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Rethink Comedy Showcase

Rethink Comedy Showcase

14 May

Comedy on Referral in association with Rethink Mental Illness present an afternoon of fresh new comedy from graduates of their pioneering new comedy course for men. Their graduates will be supported by  Mr Cee and Michael Akadiri.

This special show is part of a Rethink Mental Illness programme that encourages more men to talk about their mental health. It works to create a space for men to support each other and reach zero suicide in our capital.

Rethink Mental Illness is the charity for people severely affected by mental illness. They provide expert information and services, and campaign to improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness, their families, friends and carers.    

Comedy on Referral is a comedy education programme that uses comedy in the community to improve peoples mental health. The project is designed and delivered by Comedian and Comedy Educator Angie Belcher. More details at http://www.angiescomedycourses.com


Mr Cee performs at various venues such as The Hackney Empire, The Comedy Store & Jongleurs and has also supported Kevin Hart, Dick Gregory, Paul Mooney, Felix Dexter, Gina Yashere, Curtis Walker, Angie LeMar, AY, Basketmouth, Okey Bakassi & Clint Da Drunk on their UK tours. Also he has hosted/performed at Concerts with Busta Rhymes, Redman, Method Man, Corrine Bailey-Rae, SWV, Jon B, Janet Kay, Carol Thompson to name a few. His comedy achievements ranges from doing ‘warm ups’ most recently for CH4’s ‘The Big Narstie Show’, the BBC1 show ‘Blouse & Skirt’ & also being voted the ‘Best Male Newcomer’ at the Prestigious Black Entertainment Comedy Awards in 2000. His presenting skills have been seen on Sky TV/YangaTV’s Noni-Chat’. He has fine tuned his topical gags by working as a stand-in on the highly popular BBC TV show ‘Mock The Week’ & his improv skills on BBC’s ‘Fast & Loose’. TV Appearances include BBCs’ Mali Monologues’, MTV BASEs ‘Kojo Comedy Fun House’ & FLAVA TVs ‘Real Deal Comedy Jam’


Michael Akadiri is an multi award-winning stand up comedian and junior doctor who has been seen on the ITV2s Stand Up Sketch Show, BBCs New Comedy Award & has recently starred in the latest series of Comedy Central LIVE.

His sold out debut Edinburgh Fringe ‘consistently funny, occasionally dark’ (Scotsman) show, No Scrubs was nominated for NextUp’s inaugural Biggest Award in Comedy and toured the UK in early 2023.

Winner – Komedia New Comedy Award 2020

NextUp Biggest Award in Comedy nominee 2022

London Finalist – BBC New Comedy Award 2021

As seen on Comedy Central LIVE, ITV2s Stand Up Sketch Show, BBC New Comedy Awards & Sky Sports’ World Cup Coverage.

As heard on Capital Xtra’s Breakfast show, Times Radio & BBC Radio 4.


“Charismatic”, “Sharp-witted everyman”, “In effortless control” (Chortle)

“Supremely talented and likeable” (Metro)

“Expect to be laughing regularly at him in the future” (Evening Standard)