Our flagship comedy night is back at the Comedy Store in London for another fantastic night of laughs. We'll be joined by Rob Deering, Paul Sinha, Paul Mayhew-Archer, Laura Lexx, Alistair Barrie and Paul Tonkinson. Secure your ticket today!
Comedian Paul Sinha was born in the UK to Bengali parents and the family medical dynasty. Whilst studying medicine in the 1990s, Paul took his first steps on the stand-up comedy circuit. He pursued both careers and at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe earned a nomination for the highest accolade in live comedy, the Edinburgh Comedy Award. Shortly after his nomination, Paul hung up his stethoscope to become a full-time comedian.
Paul is a familiar voice on radio and face on television with appearances on Just A Minute, The News Quiz, Fighting Talk, QI, Would I Lie to You? and Taskmaster. His own Radio 4 series 'Paul Sinha's History Revision' won the Rose d'Or for radio comedy in 2016. A lifetime of curiosity and learning informs Paul's comedy but now also ranks him as one of the UK’s finest quizzers. This has led to yet another concurrent career, this time as a general knowledge expert on the award-winning ITV quiz show, The Chase.
"One of those comedians who makes you realise the power of stand-up comedy and the respect it deserves as an art form." Yorkshire Post
"This is what a good stand-up should be. Hilariously funny, passionate and articulate." Chortle
"Well on the way to earning himself a place in the pantheon of comedy greats." The Scotsman
Paul's writing credits include 'The Vicar of Dibley’, ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ and the screen version of ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’ starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. He produced the much loved Radio 4 shows ‘I'm Sorry I haven’t A Clue’ and ‘Old Harry’s Game’, and as a script editor he worked on everything from ‘Spitting Image’ to ‘Miranda’. In 2011, at the age of 58, Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and decided to carry on laughing. In 2016 he made a documentary, ‘Parkinson’s: The funny Side’, and in 2017 he started doing stand-up about the condition for Parkinson’s UK, first at the Royal Albert Hall then at The Comedy Store. In 2018 he performed his first One Man show, ‘Incurable Optimist’, at the Edinburgh Fringe and this year - taking full advantage of his bus pass and senior rail card - he took the show on a nationwide tour.
2019 is turning into an unforgettable year for Paul. He’s looking forward to becoming a grandad for the first time, and he’s hopeful that a romantic comedy he’s written about Parkinson’s might get made. But first he is thrilled to be returning to London's Comedy Store for his third foray into the hilarious world of Shake with Laughter.
Rob Deering is a multi-talented comedian, musician, writer and runner who regularly performs in clubs, theatres and festivals around the world and across the UK, and has performed many-a solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe since starting out in comedy in the year 2000.
Along with fellow comedian Paul Tonkinson, he also presents and creates his own podcast, Running Commentary, where him and Paul talk about life, comedy and running… while running! Rob’s dad Barney has Parkinson’s and he’s been supporting Parkinson’s UK since 2007, through events, TV appearances, media and personal fundraising.
As Parkinson’s UK’s resident funny man, 2019 is Rob’s 8th year organising Shake with Laughter at London’s Comedy Club, bringing together the very best in stand-up comedy for a sell-out night of entertainment. And as Parkinson’s UK’s Champion of Running, Rob has completed the London, Berlin, York and New York marathons, passing his £100,000 fundraising target in 2018… and somehow he’s still going!
Laura Lexx is an award-winning comedian and writer, with credits including Live At The Apollo (BBC Two), BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC Two), The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra) and The Jason Manford Show (Absolute Radio).
Following a critically-acclaimed run of her show Trying, Laura won Best Performer in the Comedian’s Choice Awards and was in the top 10 of Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. Laura won Best MC in the 2017 Comic’s Comic Awards and has gigged at comedy clubs and festivals all over the UK and around the world, as well as providing tour support for Jason Manford, Tim Vine and Russell Kane.
Laura has also recently been a guest on Russel Kane’s Evil Genius podcast and Richard Herring’s podcast. If that isn’t enough, Laura is joining 2019’s Shake With Laughter lineup fresh from performing her new show, Knee Jerk, at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.
Alistair Barrie is one of the top headliners on the international comedy circuit, having performed in over 40 countries including the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York. He is a regular at London’s Comedy Store and a core member of their weekly topical ‘Cutting Edge’ team.
Alistair has also made countless appearances at UK music festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, and has taken several solo shows to Edinburgh Fringe. He is a frequent panellist on BBC Scotland’s award-winning ‘Breaking the News’, with other appearances including 'Celebrity Deal or No Deal', ‘BBC Breakfast,’ and ‘The Blame Game’.
He has written for most major TV and radio networks as well as a number of other comedians, and keeps a regular blog, 'Food Ponce,’ about restaurants he visits on his travels. Alistair’s latest show, 'The InternationAL', received a highly coveted five star review from The Scotsman, before selling out its entire run at The 2019 New Zealand International Comedy Festival, so we’re delighted he’s joining our Shake With Laughter lineup in 2019.
A sensational live performer, Yorkshire man, marathon runner and former (double award-winning) Time Out Comedian of the Year, Paul Tonkinson has long upheld his esteemed reputation as one of the finest stand-ups the UK has to offer. With a unique and distinctive style, Tonkinson is noted for his effervescent physicality and skillful impressions, which bring alive exuberant, tender comic reflections on love, family and the day-to-day idiosyncrasies of 21st century living. A plethora of first class material, combined with tremendous charm and irrepressible, infectious energy make for quite a formidable talent.
After many years of storming the circuit, and much badgering from fellow professionals, he took to the road in 2012 with his eagerly anticipated debut tour: Paul Tonkinson; Fancy Man. The tour took in 50 dates across the UK, and gave audiences the opportunity to experience the full Tonkinson phenomena in all it’s glory.
Following his solo tour, he was given the opportunity to play to a wider audience, joining the mighty Michael McIntyre as a special guest on live shows around the UK. In 2013 he had the honour of joining Michael as a special guest on his global arena tour; playing to millions across the globe, as far and wide as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Paul joined Michael again in 2015 as special guest on the Happy & Glorious Tour; playing to sold-out crowds in arenas across the UK.
On TV, he’s most recently performed on BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store and The World Stands-up. He was recently a contestant on Ch. 4`s hit show Celebrity Come Dine With Me, proving he’s not just a dazzling stand-up talent, but a whizz in the kitchen, scooping first place to win the cash prize for charity. Back in the day, when he was a mere whippersnapper he had a stint presenting Ch. 4’s The Big Breakfast and he has also presented radio shows on XFM in London and Manchester. He has just completed a stint as a Programme Associate on BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre Chat Show.
His first love remains stand-up, and Tonkinson remains in great demand in the UK and across the globe, performing at all the major international comedy festivals including the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs festival where he hosted the esteemed Britcom Gala. Confirming his status as an invincible and highly versatile performer, he is also a regular entertainer for the UK Armed Forces, and has performed in Afghanistan and Iraq; playing to 2,500 troops in 45 degree heat in the middle of the desert.
The Comedy Store is a licensed premises so you must be over 18 to attend.
Line-up is 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.
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