Minchin aids sweatshop workers

18 April 2012 - 3:45pm
Press release

May Day gig follows 9p an hour scandal

Comedy rock star Tim Minchin is to headline War on Want's May Day comedy gig.
Minchin will lead a galaxy of performers on International Workers' Day (Tuesday, 1 May) in a gig whose proceeds will boost the anti-poverty charity.

It last month launched a new report which showed Bangladeshi workers toiling marathon hours for as little as 9p an hour, making sportswear for the official 2012 Olympics partner Adidas, as well as poverty wages in Nike and Puma factories.

The show aims to yield cash for activity that backs people in developing countries battling for decent pay and conditions from suppliers of clothes, flowers, tea, fruit and wine to British retail chains.

The lineup also includes Iranian standup Shappi Khorsandi, actor-turned-comic Andi Osho and Doc Brown – younger brother of novelist Zadie Smith – along with Time Out prizewinning comic Robin Ince and cabaret musical duo Frisky and Mannish.

Among the other entertainers will be Kevin Eldon – who stared in Brass Eye, Hot Fuzz and Nighty Night – and Alistair Barrie, a Cutting Edge team member at the Comedy Store who writes the West End show No Pressure to be Funny.

The rest of the bill at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire features Chortle awards winner Seann Walsh, Royal Variety star and Perrier nominee Hal Cruttenden, and newcomer Graham Wilde.

Tickets, now selling fast, cost £20 at http://www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk/event/38241/war-on-want-comedy-gig-2012-tickets

Duncan Wilbur, fundraising and communications director at War on Want, said: “We are thrilled that so many terrific comedians have agreed to appear in a show that will be bigger and better than ever. We hope many people will book for a brilliant night in a marvellous cause.”


  • The show will also benefit War on Want campaigns and overseas work
  • War on Want can provide images of the comedians
  • Doors open at 7.00 pm for the show, which starts at 7.30 pm

CONTACT: Paul Collins, War on Want media officer (+44) (0)20 7324 5054 or (+44) (0)7983 550728


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