Can it be that summer holidays are coming to end already? Well they almost are for us. After and a smashing run of previews back in June, an al-fresco Canned Laughter at Crate St James’ Street, and several trips to the Edinburgh Festival we’re getting ready to head back to our spiritual home at CentrE17 this September 20th.


Once again, we’re incredibly proud of how generous you’ve all been in supporting us and the work of Eat or Heat. It’s a sad fact that the summer holidays are some of the hardest times for those who rely on food banks. For some 3 million children in the UK, the summer isn’t all endless days of fun in the park and family trips abroad, but rather a period of stress, food insecurity and hunger. To many British children, school isn’t just a place to be bored to death in a Geography lesson learning the difference between igneous, metamorphic and volcanic rocks, it is a place where they can expect to receive at least one square meal a day. In the holidays, this suddenly disappears for six weeks, shifting the burden to families already struggling.


Thanks to all your fantastic generosity, you’ve managed to help in a real and significant way. As you can see from this video, you once again outdid yourselves during our preview run, replenishing the shelves of food bank and donating well over a thousand pounds to help top up Eat or Heat during this busy time of year. We are all incredibly grateful.


And now as September fast approaches, we’re returning to Walthamstow with some of the finest talent to grace the stage of northeast London. We’ll have a fantastic line up, fresh from Edinburgh. Hopefully they’ll have had a wash, done their laundry and caught up with sleep before coming to make you laugh. Hopefully you know the deal by now, buy a ticket here, bring five items for the food bank and have a bloody amazing time!


If you want to find out more about the work of Eat or Heat, please do check them out here. And to be the first to know about our line-up announcements follow us Twitter and Instagram.


See you all on September 20th!


Big Love,

Team Canned Laughter x

Canned Laughter Does Edinburgh (In Walthamstow): Edinburgh Previews!

Ah, Edinburgh- so wet, so Scottish and so far away. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see the best acts of Edinburgh Fringe without having to wait for August and remortgage your rented flat to afford a train ticket and some ropey accommodation? Well, you’re in luck as Canned Laughter is donning its kilt, boiling a haggis and bringing Edinburgh to our fantastic Walthamstow home.

Over two weeks this June, CentrE17 will be hosting Canned Laughter’s first ever Edinburgh Fringe Festival Preview Season. With a jaw-droppingly good line up, we will be welcoming back nine fantastic acts to the stage for one last test run before they head north of the border.

Beginning on June 13th, we will have the likes of Max and Ivan, Sindhu Vee, Suzi Ruffell, Olga Koch and many more bringing the laughs, while we hope you’ll join and bring the donations.

The rules are the same: buy a ticket in advance online (click here!), bring at least five food bank friendly items (suggestions of what goes down well here), and come and L-O-L for a good cause. And as everyone loves a bargain, we’ve even done some special combi deals- so you can see all 9 acts for a ridiculously good £14. Cheaper than a battered mars bar and chips!

All profits from ticket sales go directly to Eat of Heat, and your canned goods help stock the food bank for weeks at a time. Sadly, as the reliance on food banks continues to grow, this support is still desperately needed. With Brexit uncertainty, welfare delays and stagnating wages, more people then ever rely on the fantastic work of the team of volunteers at Eat or Heat, who were founded back in 2014.  They work tirelessly throughout the year to make sure the families of Walthamstow are not left to fall through the system. The Canned Laughter family is proud to support their work, and thanks to you guys, we’ve raised over £11,000 for the charity, stocking the food bank for approximately 36 weeks in 2018!

We hope you can make it to one or all of these nights. We can assure you, they’re going to be shows you won’t want to miss.

Love from The Canned Laughter Team,

Kenny, Ali, Amelia, Ronan and Josh x


June 13th: Sam Lake, Kemah Bob and Joe Sutherland

June 14th: Olga Koch and Max and Ivan

June 20th: Rosie Jones and Suzi Ruffell

June 21st: Gabby Best and Sindhu Vee

Some big news from us: we're expanding!

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When we launched Canned Laughter last year, we never could have anticipated how much love and support everyone was set to show for a cause that is very close our hearts: the growing demand for food banks in our country. Since 2010, the number of people in the UK regularly using food banks has risen from the tens of thousands to the millions and there are now over 2,000 food banks in operation and horrifying statistics show that 37% of children in our capital city are living the poverty line.


Stories like Gary’s, who opened Waltham Forest food bank Eat or Heat in 2014, are the reason Canned Laughter was launched and why we’ve worked with Gary and the team for the past year. Eat or Heat was opened to support the growing number of local families who were having to regularly make the endlessly difficult decision of heating their homes or feeding their families. This is the reason we not only launched the night, but why we (and our amazing lineups) come back to The CentrE17 as often as possible. Without immense support from the amazing Max & Ruth and the rest of the team behind The CentrE17, we’d never have raised over £5,000, and helped stock up the food bank for up to 16-weeks.


While we are so proud to call The CentrE17 our home, we are very excited to announce today that we expanding the Canned Laughter family and on Thursday 8th November, we’re launching our second night at the Tram and Social. Our first night in Tooting will be hosted by none other than The Duchess of Canvey, Diane Chorley! We’ll announce more names in the coming weeks and we promise another stellar line-up.


Canned Laughter is all about supporting families and food banks alike, so we will be partnering with Wandsworth Foodbank, a food bank that provided 4,712 3-day emergency food supplies to people referred in crisis last year.


Of the announcement, Dan Frith, Manager at Wandsworth Foodbank said: “With sadly more people than ever needing support from Wandsworth Foodbank, we so appreciate fundraising like this which enables us to continue providing emergency food and support to local people in crisis.”


The exact same principles apply to the Tooting show: you buy your ticket in advance online (click here!), and we ask that you bring a minimum of five food-bank-friendly items along with you to the show. In return, we promise you a show you won’t want to miss.


We’re so excited that the show is expanding, and can’t wait for you all to join us in supporting this crucially important cause in another London Borough.


Love from Kenny, Ali and Amelia x



PRESS RELEASE: Waltham Forest charity fighting food poverty with comedy

Partnered with Waltham Forest’s The CentrE17 and food bank, Eat or Heat, Canned Laughter announces its fifth show


London, 23 April, 2018: Following four consistently sold out shows, East London-based comedy charity night, Canned Laughter, have announced their fifth show for Friday 25th May.


Launched by three friends Kenny, Ali and Helen in October 2017, Canned Laughter run bi-monthly stand-up comedy nights, from which 100% of the proceeds go to Eat or Heat, a Waltham Forest-based food bank charity for local families. Eat or Heat was established in 2014 to tackle local food poverty among families who were making regularly making the difficult choice between heating their homes and feeding their families.


Following in the footsteps of Nick Helm, Tom Allen, Aisling Bea and Tiff Stevenson, the May show will welcome Beth Vyse (MC), Jordan Brookes, Helen Bauer and Athena Kugblenu to the stage in its latest cohort, with 3 acts TBC.


Ticket prices range between £5-7, though a ticket alone is not enough to gain you entry. Each of the 120 attendees is tasked with bringing at least 5 food-bank-friendly items for donation (these include tins and jars of food, as well as tampons, nappies and other toiletries).


Having put on four shows to date, Canned Laughter has raised a total of £2,500 for Eat or Heat and each show has stocked the food bank for an average of 2-3 weeks. The shows are held at The CentrE17, Walthamstow’s newest theatre space which is run by local volunteers.


Date: Friday 25th May 2018

Time: Doors 7:30pm, show 8:00-10:00pm

Address: The CentrE17, 1 Church Hill, Walthamstow, E17 3AB


Early bird tickets have already sold out, however there are 100 general admission tickets available at If you’re interested but can’t make the date, donations can also be made directly to Eat or Heat.