Stand Up For Shelter
Last night, me old mucker @phileasphil and I attended the Stand Up For Shelter charity benefit gig at the Hammersmith Apollo after I won a pair of tickets on the radio. And what a great night it was too!
On the bill, not the old ITV programme about the police, were Stewart Francis, The Cuban Brothers, Jimmy carr and Tim Minchin all linked together with the comedy stylings of Absolute Radio DJ Christian O’Connell.
First act of the night was Jimmy Carr who brought his usual light hearted shocking-type jokes to the gig. Having seen him recently at the Edinburgh festival there was a bit of repetition but there was some new topical stuff as well.
Next up were The Cuban Brothers and it’s hard to describe what they do. It’s music with dancing and comedy but that doesn’t really explain much or do it justice. The best thing to do is to hunt out a few vids on YouTube and watch them. They brought out someone who could actually do capoeira for a bizarre dance off as well!
There was a double dose of comedy to close off the first half with Sarah Pascoe and the hilarious Stewart Francis who was so funny that @phileasphil’s sides were hurting as we went into the interval!
After the break was Alistair MacGowan who brought a whole range of comedians with him including what is probably his best ‘new’ impression, that of John Bishop.
And then to close the show was Tim Minchin, who kicked off with his charity song called The Guilt Song (or “Fuck the Poor”) which he tweaked to fit the occasion by making references to the homeless and Jimmy Carr!
Next up was his ginger song Prejudice and then as there was “only one more day to sing this song” he launched into The Pope Song which went down extremely well with the audience.
After that he slowed the tempo down with Lullaby, preceded with a story about his ‘adopted’ daughter, before bringing the whole gig to a close with the song he uses to close most every show he does, Darkside.
It was a really good gig, and all in the name of charity, so not only are you left in a good mood because of the laughs delivered by the comedians but you’ve got that warm, fuzzy feeling in side as well knowing you’ve done “a good thing” by supporting the charity.
Even if our tickets were free!
We did donate some money via text though to make up for that though!