Beyond a Joke Comedy Gala

Beyond a Joke Comedy Gala

Registration fee: £25 Minimum sponsorship: £400
18th April 2024 North West

Consider yourself a bit of a comedian? Voted class clown in school, or regularly have your friends and colleagues in stitches? Put your funny flair to good use by fundraising and taking part in our fantastic comedy gala – Beyond a Joke!

We’ve teamed up with The Comedy Trust for the fourth time to give budding comedians the opportunity take part in their sell out comedy course for beginners and raise money to help those affected by lung cancer.

Working with a leading circuit comedian, you will benefit from a five-week workshop where you’ll learn to create and shape your own stand-up routine. You’ll then take to the stage to perform in front of an audience of family and friends at the prestigious Royal Court Theatre.

If you’d like to take part then simply register your interest or sign up by filling in the form at the bottom of this page.

Yes, of course I was absolutely terrified. But when the adrenalin kicked in, I was off and running, and I enjoyed every second of it. The training from the professionals was amazing, and it all came together on the night. I think someone even laughed in the right places! It’s a brilliant experience and helps a great charity too.

Graphic designer Ricky Williams, of Everton, took part in last year’s event, and just about survived his baptism of fire.

The comedy training…

The Comedy Workshops commences 6pm – 8pm held on:

  • Thursday 14th March
  • Thursday 21st March
  • Thursday 28th March
  • Thursday 4th April
  • Thursday 11th April

The sessions will be held in the Cotton Exchange Building on Old Hall Street in Liverpool. Please ensure you can attend all dates before signing up.

The main event will then take place on Thursday 18th April at the iconic Royal Court with tickets costing just £12 per person. Tickets will be on sale soon.

What’s included for our comedians…

  • A chance to broaden your skill set, improve your confidence and try something out of the ordinary – Whilst raising money for a good cause.
  • Five high-quality group workshops with a professional comedian to refine and perfect your set.
  • Your name, picture, and bio in the official Beyond a Joke programme.
  • Support and advice with your fundraising so you can raise as much money as possible.

It may seem like a scary prospect to stand on stage and make people laugh, but it’s nowhere near as scary as being told you have lung cancer. Your donations and support mean so much to our charity, the patients and families that are living with lung cancer.

Not everyone wants to run a marathon; Beyond a Joke is a fantastic and unique way to raise money and help those living with lung cancer.

What we need from you

A 5-week commitment

Beyond a Joke only works if you attend our workshops. Each workshop will be 2 hours long and will run for 5 weeks. There will be a final shorter ‘rehearsal’ workshop on the day of the show.


We need you commit to raise a minimum of £400. This allows us to cover the costs of running the event and support people living with lung cancer. Our fundraising team are here to help with fundraising hints and tips to make sure you hit and exceed your target.

Invite your family and friends

We want this event to be a sell-out, so please help us fill the room and create an amazing atmosphere by inviting your family and friends. Tickets cost £12 and will be on sale soon.

Secure your place at Beyond a Joke

Ready to take to the stage?! Register your interest to hear back from our team or directly sign up if you’re ready to get stuck in.