Stand Up With Ukraine: Manchester comedians organize a fundraising evening to help victims of the war in Russia


The local comedy group said they wanted to do something to help those affected.

A group of comedians from Manchester combine laughter with a good cause by organizing a comedy evening Stand Up With Ukraine.

Elena Comedy, made up of three city-based stand-up artists, is hosting the party in Altrincham this weekend.

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A line-up brimming with talent from across the North West will take to the stage and all proceeds will be donated to the ongoing humanitarian effort to support the people of Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s invasion of the country.

Organizers said after seeing the coverage of what was happening in Ukraine, it was impossible not to do something to help.

What is the comedy night for Ukraine, when is it and who gets the money?

Stand Up With Ukraine will take place at the Smoke and Mirrors venue in Altrincham on Sunday 24 April from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

The doors will be open from 6 p.m.

The lineup features around half a dozen comedians, including Dom Hatton-Woods, Lottie Blacklock who is a rising star on the University of Salford comedy scene, and observational comic Mike Keenan.

The event is organized by Elena Comedy, a group made up of Manchester-based comedians Levy, Chaz Hine and Sam Anibaba.

Tickets are £8 in advance, available here on Skiddle, and £10 at the door.

Why is the comedy night taking place?

Levy spoke about his own upbringing in Eastern Europe, which meant invading Ukraine felt very close to home and how he and the other members of Elena Comedy wanted to use their skills on stage to help good causes.

Levy said: “When the situation in Ukraine started, it really hit me because I am from northern Romania, an area right on the border with Ukraine.

“It was strange because we felt very helpless, but I also found that there was absolutely nothing I could do to help. We were discussing and decided to create this.

Levy, one of three standing performers from Elena Comedy

“For me, it gives me more meaning. I’m an observational comedian, so whatever I’m going through, no matter how bad it is, if I can crack a joke or make people laugh, it’s worth it.

“It takes him to the next step of trying to give something back to the community.

“As Elena Comedy, we asked ourselves how we could have a bigger impact and what we could do.”

Levy says Elena Comedy is now considering doing more regular standing parties to benefit charities, with food banks and mental health organizations, among other causes potentially on the recipient list.


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