5 Nether St
North Finchley, London
Tzedek’s comedy evening is back! Enjoy a night of thrills, spills and laughter and come together against poverty. One of the best UK Jewish comedians and the host from 2018, Rachel Creeger, is returning and bringing some of the country’s top comedians with her.
We are delighted to have amazing talent this year in the form of Vikki Stone, Glenn Moore, Tez Ilyas, Sophie Duker, Anil Desai & Al Lubel!
What a line-up – read their bios & reviews below.
All proceeds from the night will go towards Tzedek’s work reducing extreme poverty in disadvantaged communities around the world.
Vikki Stone is an award-winning comedian, as well as a writer, composer, and actress. Her TV appearances include BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, BBC Three’s Uncle, BBC1’s Len Goodman’s Partners in Rhyme, ITV2’s Safeword, and voicing Bad Robots for E4, Blink for Channel 4 and Impractical Jokers for BBC Three. Vikki is a regular writer and performer on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, as well as being the inaugural writer and presenter of BBC Radio’s 3’s Proms Podcast.
“Vikki Stone is magnificent” Time Out
“Musical comedy genius” Absolute Radio
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Glenn Moore is a comedian, actor and one of the best and most prolific joke writers in the country. Glenn is a regular face on TV, having appeared on Mock The Week (BBC), Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2). He can be heard daily as one quarter of The Dave Berry Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio, the UK’s biggest commercial radio breakfast show. His critically-acclaimed stand-up show ‘Glenn, Glenn, Glenn, How Do You Like It, How Do You Like It’ was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award.
“The best showcase of pure joke-writing skill on the Fringe” – The Guardian ****
“A prolific writer of clever, distinctive gags. Brilliantly original punchlines” – Chortle ***
“This is a comedian putting others to shame. A stunningly well-crafted show” – The List ****
“Exquisitely-crafted gags” – Evening Standard ****
Tez Ilyas is one of the most celebrated rising stars in British Comedy. Tez is one of the stars of hit sitcom Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three) and has appeared on Mock the Week (BBC Two), The Last Leg (C4), Live From the BBC (BBC Two), Live from the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Kevin Hart’s Live from Montreal (LOL Network), Virtually Famous (E4), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and three series of his hit radio show Tez Talks (Radio 4). He has also written and starred in his own scripted project Bounty for Channel 4.
★★★★ ‘Tez Ilyas’s political stand-up is candyfloss with a razorblade inside: sweet and familiar at first, then shockingly, painfully sharp. It’s the kind of manoeuvre that takes serious talent to pull off.’ The Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to back it up, though his most prized asset could yet be his bold, subversive streak’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘Radiantly entertaining.’ The Times
Sophie Duker describes herself as a “sexy-cerebral comedy underdog” and is quickly establishing herself as one of the most exciting new acts on the circuit. In 2018 Sophie starred in a comedy pilot for Channel 4 called Riot Girls, as well as a new pilot for Comedy Central UK called What I Wish I’d Said. She is also a comedy writer whose funnies you might have heard in the following places: the British Broadcasting Corporation (Famlam, BBC2; The News Quiz, The Now Show, BBC Radio 4) and Cartoon Network (The Amazing World of Gumball). Sophie is an alumna of the prestigious Pleasance Comedy Reserve, has been shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award and is a previous finalist of the Funny Women Awards. She founded and hosts Manic Pixie Dreamgirls, an international, intersectional feminist comedy show that appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and 2017. Since January 2018 Sophie also hosts Wacky Racists, a ‘crazy stupid cool’ comedy cabaret gameshow, in a monthly residency at the Aces & Eights.
“A sparky proposition… intelligent jokes” – The Independent
Anil Desai, Star of ITV’s Imitation Game and BBC’s Goodness Gracious Me. Anil Desai’s unique brand of feel good, energetic, stand-up comedy is based on his real-life stories, experiences and observations – at times dry, occasionally sarcastic, but with genuine honesty and an optimistic wisdom, from his love of movies, and film-stars to his everyday life, global travels, relationships and the ever-changing state of the world and it’s cultures. Other credits include Hour (STV), Hey, Hey, it’s Saturday! (Channel 9, AUS), The Unknown Movie show (Ch31 Aus), The Kerner Show(German TV), Ali Mcgregor’s Cabaret Kitsch (BBC Radio 4) Humour TV (Netherlands), and BBC Asian Networks Big Comedy Night.
“A Tour-de-force of impressions…side-splittingly funny… Desai is ridiculously talented…his ability to change his face, voice and physicality is undeniably astounding…Stardom is beckoning”* * * * Edinburgh Guide
“Uniquely entertaining…consistently funny and memorable”* * * * Three Weeks
“…his mimics are exceptionally good…” Chortle
Al Lubel became a lawyer to satisfy his mother and quit to become a comedian to satisfy his sadistic need to torture her. After graduating law school in Florida, Al moved to California, passed the bar exam on his first try and immediately began the practice of standup comedy. Within a year he won the $100,000 Comedy Grand Prize on Star Search. Doing the Tonight Show was a big childhood fantasy, so Al auditioned and became one of the last comics to appear with Johnny Carson. Al went on to do six more Tonight Show appearances with Jay Leno and made five appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman. Al has also played an attorney on the Blake Clark HBO Comedy Hour and has been featured in the Showtime and PBS special, A Standup Life. He has appeared on all seven episodes of the ESPN series, Bill Walton’s Long Strange Trip. Al’s solo show, Al Alone, won the Amused Moose Award Judges Prize as the best one-person show in the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also was nominated for best performer for a solo show by the Barry Awards at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
“Al Lubel is a terrifically funny comedian.” – David Letterman
“Al Lubel has one of the best jokes I ever heard” Jerry Seinfeld
“Truly Brilliant” ★★★★★ London is Funny
Rachel Creeger has been running and compering comedy gigs since 2011 and is resident MC for established London club Upstairs at the Adam & Eve. She is an award-winning comedian and director, and an established writer, known for dark comedies ‘An Insomniac’s Guide To Ambulances’ and ‘Staffroom’. Rachel has been touring her 4* reviewed, sell-out solo show ‘It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl’, winner of the Best Comedy Award at the Greater Manchester Fringe 2017, around the UK and Israel, to great acclaim. She is now performing a new show, ‘Hinayni!”. As heard on BBC Radio London (regular guest) and BBC 3CR.
“Very, very funny.” Jewish Chronicle
“A confident and charismatic performer ★★★★ ” Funny Women
“Tight writing, sharp performance and a beautifully zany imagination.” The Brighton Source
“A great talent, highly entertaining and very engaging.” Salford City Radio