Can you let us know a little more about what’s happening during the event?
It’s going to be an online event that’s a little like Live At The Apollo, but a home edition. Hugh Dennis is compering the event for us, and we have performances from headliner Jo Brand, Stephen Bailey, Eshaan Akbar, and Lucy Porter. As well as performing a set, our celebrities will be interviewing people living with dementia, asking about their experiences during lockdown and the importance of Alzheimer’s Society’s virtual services over the last year. You’ll also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes as there’ll be a prize draw, with the star prize coming from Jo Brand.
Why choose a comedy night?
My team spent time brainstorming lots of ideas for our upcoming events calendar and a comedy event was one of them. With Jo Brand as an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador and having worked with other top comedians in the past, we had some great connections already, so a comedy event was just a natural fit. Plus, as a team, we just really love comedy!
The original plan was for an in-person comedy gig, which was what we were gearing towards but, obviously, Covid-19 happened so we had to cancel the original event. We realised it lent itself nicely to an online event.
The comedy night is an opportunity to bring our whole community together virtually and not just focus on the fundraising.
It’s like a night off for people!
Exactly! It’s been a really tough year – especially for people living with dementia – but this is an opportunity to get everyone together virtually and offer everyone a good laugh because they need it. And laughter’s really good for wellbeing, which is even more reason to get involved.