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BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY OFF THE KERB PRODUCTIONS
Taking over the Eventim Apollo on 28 and 30 March, Rosie Jones and Suzi Ruffell amongst many other esteemed comedians are raising money for Ukraine through a comedy benefit. Organised by Off The Kerb productions, Dara O Briain, Jack Lee, Jo Brand, Kerry Godliman, Romesh Ranganathan, Russell Kane, Suzi Ruffell, Tom Allen, Alan Carr, Angela Barnes, Joel Dommett, Mark Steel, Michael McIntyre, Nathan Caton and Rob Beckett are further taking part.
All profits from these two nights will go towards the British Red Cross DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. More names are being added imminently, so keep your eyes peeled!
Rosie Jones and Suzi Ruffell are visible LGBTQI figures in comedy. Covering our January 2022 issue, Rosie opened up to Roxy Bourdillon about being gay and disabled, revealing: “Nothing is off limits in terms of my love life and my sex life”. Saucy! “That one kiss with a girl made me go ‘Oh, this is how you’re meant to feel when you kiss someone’…I literally remember googling, ‘Can you be disabled and. Gay?’ So when I got a platform, it was so important to talk about going on dates and having my heart broken and being a dickhead to other girls.’”
Back in 2019, Suzi Ruffell opened up to DIVA about anxiety and authenticity. “For a long time when I first started, when I would say I’m gay onstage I would get cheers from men. I’d think “I don’t know why you’re happy. I’m never going to sleep with you!” I’ve experienced that over-sexualisation of gay women less and less over the last few years, but that’s also because I know how to deal with it better. If I ever receive homophobic heckling, I’ll win because I stand on stage every night of the week doing stand-up”, she revealed.
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