The Comedy Store And Cancerkin

Jan Leeming

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THE COMEDY STORE and Cancerkin

Date: 22nd February 2011


I am so glad I did the trek into London for the Cancerkin Evening at the Comedy Store. (Incidentally I got it slightly wrong and said that the evening was to raise money for Cancer Research – in fact it was to raise funds for Cancerkin which exists to give help and support to those suffering from cancer and also offers help and advice to their families).

The show was a sell out and all six comedians and the two excellent comperes gave their services free. The line up was superb - the comedians were Adam Bloom, Joe Bor, Bennett Arron, Mark Maier, Helen Lederer and Lee Nelson (Simon Brodkin). And the two comperes Ivor Baddiel and Tracy-Ann Oberman were as amusing as the comedians. I got face-ache from laughing. (Most of the comedians were incredibly funny without using a load of swear words except for one whom  I found a trifle offensive - and guess what, he is the most successful!  Why do these highly intelligent and witty people resort to using the 'F' word all over the place.  I suppose it started with Billy Connolly years ago and is now completely acceptable.  I don't think I'm a prude but I prefer wit to be clever and with much double-entendre.  Although Harry Hill's wit is beyond me, he is highly successful and doesn't resort to bad language which proves that swearing is not a compulsory element in comedy.  And I think it's doubly offensive when used by women)

They raised over £4,500 from ticket sales and the raffle and the auction of decorated bras is open till next Monday, 28th February so if you want a piece of memorabilia signed by a well known person, just put your hand in your pocket.  Just to mention a few there's a bra decorated by Dame Judi Dench, another by Maureen Lipman and Ruth Madoc.

That link again is

I got involved because of having worked in Calendar Girls with the lovely and talented Debbie Chazen. Half way through rehearsal she discovered she had Breast Cancer and like an absolute trouper continued with rehearsals and wowed them every night until half way through the show when she had to leave for surgery. She performed a poem she’d written as an Ode to a missing part of her anatomy. You’d never think anyone could take such a positive outlook and be so funny. She has promised me the poem and will let me publish it on the Website 

All the bras are shown on line if you follow the link above.  

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