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Angie Le Mar – 50ish and still standing Angie Le Mar – 50ish and still standing
Angie Le Mar – 50ish and still standing

50, still sassy and feeling good about it!  What a life, what a journey and so many jokes! If you want to experience the rollercoaster life of a black comedienne then you can do no better than spend an evening in the company of this ground breaking radio presenter, TV star, author and queen of comedy.


It will be an evening filled with pure laughter in her own inimitable style as she recounts her journey through the choppy waters that is the world of entertainment. No doubt she will mention her new critically acclaimed self-help book ‘Full Circle: Turning Your Gift Around’ in which she shares inspirational stories, her successes and heartbreaks.


Supporting her on the night will be the equally hilarious comedian Travis Jay – who just so happens to be Angie’s son!


Born in Lewisham, London, of Jamaican parentage, she grew up with four older brothers. Her experience at school was difficult, and it was not until she completed her education that she was diagnosed as being dyslexic. At the age of ten, Le Mar appeared in a school play called In on the Island at the Albany Empire and then attended the Lewisham Drama Club, inspired by her primary school teacher.


Le Mar cut her teeth on the comedy circuit, by initially doing open spots and warm-ups at events such as fashion shows and parties within the black community. She later rose to prominence on the emerging black comedy circuit in the 1990s, sharing the stage with established comedians such as Felix Dexter, Curtis Walker, Ishmael Thomas and Leo Chester all members of the BBC comedy series The Real McCoy. Her popularity earned her the title “The Queen of Black Comedy”.


Le Mar wrote her show The Brothers, which was originally aired as a radio production on Choice FM, produced by Ivor Etienne. Written in 2006 and directed by Le Mar, the show made its theatre debut at the Hackney Empire and became the fastest-selling show there since Hamlet. The Brothers was also recorded for television and shown on MTV Base.


The award-winning comedian on battling through tough times and is now through a favour for a Christian friend is now bringing stand-up to the church.


In a 2015 interview for the Voice Online she said “Doing comedy in church – it’s almost like going home, because you’re talking about a life that you know. You’ve come back and you can talk about your experiences growing up. When I was doing stand-up back in the day, that experience wasn’t necessarily a part of my set.


“There’s material that I wouldn’t use now because it’s just not where my head is at anymore. Funny is funny but there’s a line that I might not cross anymore.”


So catch the first female stand-up on the Black British comedy circuit it what promises to be an unforgettable and nostalgic night for lovers of great black 80s and 90s comedy.


Where: Broadway Theatre, Catford, SE6 4RU  When: May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm   Click here prices and full details


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