NextUp, a digital comedy streaming service, has teamed up with Jericho Comedy Club to present an online comedy festival on 13th and 14th June. The festival will be streamed on Twitch and YouTube and with a live audience of 140 over video chat platform Zoom. Money raised from the event will go to Oxfordshire Mind, a local mental health charity dedicated to offering health and support to individuals struggling with mental health issues.
Jericho Comedy has more than 11 shows scheduled over the two days. The festival begins at 2 p.m., with streamed shows through NextUp, live podcast recordings, talk shows, game shows and live stand-up shows.
The lineup for the festival begins with a live podcast recording of ‘Daddy Look at Me’ with Rosie Jones, Helen Bauer and guest Stephen Bailey at 2 p.m. Following at 3:30 p.m. is a drugs talk show with Jacob Hawley, who hosts BBC Sounds hit podcast ‘On Drugs’, wherein Hawley will take a look at the drug legalisation debate. The rest of the day and into Sunday will include shows and acts such as a live musical gala, Comedy Club 4 Kidz, Dragprov Digital, and more.
Money raised from the event will go to Oxfordshire Mind, a local mental health charity dedicated to offering health and support to individuals struggling with mental health issues.
Harry Househam, one of the founders of Jericho Comedy, told Cherwell: “We’ve been working as volunteer community fundraisers for Oxfordshire Mind for the last 4 years, we started Jericho Comedy originally as ‘college comedy nights’ in college bars whilst I was a student at St. Hugh’s, when we sat down and tried to find a connection between Oxford students and the comedy community the most prevailing theme in that venn diagram was mental health. It was a cause important to us based on our own experience and people we know, but it also seemed like one close to the hearts of the comedy community, Oxford students and the people of Oxford as a city. Our list of charities was a list of one, we’ve been working with Mind ever since. They’re incredibly supportive of us, last year they gave us an award for outstanding commitment in fundraising and every year they support us to run a massive comedy gala at the Oxford Playhouse to over 1,200 people in a day. We love working with Oxfordshire Mind, and we’ve been lucky to see first hand where some of that money goes. Some of the services they offer are literally life saving, and we couldn’t be prouder to help fundraise for them.”