In a historic first, BBC Radio 1Xtra is set to grace the Hackney Empire with the uproarious presence of the Comedy Gala featuring Eddie Kadi & Friends on the 13th of March 2024. Ticket sales kick off on Friday, the 26th of January 2024, at 10 am.

Meticulously curated and hosted by Eddie Kadi, a luminary BBC 1Xtra presenter and one of the comedy world’s fastest-rising stars, the Comedy Gala promises an evening brimming with laughter, celebrating both established figures and emerging talents within the black comedy circuit.

The night will see Eddie Kadi share the stage with a stellar lineup of headline giants and promising newcomers poised for a breakthrough in 2024, including Babátúndé Aléshé, Gbemi Oladipo, Kane Brown, Kyrah Gray, Michael Odewale, Ola Labib, Slim, and Thanyia Moore.

This exclusive 18+ event offers tickets starting from £14 (plus booking fees). The show will be available for viewing on BBC iPlayer and listening on BBC Sounds from early April. Additionally, the evening will be complemented by live music from Rampage Sound, and the red carpet affair will be expertly hosted by Joelah Noble.

Eddie Kadi says: “Hackney Empire is the home of Black Comedy and I’m so proud to be hosting the BBC 1Xtra Comedy Gala, showcasing the superstars of our thriving scene alongside the next generation of new wave stars.”

Faron McKenzie, Head of BBC 1Xtra, says: “Hosting the 1Xtra Comedy Gala is an immense honour, and with BBC 1Xtra’s legendary presenter and comedian Eddie Kadi at the helm, we’re ready to celebrate the UK’s most brilliant comic talent. We’re proud to shine a spotlight on rising stars on the scene, and cannot wait to give our audiences an unforgettable night of laughter at the iconic Hackney Empire.”

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