Dr Barnardo’s Comedy Gala

Thursday 3rd November – The Water Poet

Dr Barnardo's Comedy Gala

Book for Dr Barnardo’s Comedy Gala

Shoreditch’s favourite pub the Water Poet and the Dead Comedian’s Socks are proud to present Dr Barnardo’s Comedy Gala. A  night of comedy and fun to support Barnardo’s Young Carers in London. Caring for a parent, brother or sister is really hard work and can be a very lonely time for a child. Your support could give young carers a break to help them enjoy being a child again.

Dr Barnardo's Comedy Gala

It’s mouth-wateringly delicious

It’s been 150 years of putting kids first for children’s charity Barnardo’s so help us continue our work. Join us for a one off exclusive Gala Comedy night featuring some of the best comedians around.

The ticket are £15 per head and include a platter buffet from the gourmet kitchen of the Water Poet.

(NB. The easiest way to pay and get your ticket/s is through the online payments system. If you prefer not to pay the booking fee, you can send a cheque to Aishling Mayer, Barnardo’s London Region, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Essex IG6 1QG. Please write your name, contact number and email address on the reverse so we can allocate your ticket/s. Thank you)

So why not make a night of it and support a great cause. Having a laugh and doing the right thing has never been made easier!

Dr Barnardo's Comedy Gala

Water Poet Platters are legendary!

Do what’s this Comedy Gala all about?

Well to start with there’s a gourmet platter with your name on it. Not literally, that would be weird!
But a mighty selection of sharing platters with food for every taste. Here’s some examples.


  • Aberdeen Angus Cheeseburger Sliders
  • Harissa & Yoghurt Marinated Lamb Skewers

Fishy Friends:

  • Devilled Whitebait
  • Smoked Salmon & Creme Fraiche Crostini
Dr Barnardo's Comedy Gala

Food for every palette

Veggie-Zen types:

  • Tomato, Black Olive & Basil Pastry
  • Fried Padron Peppers

Food will be served from 7pm… So there’s plenty of time to relax, have a drink, share some food and get to know your fellow Gala comedy-gang.

On with the show

To show will start at 8:30pm, with resident Water Poet comedy host and MC: Frank Cassidy. Frank will attend to all your comic needs making sure you are well and truly ready for the
professional line-up of top club comics coming your way.

Dr Barnardo's Comedy Gala

Damian Kingsley

Knock, knock who’s first on the bill?

The first acts to grace the Gala is none other than Damian Kingsley. Damian has had an amazing year. He’s completed a 120 date national comedy tour (from Land’s End to Edinburgh) for the housing and homelessness charity, Shelter.

The tour required him to not use any money nor public transport. He had to rely of the kindness of others for food and accommodation. His tour raised well over £20,000 for Shelter.

On top of that he then did his critically acclaimed Knock Knock (4 star) Edinburgh show throughout August.

So expect Damian to be firing on all cylinders as our opening act of the Gala!

“Kingsley made us roar with his witty sketches about life, love and general embarrassment, throwing in a few brilliant metaphors and mixing them through his intelligent comedy. ” – Broadway Baby

“Slick, well-evoked, anecdotal material powered by punchlines” – Chortle

Dr Barnardo's Comedy Gala

Time for another drinky?

Time of a little break?

Maybe it’s time to powder a few noses or get another round of drinks in? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. The main break of the evening is here!
Have 20 minutes on us.

What’s next?

Time for our middle-act: the amazing Andy Storey!

Andy started Stand-Up in November 2010 and since then has been remarkably prolific finding himself in the final of six major competitions. Notably ‘One to Watch’ runner-up at the world
famous, Up The Creek Comedy Club, Leicester Square

New act of the year and the highly prestigious BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2015.

Andy Storey

Andy Storey

Born and Braised in the North of England BBC Radio New Comedy Award finalist 2015, Andy Storey is one of the most exciting, original and idiosyncratic rising stars of the post alternative
comedy scene. His deliciously dry sense of humour, and effortless performance style mark him out as a refreshing, albeit positively cynical new voice in comedy.

“Slick relaxed delivery that packed the gags in! … Wry punchlines efficiently packed in keeping the audience laughing.” – BBC Comedy Awards.

“Sharp and funny…a wistful Alan Bennett quality…perfectly pitched.” The Herald.

“Slick relaxed delivery…Wry punchlines efficiently packed in keeping the audience laughing.” Steve Bennett – Chortle.

The main event…

Now the moment we’ve all be waiting for. The headlining act of this Comedy Gala.

Dr Barnardo's Comedy Gala

Keith Platt: Professional Yorkshireman

It’s Keith Platt: Professional Yorkshireman.

Keith is a legend of the UK comedy scene. He’s been entertaining people up and down the country by “telling it like it is” since to wife died in an unfortunate shopping trolley related accident in
Morrison’s car park a few year ago.

His no nonsense world-view coupled with a northern wit has been entertaining comedy audiences, festival crowds and petrol station staff all over the world ever since!
So sit back and hear how the world should be run. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it’s just yours is the wrong one and his is the right one.

This will not be for the faint hearted!

“Brilliant, like a Yorkshire Al Murray” – Daily Mail

“Unmissable” – Time Out

“A c**t” – Jimmy Carr

So what are you waiting for?

Get some tickets, tell your friends and get yourself down to the Water Poet for some  fun and good times.

Dr Barnardo's Comedy Gala

Book for Dr Barnardo’s Comedy Gala

Thursday 3rd November – Dr Barnardo’s Comedy Gala £15

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Don’t worry you can still help out can following the below link to the justgiving.com page and donating something.

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