The legendary Arabs Are Not Funny comedy night is putting on a special performance at Grand Junction on 25 May to raise money for Hands Up.

Ahead of the event, alongside our friends Grand Junction and Arts Canteen, we thought it would be nice to introduce you to the people helping to bring the event to life.

Here you can hear a bit more from Grand Junction. We’re so grateful to them and Arts Canteen for their support.

  • Tell us about Grand Junction

Grand Junction is a multi-arts venue housed in the Grade 1 listed Neo-gothic St Mary Magdalene’s church in London, Paddington. Managed by Paddington Development Trust, in 2019 the Grand Junction project saw the church open for the first time as a venue. Since then, we have hosted a vibrant programme of music, arts and performances for adults, families and young people.

  • Why do you want to support Hands Up?

We are proud supporters of the Hands Up Foundation’s inspiring work, and admire their dedication to providing vital aid and support to Syrian communities through their education and health projects. With ongoing conflict and recent earthquakes, the need for this kind of support has never been greater.

Since Grand Junction opened as a venue, we have regularly celebrated Middle Eastern culture and talent. It is an honour to be able to contribute in a small way to Hands Up’s vital work by hosting a fundraising night that brings people together, raising awareness of the charity and the work they are doing for Syria.

  • What most excites you about this event?

We are very excited to partner with Arts Canteen and Hands Up Foundation to bring the legendary comedy night back to Grand Junction! This time round the event will be an extra special one, as we are joined by an incredible lineup of ten talented comedians, some of whom have previously performed on our stage and others who will be making their Grand Junction debut. We love hosting Arabs Are Not Funny, as it’s always a great evening for people to come together and share an evening of laughter at our venue.

Tickets are still available

Arabs Are Not Funny takes place on 25 May at 7.30pm. Tickets come in tiered levels of £25, £35, or £50 with all profits coming to Hands Up.

The lineup features Prince Abdi, Esther Manito, Isabelle Farah, Omar Badawy, Hilal Kassem, Elie Maalouf, Talal Karkouti, Ahmed Ibrahim, Mamoun Elagab and Farah Sharp.   

All profits will go to support our health and education programmes in Syria and Lebanon, where access to these services is limited, if available at all.  

Secure your tickets today from the Grand Junction website