HowTheLightGetsIn announces Comedy Programme for 2019 London festival

 HowTheLightGetsIn announces Comedy Programme for 2019 London festival

HowTheLightGetsIn features a world class speakers line-up

HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival that gathers Nobel Prize winners, politicians and comedians together with the hottest music performers, has today announced its comedy line up for this year’s festival, September 21st-22nd 2019.

Following a sold-out debut in London in 2018, HowTheLightGetsIn returns this September to Hampstead Heath in the idyllic setting of Kenwood Housegardens, for a packed weekend of world-changing ideas, music, comedy and culture – right in the heart of our capital city.

The full programme features over 50 debates and talks with 100 of the world’s leading thinkers, plus 40 music and comedy acts across 8 stages. This year’s comedy line up features some of the most exciting comedians on the UK comedy circuit, with rising stars alongside established favourites.

Leading the bill is Tony Law, simply the greatest surrealist stand-up of the past 10 years. He has previously been nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, and appeared on Have I Got News For You, Russell Howard’s Good News andNever Mind the Buzzcocks. In 2017 he co-created ‘The Battle for Icetopia’ – an experimental comedy opera on ice that won the Chortle Award for Event of the Year. This is post-modern stand-up taken to dangerously funny new levels.

The charismatic and completely unique Olga Koch returns to HowTheLightGetsIn after garnering rave reviews for her 2018 debut show Fight, nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. She’s been described as “one to watch” by Metro, listed as one of the Guardian’s “best new comics” at the Edinburgh Fringe, and has appeared on The Now Show, Mock the Week and Pls Like. Also featured is the provocative and dangerously funny Alfie Brown, whose stand-up masterfully blends eye-watering confessionals, political commentary and wild improvisational tangents. He’s been hailed as “quite simply the future of British stand-up” (The List), and a string of ambitious shows to his name continues to bear that out. “Brown’s is one of the boldest new voices I’ve encountered… mapping a route to a different class of humour.” Guardian

Self-described “sexy-cerebral comedy underdog,” Sophie Duker is fast establishing herself as one of the most exciting new acts on the British stand-up circuit, and comes to HowTheLightGetsIn fresh from her debut at the Edinburgh Fringe. A comedy writer whose credits range from the BBC’s Famalam and Radio 4’s The News Quiz, to Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball, she has also recently starred in a brand new comedy pilot for Channel 4 called Riot Girls.  “Laugh-out-loud funny” The Telegraph

And let’s not forget Heidi Regan, winner of the 2017 BBC New Comedy Award and So You Think You’re Funny. Heidi’s quirky, absurd and philosophical brand of comedy has been acclaimed by industry insiders and audiences alike, and has seen her star rise fast since her first stage appearance just four years ago. She has been nominated for no fewer than 12 comedy awards for her whip-smart writing and inimitable live performances – though Regan is prone to make light of her success with her trademark brand of deadpan Australian humour as she riffs on everything from her love of shark B-movies to her coming-out story.

Also featured at HowTheLightGetsIn 2019:

Rising star of the British comedy scene Alex Kealy, “a reservoir of memorable gags” (The List) / acclaimed live act Pierre Novellie, nominated for Chortle’s Best Club Comic for two years running  /  Star of Radio 4’s The News Quiz and Where’s the F in News?Eleanor Tiernan  /writer, director and comedian Stuart Laws, “fantastically funny” (EdFestMag)

Said festival director Hilary Lawson:

“Rising star of the British stand-up scene Alex Kealy has curated our comedy line up for the last six years, and has a real talent for catching some of the UK’s most exciting comedians, like Nish Kumar, Aisling Bea and Phil Wang, before they became household names. With an indecently funny comedy line-up, we’re incredibly excited that this year’s festival promises Edinburgh headliners rubbing shoulders with some of the best up-and-coming talent on the comedy circuit.”

Speaker Highlights:

Philosopher, sociologist and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek  /  former Lib Dem leader Vince Cable  /  Conservative leadership candidate and rising political star Rory Stewart  /  economist and best-selling author Mariana Mazzucato  / Astronomer RoyalMartin Rees  /  former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett  /  best-selling philosopher Julian Baggini  /  co-founder of Novara Media and author of Fully Automated Luxury Communism Aaron Bastani  /   author of The Precariat and  founder of the Basic Income Earth Network Guy Standing  /  BBC News presenter Joanna Gosling  /  political theorist Chantal Mouffe  /  novelist, poet, playwright and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo  / author and parapsychology researcher Rupert Sheldrake   /   writer, critic and broadcaster Shahidha Bari   /   and many more

Tickets for the full weekend are available from £98. All students and under 25s are eligible for a 30% discount.

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