Human Appeal announces Comedy Takeover 2021 to warm the soul this winter


Human Appeal, one of the UK’s fastest growing NGOs, is returning its UK-wide winter Comedy Takeover to raise money for the Winter Emergency Appeal.

The tour will take place in Glasgow, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Blackburn, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leicester, London, Croydon, Ilford, Luton and Slough with COVID guidelines in place. 

Comics on the bill this winter include Ali Official, star and writer of hit series Muzlamic (BBC), judge of the BBC New Comedy Awards and presenter of the BBC’s Being British Bangladeshi. Aatif Nawaz, Ali’s Muzlamic co-star and co-writer, joins Ali on what will be his 5th consecutive Human Appeal Comedy Tour.

Omar Regan, a veteran US comedian and actor with a huge fan base in the UK, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East, is also on the line-up. He ranks among the top ten comedians in the Muslim World, using comedy to promote tolerance, diversity and build bridges across racial, religious, and social divides.

Ola Labib is known for her infectious charm, edgy comedy material and wry humour. Ola’s mission to smash stereotypes has made her the toast of the nation’s hottest venues, including The Comedy Store, Hot Water and The Frog and Bucket and many more.

Jeremy McLellan, honoured as a New Face of Comedy at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, is a regular face on Human Appeal’s UK Comedy Tour thanks to his high energy and rib-tickling jokes, and completes this year’s comic team.

Tickets are now available at Grab £5 early bird tickets now, only available for a limited time.

Human Appeal’s Winter Emergency Appeal funds the NGO’s work across ten countries, helping 90,000 people to stay warm during the coldest months of the year, providing winter clothing, shelter reinforcements and heating, and food parcels. The campaign also supports long-term solutions to humanitarian crises worldwide including access to water, healthcare, permanent housing and farming, and support for street housing and orphans.

Zaheer Khan, Director of Fundraising at Human Appeal, says: “The last 2 years have been a very challenging time for us all. COVID and the harsh reality of losing our loved ones has cancelled so many events. There have been times where we haven’t been able to call in on family let alone friends and people in our community. The comedy tour has traditionally been an annual gathering of 8000 people made up of families and individuals who come together, have a great laugh and support amazing winter causes. I’m so delighted that we are back this year with a huge bang. It will feel great to see all those smiling faces once again in what we anticipate to be our biggest and most successful tour to date.”

Event takes place in Cardiff on 22nd December at  Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa 24 – 26 Newport Rd, Cardiff CF24 0DD

Donations to the Human Appeal winter emergency appeal can be made here.