at the Comedy Café in London.

In 2000 Tim performed in the Royal Variety Show in front of Prince Charles. From 2001 to 2002 he appeared in two series of ITV’s ‘The Sketch Show’ which won a BAFTA. In 2004 he broke the Guinness world record for the most jokes told in an hour (499).

He appeared in 5 series of the award-winning sitcom ‘Not Going Out’ and he played Beach the Butler in series two of Blandings. Other TV shows include Live at the Apollo, Q.I, winning Celebrity Mastermind, hosting ITV game show ‘Don’t Blow The Inheritance, a regular on Celebrity Squares, a regular on Countdown’s Dictionary Corner.

Continuing with his live comedy ‘The Tim Vine Chat Show’ where Tim interviews members of the audience and interviews them was a sell-out in Edinburgh 2011, 2012 and 2013.

In 2010 and 2014 Tim won the Dave Television award for ‘Best Joke at the Edinburgh Fringe’, the only person to have won it twice. He has successfully toured all of his stand-up and has released two books ‘The Tim Vine Joke Book’ (2010) and ‘The Tim Vine Bumper Book of Silliness’ (2013).

John Moloney

John Moloney has been a professional comedian for over 25 years, entertaining audiences across the globe with his crafted, intelligent and original stand-up routines. Winner of the Best Live Performer award for two years running at the London Comedy Festival, John has become one of Britain's most in-demand comedians.

John was also delighted to be nominated as ‘Best Live Stand-Up’ at the British Comedy Awards – but was even happier to be the winner in the Category “ Outstanding Contribution to UK Comedy “ in 2015.

John is highly sought-after on the Corporate Circuit, and has developed a relationship with many blue-chip clients, who use his services at their events and conferences year after year. 

Lucy Porter

Lucy is a comedy hit across the globe, taking her distinctive, bouncy, feel-good comedy to Hong Kong, Manila, Switzerland and Paris. She was also invited to Miami to take part in NBC's Last Comic Standing and has performed in the States for NBC and HBO at their Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Back home, she has toured the UK multiple times to critical acclaim and played some of the country’s biggest festivals including Latitude and Kilkenny.

Lucy is a regular face and voice on TV and radio panel shows having appeared on QI, Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Room 101. She is also a quizzing demon having appeared on BBC 1’s Pointless (with partner Ed Byrne), ITV’s The Chase and Celebrity Mastermind. She remains amongst the most sought-after comedy writers in Britain and was one of the lead writers on ITV1's prime-time Sunday night satirical animation series Headcases.

In 2014, Lucy wrote the thought-provoking and witty play, The Fair Intellectual Club - Following the success of its Edinburgh run, BBC Radio 4 commissioned a 6-part drama series based on the play which aired in November 2016. Lucy is an accomplished actor having played Nurse Flinn in the criticallyOne Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in Edinburgh and London's West End, alongside Christian Slater. Recently Lucy has contributed to various publications as a columnist, including City AM, Cook Vegetarian Magazine and Mother & Baby.

Princes of Main

Princes of Main are Ben Pope, Jamie Fraser and Alex MacKeith, a sketch trio who between them have popped up on BBC3, BBC Radio 4extra, Sky Arts and Comedy Central. They do very silly sketches, gags and bits at theatres and festivals all over the country. 

Paul Mayhew-Archer

Paul Mayhew-Archer is a comedy writer and producer whose credits include The Vicar of Dibley, Mrs Brown’s Boys and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

Six years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and made an award-winning documentary for BBC One entitled Parkinson’s: The Funny Side. It is permanently available on iPlayer under Inside Out South.

The documentary covered a lot of ground, including Paul's personal experiences of Parkinson's, the quest for a cure, a ballet class for people with Parkinson's, what happens to the brain when you turn off a deep brain stimulation device, and Paul's love of chocolate.

Paul won the Grierson Trust's 'Best Documentary Presenter' award for Parkinson's: The Funny Side beating competition from the likes of David Attenborough and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

He now writes about Parkinson’s, gives speeches about it and even appeared on The One Show to talk about it. He is a member of the Oxford and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK and they are hoping desperately for a cure to be found so he will finally shut up.

Paul has no intention of letting Parkinson's slow him down. He's working as hard as ever and has been commissioned by the BBC to write a romcom about romance blossoming in a Parkinson's ballet class.

Paul joins Shake with Laughter making his stand-up debut.

Critical praise for the stars of Shake With Laughter London

Rob Deering: "As sharp and versatile as a Swiss Army knife, Rob Deering is one of the best performers currently on the circuit." - The Independent

Gary Delaney: “Razor sharp one-liners” - Daily Telegraph

John Moloney: "... Quick off the mark, John will have had the audience laughing three times in the time that it takes any other comedian to say 'hello' - Don Ward, The Comedy Store

Lucy Porter: “Brilliantly crafted jokes. This is get-happy comedy at its very best” - Time Out

Princes of Main: "Fresh, crafty sketches full of gags for Generation Y" - TimeOut

Please note:

The Comedy Store

  • The Comedy Store is a licensed premises so you must be over 18 to attend.
  • Line-up subject to change.
  • The views and opinions expressed at Shake With Laughter London are solely those of the performers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Parkinson's UK.
  • The Comedy Store is a basement venue and therefore not fully accessible. 

View photos from Shake with Laughter 2014 on Flickr