Kai Humphries: Punch Drunk

MZA Artists presents

Kai Humphries: Punch Drunk

  • Thu 7 - Sat 9 Dec 2017, 9pm
  • Soho Upstairs
  • From £10

‘Glows with positive vibes… massively funny… See this show, it’s four stars and five tissues. You may actually feel a little punch drunk when you come out – but you’ll be grinning like a loon.’
★★★★ Scotsman

In the boxing ring, the only thing more powerful than sibling rivalry is brotherly love.

Acclaimed award-winning comedian Kai and his brother Gav grew up on a council estate in the mean streets of Blyth, a socially deprived town on the outskirts of Newcastle. Gavin wasn’t just an older bro but also occasionally also a bodyguard, his “protection” allowing Kai to develop the cocky, fearless personality that would equip him to go on to become an internationally successful stand-up.

This wonderfully affirming and downright hilarious story is how a life-changing accident in 2013 led the brothers to create one of the country’s most prestigious comedy chains – “Punch-Drunk Comedy” and how Punch-Drunk’s regular stand-up events along with their associated food-bank collections, community outreach programmes as well as the now infamous and literally life-saving Comedians Boxing charity fundraiser ‘Fight For Kian’ * has brought some of the biggest names in live comedy to the working men’s clubs in the North East of England and has both reignited and rejuvenated a community’s spirit. Feel good comedy of the highest order and jokes which (literally) pack a punch!

  • ‘Fight For Kian’ brought together 20 of the biggest and best comedians from the UK comedy circuit and was hosted by Rhod Gilbert. A sold-out audience of 800 packed the biggest local sporting arena to cheer on the event (under the watchful eye of Millennium Martial Arts) which was staged to raise money for pioneering and life saving neuroblastoma treatment urgently needed by local lad Kian Musgrove, which was only available in America and would cost no less than half a million dollars. The headline fight on the card would see the two brothers pulling on their boxing gloves and fighting in front of their home crowd, against each-other.

Age Recommendation: 16+
Running Time: Approx 60mins

Kai Humphries: Punch Drunk Performances

Thu 7 Dec 9:00pm
Fri 8 Dec 9:00pm
Sat 9 Dec 9:00pm

‘I did not expect a stand-up comedy to become one of the most inspirational and emotional shows I’d ever seen… something incredible… It’s intensely emotional, incredibly inspirational and wonderfully told, and still littered with Humphries’ brilliant humour…Kai Humphries: Punch-Drunk surprised me in so many wonderful ways, and I cannot sing its praises enough.’
★★★★★ Voice Magazine & Winner Voice Magazine Pick Of The Fringe

‘Awesome… Amazing… massive laughs… a festival highlight.’ ★★★★★ Times (Aus)

‘This is a touching, lovely comedy show and also a glowing testament to people doing good things in bad times. Warning, you may just get something in your eye when you see some of the clips onscreen towards the end. If a film producer is not already making a movie version they really ought to get their skates on.’
★★★★ Beyond The Joke

‘Humphries’ perpetually upbeat charisma, pushing and pulling us between laughter and empathy… Endearing and confident…through the lucrative stylings of Kai Humphries’ story-telling we are eventually brought to view his hometown as one that is caring and misunderstood in such a way that strums delicately upon the heart strings… Grateful and richer for the experience, take to heart the rewarding message behind the laughter: “Never ever quit”.’
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

‘Wonderfully affirming and downright hilarious .’
Edinburgh Evening News

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