The Mencap Big Comedy Special

Big Comedy Special

Announcement: The Mencap Big Comedy Special 

The learning disability charity Mencap has announced a heavyweight line up for the Mencap Big Comedy Special on Wednesday 2nd October 2013 at the Hammersmith Apollo, LondonBig Comedy Special

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The comedy marathon includes funny favourites Omid Djalili, Jo Brand, Richard Herring, Jessica Hynes, Andrew Maxwell, Jon Richardson, Susan Calman, Tim Vine and Wendy Wason who have all signed up to do their bit for the Mencap comedy evening which promises to be a mix of stand-up comedy and sketches featuring some very special guests still to be announced.

Jo Brand, said: “Once again I’m really looking forward to being part of the Mencap Big Comedy Special. I have worked with adults and children with a learning disability since the age of 17 and it’s a charity close to my heart.”

The Mencap Big Comedy Special brings together some of the UK’s best-loved comedians for a fundraising night of side-splitting entertainment. All proceeds from the Big Comedy Special will support Mencap’s continued work supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Mencap campaign for equal rights, challenge attitudes and prejudices, and support people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want to.

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability since establishing in 1946; their vital work is only possible with the funding from their extensive fundraising programs such as The Big Comedy Special.

Mark McGoogan, Director of Fundraising, at Mencap, said: “The Big Comedy Special will be a truly fantastic event and we’re so grateful to all the comedians taking part who have given up their time to help raise money for a really great cause.”

About Mencap:

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.

For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) or email

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money, which affects someone for their whole life.

People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complex information and interact with other people. The level of support someone needs depends on individual factors, including the severity of their learning disability.

Learning disability is not a mental illness. The term learning difficulty is often incorrectly used interchangeably with learning disability.

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