Why The Matt and Co Comedy Show is so Important
On Monday night at Union Chapel Matt Richardson, along with a host of brilliant comedians like Russell Howard and Ian Sterling, came together to raise money for the National Autistic Society (NAS.)
The show was comprised of two acts and ran for around three hours; the line-up had some recognisable faces and new talent that was equally as hilarious.
Russell Howard closed the first act with a brilliant discussion of fear-mongering in the news interjected with his well-known, hysterical impression of the Queen and how football is like a religion, which was made even funnier by the chapel setting. Joe Wilkinson’s (8/10 Cats Does Countdown) witty, if apathetic discussion of his day to day life and potential autobiography was side-splitting. While Ian Sterling (the voice of Love Island) who closed the show, amused with an anecdote about a holiday with his geeky friends that went wrong, leaving everyone in the venue thoroughly entertained. Newer talent, like Evelyn Mok, Ken Cheng and Adam Hess were met with waves of laughter for their sets. Mok was particularly notable, her vagina jokes directed towards Niall Aslam, who was in the front row, were hysterically funny.
Richardson was a fantastic host, entertaining between sets with anecdotes about his girlfriend and parents, the latter of who was in attendance, making his jokes about their sex life awkward but nevertheless entertaining.
While the evening was filled with light-hearted laughter and recurrent jokes about the acts not being paid, the motivation behind the event should not be forgotten. NAS, as stated on their website, is ‘the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. [Their] goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.’
The charity was founded in 1962 and since then have significantly helped autistic people and their loved ones through education, community projects and events like this one.
Speaking to SP on what the charity and event mean to him, host Matt Richardson said: ‘I helped put the show together because I think NAS is a brilliant charity who help so many people and I want as many people as possible to hear about their fantastic work!’
The host went on to share that from a comics point of view; it was also a great ‘opportunity to put a load of [his] favourite comedians on a bill together!’
Not only was the show an excellent way to raise awareness and money for the charity, but it was also a thoroughly entertaining night, and all of the comics and NAS volunteers should be commended for the success of the event.
The underlining message of the show was that we should remember there are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, and that by educating ourselves about the disability we can help stop the stigma surrounding, and support those living with, autism.
As NAS state on their website, the best way to help autistic people and their families is by spreading understanding about autism, donating, volunteering and fundraising. So, by attending the brilliant events put on by the charity, like The Matt and Co Comedy Show, you can not only help fundraise and donate but can become more educated on what its like to live with autism and why we should all make the conscious effort to support charities like NAS.
The comedy night was £30 a ticket and raised over £15,000 for NAS; Richardson mentioned the possibility of another comedy night next year, so keep an eye out for the event in 2019.
You can catch Matt Richardson and Ken Cheng presenting The Hangover Games on Channel 4, Russell Howard in The Russell Howard Hour, Joe Wilkinson on 8/10 Cats Does Countdown and find out about all the aforementioned acts’ upcoming tours here.
Click here to find out more about what NAS do and how you can get involved/donate.